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Gaming consoles have always been something interesting to observe in the technology market. The get released with a great potential at the start of their life span, which slowly gets discovered and exploited by the game developing studios which tap more and more into the power of the console. Usually, the time for a new console come after a very long period of time, close to a decade even, after the current version of the device has been turned on all sides and developers have harnessed every drop of power they could.

However, this has been the custom for as long as we got used to the idea that the technology around the gaming console also moves at a slower pace, and that massive improvements in the industry come relatively slow. That seems to no longer be the case, as recent advancements on multiple fronts have led console game manufacturers, Microsoft and Sony, to come up with new versions of their consoles, the Xbox and PlayStation.

Current-gen console gamers thought they were safe for another good couple of years before discussions about a new console model could even spark. However, the market suffer a stunning shift in the past year, with more and more people leaning towards the new kids on the block, namely VR( virtual reality) and 4K resolutions. As 4K resolution moves closer to becoming an industry standard every day, tech companies from all across the globe apply themselves and seek to pump out capable 4K supporting machines. The same thing goes for virtual reality, something that is promising to take the gaming world on quite a ride in the years to come. More and more people are intrigued by VR and demand more VR-related capabilities for their devices. The two console giants complied, and so announced the release of semi-new console models, the Xbox One S and the PlayStation 4 Pro. Let’s take a look and see what these new players have to offer, and what users can expect in the near future.

Xbox One S

The new Microsoft gaming device will feature the 8-core AMD Jaguar custom processing unit that features a single chip, and the graphic capabilities of the 4.20 TFLOPS AMD Radeon designed GPU. The memory is set at 8 GB of GDDR5 RAM, and the hard drive will be able to handle no less than 1 TB of data. Players can expect Blu-Ray and DVD compatibility for the disc drive, and newly added 4K capabilities, including 4K gaming and 4K, streaming only, video support.

PlayStation 4 Pro

On the other side we have the PS4 Pro, which handles processing duties with the help of the 8-core AMD APU 1.75 GHz clocked chip, and the displays graphics using an AMD Radeon GCN chip, clocked at 914 MHz. The Sony console has the same amount of RAM, 8 GB, but the DDR3 version, while local storage options include 1 TB and 500 GB, with a 2 TB limited edition available at launch. The devices handles 4K Blu-Ray discs and DVD’s, and offers support for both 4K gaming and 4K video, streaming and Blu-Ray to be more precise.