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Xbox One X vs PS4 Pro: What's the difference between the 4K consoles?

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Xbox One X (Scorpio) vs PS4 Pro

We take a look at the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X specifications to see how they compare.

The PS4 Pro and Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One X mark a shift in console gaming, doing away with the idea of generations in favour of an iterative hardware model. At least, that’s what it looks like.

Both machines will support all existing PS4 and Xbox One titles respectively while also adding plenty of new features and hardware improvements. This blurring of the lines is something we’ll be seeing plenty of in 2017, with Sony and Microsoft pushing their 4K flagships further than we’ve ever seen before.

At this point, let's be very clear on the fact that these consoles are very different offerings that aren't exact side-by-side rivals. While they both offer 4K gaming, they fill different parts of the market due to their different pricing. Still, a side-by-side look at specs never did anybody any harm, did it?

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PS4 Pro vs Xbox One X– Pricing and Availability

PS4 Pro is already out on the market, having launched in November 2016. Retailing at £349.99, Sony’s upgraded console is pretty good value considering the quality of its specs.

The Xbox One X, meanwhile will launch on 7 November for £449/$499. That's not a massive leap up from the PS4 Pro, but it is still a jump that some people might not be willing to make.

PS4 Pro vs Xbox One X – Processor

Xbox One X: 8-core, 2.3GHz processor

PS4 Pro: 8-core, 2.13GHz processor

PS4 Pro is using an improved version of the original model’s chip with a slightly boosted clock speed. The Pro now runs at an impressive 2.13GHz, while the vanilla console lags behind at 1.6.

The One X meanwhile, has stolen a bit of a march on the Pro and has a slightly faster processor, but the real meat of this comparison lies in the graphics.

PS4 Pro vs Xbox One X – Graphics

Xbox Scorpio: 6 TFLOPS, 326GB/s, 12GB GDDR5

PS4 Pro: 4.12 TFLOPS, 218 GB/s, 8GB GDDR5

First, let's bust the jargon: TFLOPs stands for trillion floating point operations per second, which is the simplest way of measuring graphical horsepower. GB/s is the bandwidth of that memory, which tells you how quickly the GPU can move frames through the memory and out to your TV or monitor. The more memory, the more high-resolution textures the GPU can access quickly at any one time, increasing performance.

The PS4 Pro possesses 8GB of GDDR5 with an additional 1GB of RAM set aside for handling background processes, while the Xbox One X nets a full 12GB of GDDR5. Both consoles will share their memory between the GPU and CPU, although how much each gets is unknown.

How will this affect gaming?

Technical jargon aside, this difference in graphics power will make a difference when it comes to both consoles' 4K chops. Microsoft is aiming for full, native 4K at 60fps, while not all PS4 Pro games meet that specification. Some games run at 30fps in 4K, while others manage full 60fps performance at full, native 4K. The rest are a combination of games that only run at 30fps in 4K, or ones that render at sub-4K and use clever upscaling techniques to appear to be in 4K.

All Xbox One games will run better on One X, whether or not they've been specifically updated to do so. You'll be able to play One X games at Full HD, too, and you'll get the choice as to whether you want to downscale from Ultra HD resolution for ultra-sharp graphics, or simply run games at 1080p for better performance. This is notably different to the PS4 Pro, which has a habit of hiding these settings from the user unless they've specifically opted to run their console at Full HD only.

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PS4 Pro vs Xbox One X – Games and content

If you’re worried about being left behind with this new wave of consoles, don’t be. PS4 Pro and Xbox One X will support all existing PS4 and Xbox One titles respectively, with some even benefitting from notable visual and performance enhancements.

Microsoft has also confirmed that Xbox One backwards compatibility will roll over to the One X. The service currently has more than 300 titles, which is nothing to sniff at.

There will be no One X-exclusive titles with the exception of experiences that support certain virtual reality peripherals – support for which still remains unconfirmed.

