Xbox One S vs PS4 Slim

It is going to be holiday season soon all over the globe and that means that people will be sizing up the items they want to buy at discounted prices when Black Friday hits. For gaming enthusiasts, it is a particularly exciting time as both Sony and Microsoft have unveiled new iterations of their consoles recently. The Xbox One S is pitted up against the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro in this saga of the console wars.

Microsoft has another console in the pipelines, codenamed Project Scorpio. That particular device is said to have 6 teraflops of power and will be able to play 4K native games. 4K means that the display resolution is four times as many pixels that found in standard high-definition.  In that regard, it will be a response to PS4 Pro which will also boast 4.14 teraflops of power and also be able to play 4K native games. Given that Scorpio and PS4 Pro will have hardware upgrades to the original consoles released 3 years ago, it would only be fair to compare them against each other when the time comes.

For now, let us focus on the consoles that are trimmed down versions of the original consoles. Technically, they are picking on someone their own size. Whether you own the original Xbox One or PS4 and are considering if getting one of the newer version is viable – or you did not own either and are wondering if it is worth joining the next-generation gaming bandwagon now – it will be important to know what is and what is not being offered by these two slim consoles.

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Xbox One S

The Xbox One S is 40 percent smaller than the Xbox One. Another notable change it brings is that now it has an integrated power brick instead of a large power brick that was quite visible even with the even larger console. It still retains all the ports it has apart from the Kinect port; the sensor will now have to use via a USB adapter now. The console can communicate with TVs and set-top boxes through an IR receiver.  The Xbox One Wireless Controller has been upgraded as well. It has texturized grips for better control and can communicate with PCs directly.


The console supports High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology. This is a new tech that allows displays to show a wider range of contrasting colors, this means that the colors will be as vivid as in real life. However, this will only work if your TV is capable of supporting it as well.

It also supports 4K video streaming. However, it does not have 4K gaming but rather it up-scales lower resolutions to suit the dimensions of a 4K television. However, it one-ups its competitor, the PS4 Slim, in the regard that it is capable of handling 4K Blu-ray discs.

Backward compatibility is retained in the Xbox One S, meaning you can play your games from the previous Xbox consoles without any trouble. Something the PS4s are not able to do.

PS4 Slim

As the name suggests, the PS4 Slim is a smaller and compact version of the original PS4. It also retains all of its ports but does away with the Optical Audio port. The DualShock 4 Controller also gets an upgrade as it is now capable of interacting with the PS4s and PCs through a USB cable. Furthermore, now there is a light-bar on top of the touchpad.

HDR support is another feature of the console. However, the PS4 cannot run 4K Blu-ray discs and this is where it lacks. It does support the PlayStation VR like the original PS4.  

Verdict

In terms of visuals and 4K entertainment (not gaming), the Xbox One S is ahead of PS4 Slim. Given that both are priced the same at $299, you might be tempted to go for either of them as both will play games in your original console libraries so it is not a matter of missing out on some games. The thin versions of both the consoles have minor tweaks to their designs to make them look sleeker. With PS4 Pro due for a release soon, the Scorpio next year and with shopping events such as Black Friday around the corner, now may be the best time to invest in a gaming console. The question is, which one will you get?     

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