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Why You Should Buy The Xbox One S Instead Of The PS4 Pro

By Jupiter Isidro , Sep 12, 2016 04:00 AM EDT
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Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, announces the new Microsoft Xbox One S, during the Microsoft Xbox news conference at the E3 Gaming Conference on June 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The One S is slated to launch in August. (Photo : Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

After the launch of Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro, people can now weigh between the options of getting it, getting an Xbox One S, or just wait for Project Scorpio instead. As of this writing, there are 2 options considering unlaunched products not getting picked.

Aside from the fact that we only have 2 announced brand new console upgrades - not counting the PS4 slim of course, the holidays are coming and people would love to properly spend their hard-earned money to consider buying a console that has better specs than the original PS4 and Xbox One. If you can afford them all, then why not just get them all and compare the pros and cons, but if you're on a tight budget then maybe this article is for you.

Forbes.com reports the reasons why we should get an Xbox One S instead of the currently (note that this is as of this writing, everything can change within days to come) most powerful gaming console, PS4 Pro.

Without further ado, here are the points why you should get the Xbox One S instead:

Ultra-HD Blu-Ray

Both consoles (Xbox One S and PS4 Pro) take advantage of the hyped up 4K resolution and high-dynamic range (HDR) tech. While the PS4 Pro obviously boasts more powerful processing power and GPU, the Xbox One S is the only console, to this writing, available with an Ultra-HD Blu-Ray player built in its humble hardware. This is important since 4K TVs are rising and we don't want to leave behind the 4K Blu-Ray movies which Sony initiated as disc standard in the first place.

Xbox One S is cheaper

Obviously with those with tight pockets, price will be on top of the considerations to decide. The PS4 Pro will cost $399 - this isn't bad considering the tech crammed into it. On the other hand, you can get the Xbox One S for a hundred less at $299 which you can buy for extra games or a 2nd controller.

Bundled with five games

Aside from the fact that you can set aside $100 for extra games or DLC, Xbox One S will entice you with these titles: Halo Master Collection and Halo 5. Did I mention 5? Oh yeah, the master collection would include 4 games in it, namely: Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, followed by sequels - Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4

Mod Support!

Need we say more? Most, gamers just play the game as is, but there are just some who loves mods. Skyrim, for one.

Backwards compatibility

Your game library might determine if you'd get the PS4 Pro or not since it is not backwards-compatible with PS3, same with its ancestor the PS4. However, Sony does offer PlayStation Now which offers rent and streaming of PlayStation classics starting with the PS2. But with all that said, you can't insert a PS3 disc and play.

Not all Xbox 360 games can be played with the current gen either, but at least it has a plethora of games to choose from and is currently growing.

Xbox Live is better than PSN, still

We did an article about this, read all about it here. In summary, there was a comparison between the 2 online services and Xbox Live won all medals except for match making which the PSN had for consolation.

Bonus: Xbox One exclusives can be 'Played Anywhere'

Microsoft has adopted "Play Anywhere". A philosophy for their exclusive content which lets you buy games for the console and get a PC copy of it too - Windows 10 only.

Below is a review from The Verge for Xbox One S.



Well, what do you think? Will you get a PS4 Pro or the Xbox One S for the holidays? Hit us with your comments below.

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