Based on sales up to November 2018, the PS4 is the leading console with nearly 89 million units sold — that’s more than double the overall sales of the Xbox One. But even with this disparity, does it mean that the PS4 is the better gaming console? Let’s take a closer look.


Gaming Power

As a starting point, it’s worth noting that both the PS4 and the Xbox One are drastic improvements over their respective predecessors in terms of design. But there is a clear overall winner when comparing the current generation consoles.

Let’s talk about the base power. The regular PS4 has a 1.6GHz CPU while the PS4 Pro has one with a maximum clock speed of 2.13GHz. On the other hand, the default version of both the basic Xbox One and the Xbox One S use a 1.75GHz CPU — making them better than the primary PS4 model.

But what about the PS4 Pro? It was considered the most powerful gaming console for a while, but only until Microsoft released the  Xbox One X that had an impressive 2.3GHz 8-core CPU. With it, even 1080p titles could be upscaled to an impressive 4K resolution.

Storage Upgrade and Connections

A great thing about the PS4 is that even if you get the base model with so-so internal storage capacity, you can upgrade this in the future. In contrast, you can’t just modify the internal hard drive of the Xbox One. Then again, these two will work with external hard drives.

As for the ports, there’s no significant difference. Both consoles have ports HDMI, USB, and Ethernet ports. You won’t find an optical audio port on the PS4 Slim, but the PS4 Pro, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X all have one. And if you’re a Kinect enthusiast, you have to find an adapter if you’re not using the base Xbox One model.

Both consoles have support for wifi and Gigabit Ethernet, so you won’t have to worry about network connections. However, there is cause for concern with logging in to your gaming accounts online. These gadgets aren’t safe from hackers, so it would be best to learn how to setup VPN on Xbox One or PS4.  

There you have it! These are just a few of the aspects that explain why the PS4 isn’t the clear winner when it comes to being the best console. The Xbox One is also impressive, but it has to do more if it wants to compete with the huge PS4 fanbase.