Whenever the topic of the Console Wars pops back up into the world, there are very few people who can keep an objective view on the entire situation. The neverending conflict of what is the best console to pick continued to inspire manufacturers to outdo themselves and the competition. The Xbox One S is Microsoft’s most recent such development. Sony will soon follow with the PlayStation 4 Pro.
It is worthy of note that Nintendo has not entirely stepped out of the battlegrounds but that they are taking some extra time in thinking about their future strategies.
Both the Xbox One S and the PlayStation 4 Pro continue the trend that their predecessors have set. Microsoft continues to create a console that fits with the average user and that manages to reach an amazing balance between quality and cost effectiveness. Meanwhile, Sony continues to entirely disregard cost effectiveness and instead focuses on quality and performance.
It is true that in the Console Wars Sony has always went out of their way to appear as the richer choice, or to make Microsoft’s consoles appear to be fitting of the poor man’s. While both the Xbox and the PlayStation have always featured a certain high degree of quality, the latter always forced performance wherever possible and acceptable.
Games which released on both consoles, have almost always looked better, sometimes even sounded better, and performed overall better on the PlayStation.Fans have even went out of their way to argue which controller is better, with the PlayStation’s being an above average winner.
Is the Xbox One S Just Another Poor Man’s Choice?
One can argue that there is a fine line between being cheap and being smart. The average console user is not made out of money. Not all console users can just buy both, and not all console users even focus on having a PC which can easily outperform the PlayStation while being as cost effective as an Xbox.
Microsoft has gone out of their way to prove that they are not selling a cheap product. They are selling an item which, when compared to the competition, is more than just cost effective.
First of all, the Xbox One S is already here. People can try it out and be convinced if they are buying a product which features the quality they want. Secondly, the PlayStation 4 Pro will be 25% more expensive.
For some people, the heavier price tag is worth it. People know they are buying the best visual quality and the best performance. However, the technical specs of the Xbox One S are not that different from the PlayStation 4 Pro. One of the bigger notable differences is actually the fact that the Xbox has an Ultra-HD Blu-Ray Player, meaning that users who go Microsoft can enjoy movies and media on their Ultra-HD TV from the get-go.
Apart from that, most Xbox games are backwards compatible, meaning that older Xbox games will still work on newer consoles but just not look as great as their remastered versions. Finally, Microsoft is giving Xbox users copies of their newly acquired games for Xbox on the PC, meaning that they can play it with their friends in front of the TV or solo on the PC.
Nevertheless, life and choices should never just be about the money. Being the only Xbox owner in a circle of friends who favor the PlayStation will not lead to the happiest of times while gaming online. Additionally, there is also the issue of exclusivity. Both Sony and Microsoft have some amazing exclusive titles.
The Xbox One S has a price tag of around $300, depending on retailer. Many versions of the console come with game bundles. The Halo bundle is quite the popular choice since it features almost every version of the first person shooter. The PlayStation 4 will be launched on November 10th and will be priced at $400.