Like UHD Blu-rays? Xbox One X will support 'em, along with Dolby Atmos. PS4 Pro only supports HD Blu-rays and there's no Dolby Atmos support. But both consoles will support the HDR 10 standard on both streaming

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PS4 Pro vs Xbox One X – Conclusion

Since launch, the PS4 Pro has come into its own with an assortment of improved specs and the newly implemented Boost Mode. Introduced in PS4 update 4.50, this new feature amps up the performance of all PS4 games to varying degrees, enhancing some titles by almost 40%. It’s the best PS4 iteration on the market today, although it’s not entirely worth it for those without a 4K display.

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Xbox One X is still several months away, but Microsoft clearly has some ambitious plans in the pipeline with new features, and IP yet to be announced for the console.

However, the kicker is just becoming obvious. The Xbox One X will launch for £450/$499. This puts it some way above the PS4 Pro, but not by a gigantic margin. If you were already saving for a 4K games console, this could change your plans. Especially if the 4K Blu-ray player is something you were mulling over.

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Let us know your thoughts on the consoles in the comments.

Rider

June 12, 2017, 2:25 am

I'm not too sure which console i should buy really as I plan on buying a console plus 4K TV.

Blu-Ray player: Microsoft win here, it sound like a great add-on.

Graphics: Microsoft win again but I'm one of those people who care more about games than graphics. once you start playing a game for 8 hours then i don't think too much about the precision of grass in the game.

Games:, I want to buy loads of console games with my new setup, will Microsoft release exclusives? not sure. Sony did well here & i'd like to get Horizon Zero Dawn & Last Guardian.

Price: The problem is here, i want to spend more buying games (on top of my new TV) than pay extra for console features lke blu-ray, if i buy a 350 Pro instead of a 450/500 Xbox X then I can buy extra 3 games and/or accessories as well as having to get a 4k TV. Games are expensive.

I'm not sure at the moment but price & exclusives is dragging me towards Pro.

Rider

June 12, 2017, 2:33 am

Price difference may be 150 in November, so that's like 4 games i can spend money on instead of new features like 4k uhd blu-ray. That's what's bugging me about this.

I also have to buy a 4K TV too. Is spending extra on the XBox One X really worth it??

Steve Holderby

June 12, 2017, 3:22 am

You've answered your own questions throughout this tirade. If you don't care about graphics, get the Sony. If you don't want to be able to play UHD Blu-Rays, get the Sony. If you want to pay less, get the Sony.

gamer taboo

June 12, 2017, 7:28 am

Yes, it's really worth it if you're actually going to buy a 60Hz 4k TV. While neither console will play every game at true 4k and get decent framerates... this time around the Xbox One X is going to be QUITE a bit ahead in terms of performance in EVERY multi-platform game that releases. At the very least you can expect to probably play the more demanding titles at 1440p upscaled to 4k (you won't notice this) with fairly decent framerates on the Xbox One X, while the PS4 Pro will likely struggle to do that same feat. If I had to bet the PS4 Pro will play at 1080p and upscale, which would be fine on a 1080p TV to be honest.

This WILL matter to you if you are playing on a 4k 60Hz TV, especially with HDR.... If graphics don't matter, why buy any of them? Go buy a used 1st gen Xbox One and play on a 32" 720p flatscreen at 25fps....? Super cheap dude. 0.o

Lol funnily enough, both still lag a bit behind PC. But 6TFLOPs at $499 is pretty decent if you enjoy the console experience, that is upper midrange PC, RIGHT NOW, which is kinda-sorta amazing. And it would be tough to build a 6 TFLOPs PC for $500 (brand new), as the 6+TFLOP GTX 1070 is like $400 by itself. (though it would be doable if someone is willing to buy used, probably, with a used GTX 980 ti and a used recent core i5 plus motherboard combo)

It's a beast of a console, and as a PC gamer (for the most part, I do own PS4 and Switch consoles for exclusives...) I am excited to see what sort of games it brings for all of us gamers. Nothing but good news as long as people buy the thing. This is literally one of those times where, "more is better" and "you get what you pay for." Make the right choice, it's very very simple. It's just expensive. (Or nix the whole plan and come to PC, we get all xbox games anyway now)

However, after saying ALL of that. Only the PS4 and PS4 Pro will be able to play The Last of US Remastered and the Last of Us Part II when it comes out. If you haven't experienced the Last of Us remastered for the love of gaming figure out a way to experience that game.

