What's up, prize fighters?
I'm Brian Tong, and the console wars are now in breaking the 4K generation.
But how much do the upgrades actually pay off?
It's a throw down showdown for game console supremacy between Sony's Playstation 4 Pro and Microsoft's Xbox One S. Let's get it on, Round one in design.
Most of the time, consoles get smaller when they go for the first updates.
Sony did make the PS4 Slim, but we're talking about 4K consoles here, and the PS4 Pro is actually bigger in size than the previous PS4.
It's now a three layer sandwich that's one pound heavier, deeper and wider in size by two centimeters And just around the same height but we're getting a lot more packed into that package.
Now the Xbox One S reduces its size from the previous Xbox One by forty percent and the power supply is in the console and not some extra brick.
Its a nice compact package and I like how they mix it up with white for the standard console color and controller.
So If we're just talking aesthetics, round one goes to the Xbox 1S for me.
Round two is navigation and interface.
The PS4 brings an even cleaner single bar interface with their latest system software.
It's simple to use, and really can't get any easier for a gaming home entertainment console.
The Xbox One's interface takes a cue with the Windows 10 tile interface.
I like all the game and video images.
But it's a little messier to get around with its navigation bar that's throwing Community, its One Guide, and Store at us with slightly different looks to all of them.
Now, it's just trying to showcase too much at once, where the PS4 interface can do other things, but it's primarily focusing on the game.
Microsoft brings face recognition and voice control with the Kinect, but the Xbox One S doesn't even include the Kinect any more, the PS4 also supports facial recognition and voice commands through its add-on camera and headset as well, but I've never regularly used them for either console.
The cleaner the better, and we're giving the PS4 round two.
Round three is hardware.
4K support is what takes these consoles the next level up.
But, they do it differently.
The PS4 can play 4K supporting games, and can stream 4K content from services like Netflix and Amazon.
But its disc drive does not support 4K Ultra HD discs.
The Xbox 1S can also stream 4K content, but it's also one of the cheapest Blu Ray players that supports 4K Ultra HD discs, And if you're someone looking to upgrade your home theatre system, it makes a difference.
Sure there are services that stream 4K content but you still can't beat the fidelity from an actual disk.
Both consoles support HDR content, and it's up to game developers to decide how they want to use the extra power available to them.
It could be higher frame rates, higher fidelity textures, HDR support, or all three.
It just depends.
And moving forward, we'll see how developers really take advantage of this.
Now when it comes to console power, the Xbox One S gets a slight processing power edge from the Xbox One by overclocking the In the processor.
But in most real world tests it helps keeps framerates locked in consistently.
There's support for HDR but there isn't a drastic amount of new power available for devs to play with.
On the other hand the PS4 Pro is a different story.
An entirely new GPU and more efficient use of system memory has boosted its power.
2.28 times compared to the original PS4, but again, it's up to developers to take advantage.
The XBox One still supports a cable connection for you to watch TV through it and it might be a difference maker for you, while Sony has their Playstation View TV streaming service, but we're more focused on the gaming aspect here.
So let's not forget the PS4 platform support this thing called PSVR the most affordable to get a legit virtual reality experience.
Now when it comes to hardware, you'll probably look at this console differently.
Xbox 1s has a drive but PS4 pro has improved it that directly affect game and so then we see Microsoft project Scorpio and taking the PS4 pro this round.
Next up is game library.
Each console has their flagship exclusives, and in a perfect world, we own both consoles.
I mean, some of you do.
Now, Sony has Uncharted 4, and Microsoft had Tomb Raider as their answer as an exclusive for a year.
Microsoft has Halo, Gears of War, and Sunset Overdrive Sony has Blood Born, Rocket League, and Last of Us remastered.
And we know about all the blockbusters on both consoles like Call of Duty, Battlefield, and I got to show love to my NBA 2K Ballers but the list of games from both consoles with improved graphics, better framerates, and ACR support is all over the place but at the moment the PS4 Pro has more titles available.
Now I won't turn my back on the Xbox's backwards compatibility.
It's important, but I'm playing newer games compared to ones from four to five years ago.
And this always comes down to a personal preference.
But Sony gets the edge here, not only for it's great indie games, it has a longer list of games that are supporting the new power available to it.
But it's also the ability to enter the world of VR that you just can't do with the Xbox One S at the moment.
Advantage PS4 Pro.
The final round is value.
Microsoft listened to the people and put out a console without a Kinect, and it helps the price at $299.
The best way to sum this up, the Xbox One S has two terabytes of storage, and one of the most affordable 4K blue ray ultra AC disc players and ACR support for $299.
Now, the PS4 Pro brings more raw power, a 1 terabyte drive with 4K streaming and HDR support for $399.
But if we're talking just pure value, I'm going to lean on the Xbox One S, and it takes this final round.
So let's take a look at the breakdown.
The Xbox One S took design and value.
While the PS4 took user interface, hardware and game library.
But the final decision always comes down to you.
The Xbox positions itself as really more than a game console with cable TV capability.
And now a 4K ultra-HD disk on top of a gaming console.
The PS4 Pro is even more focused on the gaming than ever with the addition of its PS VR, so.
If you already owned the previous generation of either of these consoles, it's even hard for me to recommend and out right upgrade for either one unless you're committed to a 4KACR TV set moving forward.
But if you're still deciding between the two right now, and you can only pick one.
And you're telling me I have to pick one.
I'm gonna go PS4 pro with the hop that developers truly take advantage of the new power moving forward, but ultimately you're gonna be happy with either one.
I'm Brian Tong, thanks for watching I will catch you guys next time for another Prizefight.
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