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Battle Of The Console Giants: Which One Should You Buy?

Submitted by solomon on Tue, 06/26/2018 - 11:56
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These console giants have been taking over the homes of billions across the world. But new buyers could be confused and overwhelmed by the specifications of these models, leaving them unsure of which console to buy.

Graphics

Both Xbox One S and Ps4 Pro can support 4K gaming, however, the Ps4 pro cannot actually run at 2160p, which is standard for a 4k system. You are most likely experiencing 1800 to 1900p game quality. The actual gameplay on the Xbox One S is also not actually 4k, but the 4k Blu-ray movies are extremely impressive. On the other hand, the Nintendo Switch cannot run 4k at all. While docked, the Switch can reach graphics of 1080p, and handheld mode displays 780p. Although this sounds unimpressive compared to the PS4 Pro and Xbox One S, the games on the Switch, such as Zelda: Breath of the Wild, are truly stunning. It is also worth noting that only the PS4 Pro can run a ‘4K’ display, so if you are trying to save some money and looking to buy the Ps4 slim, you could be missing out on some of the beautiful, crisp display. 

Cost

The cost of these consoles can vary, as the cost of a PS4 slim can be £250, but could be £260 on Amazon or elsewhere, but for all the improvements, the PS4 Pro’s retail value is approximately £350. The Xbox One S is currently around the £190-200 price tag. The Switch’s official retail value is at a staggering £280, which is just the console! The games are also extremely expensive with iconic games including Splatoon 2 and Zelda: Breath of the Wild at around £50-60, which is just for the game. However, games on the Xbox and PlayStation are much cheaper, with an average cost of around £15-45, depending on how old the game is. For example, a popular game called Dragonball Xenoverse 2 has an official retail value on the PlayStation and Xbox of around £20, while the official retail value on Switch is £55, which is not to say you can’t purchase it for a much smaller price tag.

Portability

Nintendo Switch excels in this battle, the Switch is obviously the best for portability. The switch’s main USP (unique selling point) is its ability to be played anywhere. It can run smoothly at home, rivalling the PS4 and Xbox but can be played anywhere with the handheld mode. However, you can’t completely ignore the other consoles as well. The PlayStation and Xbox have some portability factors as well. Xbox's Play Anywhere service was introduced recently, which means you can play your digital copy of your game on your Windows 10 PC, as well as on the console itself. Remote Play was implemented for the PS4 so that PS4 games could be played on PSVita, PC, Mac and any Sony Xperia phone, all you need is the app! Although Xbox and PlayStation have taken measures to ensure that their games could be played outside of the console, the Switch is still the best for the portability element. 

By Elijah