HYPERTiZ

June 12, 2017, 8:22 am

Because PS4 Pro is checkerboard scaling 4k. NOT Native 4k.

Xbox One X and PCs support NATIVE 100% 4k.

HYPERTiZ

June 12, 2017, 8:23 am

dont forget online subscriptions /half satire and truth.

nah but honestly as a PC gamer, its same with PC Gaming;
Its a hobby and a luxury item (for PC its top end graphics card when the vast majority purchase mid range for best bang for buck). it was never meant for being a nessacity. either buy it or not; your choice

HYPERTiZ

June 12, 2017, 8:58 am

"If you don't care about graphics, get the Sony. If you don't want to be able to play UHD Blu-Rays, get the Sony. If you want to pay less, get the Sony." ~ Steve Holderby

Genuinely the only reason one gets a console is imo personally brand exclusives even then these days many come to PC..

Gears of Wars 4, Recore, Killer Instinct, Halo Forge (has multiplayer matches), No Mans Sky (shudders), Automata, and more.

I would personally suggest PC as unlike half a decade ago controller support was sparse; but today its in every game even with DS4 and 360 support.

I had played all playstations (excluding vita) and Xbox's at mate's place. i personally own all but a ps4, ps vita, xbox 360 and one series,

Considering the prices of PC harware since its debut (consoles) it has dropped substantially. There is never a better time to have both worlds. to be honest. Sony and a PC :)

I would get a PS4 but honestly I rarely play exclusives and would rather play Coop with mates (campaign+PvE) and prefer multiplatforms vastly more.

I have to play Life is Strange, and pumped for the upcoming Battlefront 2 (a much needed revamp from EA's horrid first attempt lacking so much and locking so much of the game down :( ) and Far Cry 5

phinn

June 12, 2017, 12:17 pm

1440p is plenty of resolution. Would prefer game running at 60fps Ultra anyway. They both are the same value in dollar per TFLOPS and serve as an interim upgrade until next-gen in 2020 which will be 12-15 TFLOPS and 24GB RAM if trend continues as it has been.

Kvally

June 12, 2017, 3:35 pm

We want native 4K though, so 1440p isn't plenty for our 4K TV.

Enrique Hadinoto

June 13, 2017, 12:30 am

Should i wait for the next gen console or buy the xbox one x ? Or wait for ps5?

Walter

June 14, 2017, 10:50 am

Personally? I'm waiting for the PS5. I don't even own a 4K TV yet, so it really doesn't make all that much difference to me.

alan green

June 15, 2017, 11:38 am

Some games on ps4 pro ARE native 4k. For example Fifa 17 and Wipeout run at full native 4k/60fps with no use of checker-boarding.

Nitebreed

June 19, 2017, 12:15 pm

If your life time net worth ends with the price of 3 games then you probably shouldn't get any console. This is not a new console. It's an upgraded Xbox One made for people who want to have the specs it has. It's not being forced. You still have the option of Xbox one or Xbox one S. How much did your phone cost vs the price of the Xbox one X?

MacGillaPhoil

June 25, 2017, 3:35 pm

I currently have a high end gaming PC (1080GTX, i7-6700K, 32gigs, Samsung 850 1TB SSD) and a Xbox One original.

I built the PC last year because I used to be a PC gamer and I was just bored with the Xbox One.

Well after moving my gaming to the PC I find that I simply do not like gaming on a PC when it comes to Multi Player games like BF1.

My PC can run that game to the max and it looks amazing and is butter smooth. The problems with PC gaming are multiple. First on any popular multi-player game cheating is out of control. There is a multi-million dollar business selling PC gaming cheats that are stupid simple to install and setup. Another problem I notice is that there are not as many players so at times I get dropped into half full servers that collapse which is a problem I never have on the Xbox One. Lastly I bought BF1 for the Xbox and PC at the same time. Both had bugs, but the PC version had way more bugs and took way longer to fix.

Going forward I will only play single player games on my PC, things like Witcher 3 where I can max out the graphics and play the game by my self. For any MP games I am going back to the console. I am trying to decide between PS4 Pro or Xbox One X. I am leaning towards the X since I own a Xbox One and it looks to be the more powerful of the two by a wide margin.

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