While the Nintendo Switch has been carving out a nice niche for itself, everyone knows that serious console gaming still comes down to PlayStation vs. Xbox. The PlayStation 4 has enjoyed overwhelming success over the Xbox One since both consoles launched back in 2013, with the PS4 outselling its competitor by a ratio of about 2:1. A few years ago, if you’d asked me which console to pick up, I would have immediately suggested the PS4 and left it at that, as Sony’s console was clearly better at that point in time.
However, Microsoft has slowly but surely turned the Xbox One into a significantly better product in recent years thanks to a number of back end changes, two significant hardware upgrades, and an overall refocus on games ever since Phil Spencer took over as the Head of Xbox. In other words, the question of whether you should purchase a PS4 or Xbox One has become much more complicated than it used to be and now there are compelling reasons for owning both systems. We’ve already taken a look at why you might want to choose the Xbox One, but today we’re going to take the other position and advocate for why you should pick the PS4 instead.
10. Better Overall Performance From Third-Party Games
This is basically a moot point if we’re talking about the Xbox One X but since not everyone who’s looking to purchase a console is looking to buy the most expensive one on the market, let’s just keep this to a discussion between the standard PS4 and Xbox One models, shall we? (and yes, that includes the Xbox One S). The fact of the matter is that PS4 games generally output at higher resolutions than their Xbox One counterparts, a minor advantage that paid off in the PS4’s early years (believe it or not, many consumers actually gravitated to the PS4 for the resolution advantage).
For instance, with a game like Metal Gear Solid 5, there’s more visual clarity to the PS4 version, with distant textures appear softer on the Xbox One version. It’s quite common, especially with earlier titles, to find the PS4 version of a game running outputting a 1080p resolution at 30 or 60 frames per second, while the Xbox One achieves 720p or 900p at 30 or 60 fps. Again, the existence of the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X puts this comparison in Microsoft’s favor on the high end of the hardware spectrum, but when it comes to base models, the PS4 still reigns supreme in the graphical department.