Sony and Microsoft are raising the competition bar higher with their latest slimmed-down “S” tiers versions of the PS4 and the Xbox. Both consoles are reputedly high-end and may somehow appear analogous at first glance, but they are definitely not made of the same stuff. So if you’re clueless as to which to pick between the two, let’s take a look at what’s inside the box.
Specs: PS4 Pro vs Xbox Scorpio
Let’s start with the specifications. We know that both machines are pitched as high-end, but when an expert reviewer take a look at the specs, one was noted to be more high-end than the other.
The Sony’s PS4 Pro comes with an 8-core, x86-64 AMD “Jaguar” central and processing unit 4 TFLOP graphics processing unit, significantly higher than PS4’s standard 1.8 traflops. Microsoft’s Xox Scorpio on the other hand, if the rumors are true, Scorpio will come with staggering 6 TFLOPS. Now, it should be noted that the higher the teraflops, the more the device’s computational power will be. So you could say that Xbox Scorpio wins this round.
Anyway, Microsoft has not released any official details about the device’s hardware. As for the PS4 Pro, Sony is said to give it an improved GDDR5 1218GB/sec memory, but the details could still change.
4K Functionality: PS4 Pro vs Xbox Scorpio
Both devices will feature 4K functionality; the only difference however is that Sony decided not to support 4K UHD Blu-ray discs, much to the surprise of Microsoft.
“I don’t want to bait any sort of console war, I have a lot of respect for what Sony does, but analytically, I think they made some interesting decisions in their product that surprised me,” said Albert Penello of Xbox planning division in an interview with The Guardian. “The lack of a 4K disc player, given Sony’s media background, was a surprise. Looking at what they’ve done historically, I don’t think many people would have predicted that.”
Release Date: PS4 Pro vs Xbox Scorpio
Sony definitely has a great advantage in terms of this one because while PS4 Pro is clearly set to launch on the 10th of November this year, Microsoft’s Xbox Pro’s release date is yet unknown. The hardware is still very much in development, and reports have it won’t probably be made available until the holiday of 2017. There is also a possibility that it could be pushed back to 2018, giving Sony greater advantage.
Price: PS4 Pro vs Xbox Scorpio
Sony will retain the original price of its PS4, so the PS4 Pro could start at $399, and it too would be available in various bundles. Microsoft’s Xbox Scorpio on the other hand, will likely cost more at around $580, but it could reach over $640. Such a big price difference, but by the time the Scorpio is released, PS4 Pro will have undergone a price reduction. Microsoft should better hurry up before Sony draw the buyers away.
It is hard to choose between two good consoles, but if you want a high-end gaming machine this year, then PS4 Pro is your only option. However, if you want to level up your gaming and movie experience for the next few years, then Xbox Scorpio may be worth saving for.
Learn more about PS4 Pro and Scorpio’s rivalry here.