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With the November release of the PS4 Pro and the release of the Xbox One S earlier this year we can expect a big showdown over the Christmas period as the two consoles go on a head to head war trying to gain as much ground as possible in the latest instalment of the “Console Wars”. Whether or not you are a Sony or Microsoft fan, both pieces of hardware have a great deal to offer, check out all the know stats and facts compared below.

Where do these consoles come from?

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Both consoles are strongly based on their predecessors. Let’s start with the CPU; both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox have AMD “Jaguar” 8 core processors, however the clock speed of the Xbox One was slightly higher at 1.75 GHz whilst the PS4 clocked in at 1.6 GHz. If we move onto graphics; the GPU for the PS4 runs on 8GB DDR5 with 256 Mb of memory for background tasks. The Xbox One also boasts 8GB of DDR5 graphics memory, but the games are limited to using only 5GB.

The PS4 is built in such a way that all its components, (memory, CPU and GPU) can “borrow juice” of each other meaning that its theoretical peak performance is of 1.84 Teraflops whilst the Xbox One maxes out at just 1.3 Teraflops. Both consoles offered 1TB of storage on their upgraded models and both could play Blu-rays at HD quality. Both the consoles where released in Europe in November 2013 so, they are the same age, but the PS4’s introductory Price was of £349 whilst the Xbox One’s was £429.

What are the stats now?

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The PS4 Pro and the Xbox One S are the new generation of the above two consoles, and whilst they are pretty similar in price, there is a pretty big difference in tech. The Xbox One S is little more than an upgraded version of the Xbox One with a few extra features thrown in, however when the PS4 Pro has seen vast improvements in hardware on the other hand.

The Xbox One S adds support for HDR Gaming, and upscales gaming graphics to 4K. To sweeten the deal it also offers ultra 4K HD Blu-ray playback. Although rather controversially the PS4 doesn’t offer an ultra 4k Blu-ray player, it does have considerably improved tech inside it. Sony said the GPU is more than twice as powerful as the original PS4. In terms of maximum performance the Xbox One S is rated at around 1.4 Teraflops whilst the PS4 Pro is estimated to be rated at 4.14 Teraflops, more than twice that of its predecessor. (Although this isn’t confirmed, if this is true it means the PS4 Pro is an incredibly powerful console). This means the PS4 will be able to play games at 4k resolution, rather than simply upscaling to it.

This will also mean that developers can add better quality textures and other graphical effects, meaning that the graphics will just be better, there are no two ways about it. Both consoles however support HDR Gaming, which means richer colours, better contrasts and more striking lighting as long as your TV supports it.

This time around, it is Sony’s console that is slightly more expensive, with the base 1TB model coming in at £349. The £1 TB Xbox One S will only cost £299 and there will be a lager 2TB model too. The cheapest Xbox One S which is the 500GB model has an entry price of £249, making it a whole £100 cheaper than its competitor.

So who wins? The Xbox One S wins for value hands down, you get everything you expect from a latest gen console for as little as £249 including 4K graphics and Ultra 4k Blu-ray making it a perfect media centre too. Sony has also announce the PlayStation 4 Slim which is a lot more comparable to the One S. If you want the best quality graphics when it comes to your gaming, then the PlayStation 4 Pro won’t have a competitor until Xbox releases project Scorpio, its next generation console.

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