PS4 or Xbox One: Which is the best games console in 2018?

PS4 vs Xbox One: Streaming apps

Consoles aren’t just about gaming. Alongside social features, and the ability to manage saved games and downloadable content, both the Xbox One and PS4 are also compatible with a wide range of apps – from BBC iPlayer to Spotify. That means that if you don’t have a smart TV, your games console could be a gateway to a huge amount of content.

Both consoles are fairly even when it comes to apps. Although there are certain applications exclusive to either console – such as Spotify on the PS4 and NFL on the Xbox One – both have all the main services such as Netflix and BBC iPlayer. In addition to streaming services, the Xbox One also lets you run content from a set-top box or tuner through your console. The result? You’re able to use your Xbox One as a PVR, complete with a EPG.

If you’re into streaming, you’ll also be able to use Twitch and YouTube to broadcast your gameplay, too.

Both consoles are evenly matched when it comes to apps. There are a few apps exclusive to either console, but they aren’t significant enough to make a difference.

PS4 vs Xbox One: Graphics and performance

As most games are available on both consoles, it’s easy to compare their relative graphical performance. The PS4 is capable of producing 1080p or 920p-resolution images, often 60fps, making games look rich and smooth. While the Xbox One certainly looks like it can match the PS4 on the surface, it appears to lack the polished-look many PS4 titles manage. It tends to run most games at sub-1080p, instead upscaling a lower resolution image, meaning that more often than not lighting effects are less subtle, models are more jagged, and the end result is a game that looks slightly less refined.

Both consoles also have HDR capability, so they’ll be able to show a wider, brighter range of colours – if you have a compatible TV, of course.

PS4 vs Xbox One: Price

The PS4 used to be much cheaper than the Xbox One, but in 2018 the consoles are more evenly matched. You can pick up an Xbox One S 1TB with Fifa 19 and Overwatch for just £245, and a 1TB PS4 Slim with two games will also set you back around £280.

You can see our latest picks of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 deals to find out what the current asking price for a next-gen console is. However, when you’re spending this much, the price difference is so marginal that it’s really down to which console ticks more of your boxes. The Xbox One X, on the other hand, is significantly more expensive than the PS4 Pro.

PS4 vs Xbox One: Verdict

PS4 vs Xbox One - PlayStation 4 Verdict

So which one should you buy, the Xbox One S or the PS4? Both consoles are still pretty even, but the arrival of the Xbox One S has arguably made the decision even more complex – and that’s because it has a built-in Ultra HD Blu-ray player. Although neither console can play games at 4K – that’s PS4 Pro and Xbox One X territory – the inclusion of an Ultra HD Blu ray player makes the Xbox One S a steal at its current price, and probably worth picking up if you’ve got a 4K TV. In contrast, both the PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim are missing a 4K Blu-ray drive, which is something to think about.

Blu-ray aside, Sony’s console still takes the crown. Having owned both consoles from launch, the game library of Sony’s PlayStation 4 is just that bit better than the Microsoft machine’s. While we’d say buy PS4 Pro and an Xbox One S if you want the best of both worlds, if you can only have one, make it the PlayStation 4, or the more powerful PS4 Pro.

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