Even though it has been almost 30 years since it began, the console wars rage on. The latest generation includes the Nintendo Switch, modern gaming Pcs, and the two big console players: The Xbox One X and the PS4 Pro. Triple-A Gaming is beginning to make the jump into 4k, and Microsoft and Sony are at the forefront of it. And while similar in technological specs, they are for very distinct and different audiences.
To get the specs out of the way, the Xbox One X comes with a bit more RAM (12 gigs) than the PS4 Pro (8 gigs) and has 1.8 more teraflops on its GPU (whatever that means). I am not really a hardware guy, so most of this means nothing to me. For someone who is only looking at the specs, the Xbox One X has the more powerful systems in place, which makes sense since it came out almost a whole year later.
From a games perspective, the PS4 Pro wipes the Xbox One X (or any Xbox one) completely. The PlayStation 4 has the latest Crash Bandicoot, The Last of Us Part II, Bloodborne, Uncharted 4, and Death Stranding just to name a few of their 71 total exclusives. Meanwhile, the Xbox One has Forza 5, Halo 5, Sunset Overdrive, and that’s pretty much it. While Microsoft also has Sea of Thieves and a few others on the horizon, most of those are compatible with PC as well, so I do not count them. The Games that Sony develops in-house and lands for their exclusives are pretty monumental experiences with incredible talent working for them. Xbox, on the other hand, only gets the occasional gem, and even then it is shared with the PC almost all of the time.
Sony also beats Microsoft with its peripherals. Microsoft has never really dipped into the peripherals market, and as such doesn’t really have anything other than the occasional controller. Sony, however, brought out PSVR, one of the cheapest and best VR systems currently on the market. It isn’t the highest quality, but it works alongside the PS4 to provide just that extra push for quality.
Microsoft clearly doesn’t want to make consoles anymore. They may not say it outright, but their idea of a good console has been shifting more towards PC technology over the years. They have claimed that they are done with “console generations”, and will continue to upgrade and modify current technology, even saying soon players can modify their consoles themselves legitimately. This shift really shows an interest in the PC market space, where all you have to do is come out with the odd bit of hardware every few months to a year, but they are in too deep. If they stopped making consoles now, all of those sales would just go into sony, instead of transferring to their PC market. So while Sony continues to barrel forward with their console sales, improving and modifying everything to give players a better experience both in hardware and in software, it seems Microsoft is content to stay where it is. At this stage in development, the Xbox One X is inferior in every way save for a few hardware specs to the PS4 Pro, and I can’t see that dynamic shifting anytime soon.