For a while, the rumored upgraded versions of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were shrouded in mystery, but now we have solid details to work with for both. Microsoft announced the Xbox Scorpio at E3, and Sony unveiled the PlayStation 4 Pro (codenamed the Neo and referred to as such in previous rumors) on September 7.
So, which should you buy: the PS4 Pro or the Xbox Scorpio?
You might make your decision based on what you already have and intend to play. For example, if you’re an Xbox One owner who has little interest in PS4 games but wants the improvements provided by the Scorpio, you’re obviously going to opt for the Scorpio over the PS4 Pro. Similarly, a PS4 owner who wants an Xbox One might hold out for the more powerful Scorpio model.
Let’s also take a look at the technical comparisons.
PS4 Pro: eight x86-64 AMD Jaguar cores
Xbox Scorpio: eight cores, but the other details are unknown
PS4 Pro: 4.20 teraflops
Xbox Scorpio: 6.0 teraflops
PS4 Pro: 8GB of GDDR5
Xbox Scorpio: Unknown
PS4 Pro: Unknown
Xbox Scorpio: 320 GB/s
PS4 Pro: 1 TB
Xbox Scorpio: Unknown
Both support 4K, although the specific details for the Scorpio are unknown. The PS4 Pro supports 4K resolutions and HDR.
The PS4 Pro will not play UHD Blu-ray discs. Since the Xbox One S does, it is likely (though not confirmed) that the Scorpio will as well.
As you can see, we still need to learn a lot of information about the PS4 Pro and especially the Xbox Scorpio to truly compare their technical specifications. However, the GPU difference may make some players lean toward the Scorpio.
Finally, the release date and price are other important considerations. The PS4 Pro will be available first, on November 10, 2016, for $399. The Xbox Scorpio will be available in the holiday 2017 window, for an unrevealed price.
Which console are you planning to get: the PlayStation 4 Pro, the Xbox Scorpio, both, or neither? Share your thoughts on these consoles in the comments.
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