Variety is always good, especially when it comes to game consoles. Having choices make gameplay so much more exciting, both in and out of the real world. But when you have to choose between Microsoft’s Xbox One S and Sony’s PS4 Slim, picking one could put you in a predicament. However, knowing which feature matters more to you might help.

PS4 Slim vs XBox One S

CPU

  • PS4 Slim: 1.6GHz 8-core AMD Jaguar
  • XBox One S: 1.75GHz 8-core AMD Jaguar

Between the two, the Xbox One S takes the lead, especially because the CPU clocks at 1.75 GHz against the PS4 Slim’s 1.6 GHz.

Memory

  • PS4 Slim: 8GB GDDR5
  • XBox One S: 8GB DDR3

GDDR5 delivers faster memory bandwidth than the DDR3, so this puts PS4 Slim at a distinct advantage over Xbox One S.

Max Video Output

  • PS4 Slim: 1080p
  • XBox One S: 4K

Who doesn’t want to play a game in 4K? Everything is just crisp, clean and visually exciting with a 4K video output.

Typical game resolution

  • PS4 Slim: 720p – 1080p
  • XBox One S: 720p – 1080p

Both consoles are pretty matched on this aspect, including the fact that when playing intensive games, display resolution is only at 720p.

HDR support

  • PS4 Slim: Yes
  • XBox One S: Yes

You have to admit HDR can make a huge difference to your gameplay experience. While it’s built in to Xbox One S, it will come to the PS4 Slim through a firmware update.

Storage



  • PS4 Slim: 500GB, 1TB (5400rpm)
  • XBox One S: 500GB, 1TB, 2TB (5400rpm)

C’mon, a 2TB option for storage? That’s just the bomb. Imagine the number of games you can fit in all that space. Never mind the performance issues that may arise, focus on the storage capacity.

Dimensions & Weight

  • PS4 Slim: 11.3 x 10.4 inches & 4.6 pounds
  • XBox One S: 11.6 x 9.0 inches & 6.4 pounds

A negligible difference between the dimensions may not matter, but not with a 2-pound difference in weight. There’s a question of mobility here, which may or may not matter to some people.

Controller

  • PS4 Slim: Bluetooth or direct USB connect, 3.5mm headset jack, Li-ion battery rechargeable w/ Micro-USB
  • XBox One S: Proprietary 2.4GHz wireless or Bluetooth, 3.5mm audio jack. 2x AA batteries or an optional rechargeable pack

The problem with anything proprietary is that it may not be flexible enough to be used with other game consoles. It’s like being told “it’s sold separately”.

Game compatibility

  • PS4 Slim: PS4, select PS3 with PS Now subscription
  • XBox One S: Xbox One, select Xbox 360

It all comes down to game compatibility. How many game titles are there for PS4 and PS3, and how many for Xbox One and Xbox 360. If Xbox games can be used on almost all platforms, including the Xbox One S, then you are guaranteed of more game time.

Then again, if you’re partial to PS4-compatible games, it’s imperative that you choose the appropriate console.

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