Guide: PS4 Pro vs Xbox One X – Which should you buy?

The introduction of the Xbox One X brings a new wrinkle to the relentless console war: a new update to the mid-range console vying for your cash in the shadow of the more affordable Xbox One S and PlayStation 4 Slim. But with the PS4 Pro approaching its first birthday, there are new battle lines to draw: PS4 Pro or Xbox One X – which should you buy? It’s a complex question that we’re going to try to unpack in this article, and hopefully by the time you’re done we’ve helped you make up your mind.

  • PS4 Pro vs PS4 – Which Should You Buy?

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PS4 Pro vs Xbox One X: What’s the difference?

There are plenty of differences between the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X under the hood, but the bottom line is that they’re both similar plays from their respective manufacturers. Neither device is billed as a next-gen console, instead they’re designed to enhance the experience you’ll find in standard PS4 and Xbox One gaming. You can learn a bit more about this in our PS4 Pro vs. PS4 comparison, but the general idea is that the more powerful GPUs are leveraged to upscale the base resolution found in the standard version of games to 4K, or something like that.

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As already mentioned, the main difference between the PS4 Pro and the Xbox One X is the power that each platform is pushing respectively. The PS4 Pro, which went on sale a year earlier at a lower price, opts for a 4.2 TFLOP GPU, while the Xbox One X has a 6 TFLOP GPU. In real terms, this means that the Xbox One X is capable of achieving resolutions closer to the native 4K version than the PS4 Pro, although obviously the results will be different and vary drastically depending on the game. Another strength of the Xbox One X is that it packs 12GB of GDDR5 RAM compared to the PS4 Pro’s 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, and while Sony’s system comes with an additional 1GB of DDR3 memory for system functionality operating, this essentially means that the Microsoft machine has more room to support higher resolution textures. Again though, your mileage will vary depending on the game.

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Other differences include a 4K Blu-ray player on the Xbox One X that’s absent on the PS4 Pro, as well as support for Dolby Amos. However, both consoles support HDR, the feature found on most modern TVs that enhances contrast and color in games.