Xbox One vs PS4: Which is the best console?
Thursday 01 June 2017

Xbox One vs PS4: Which is the best console?

Microsoft and Sony's flagship consoles and see how the price, specs, features, games, accessories and more compare to see which console is worth your money.

2017 is set to be a huge year for console gamers, with hardware taking a huge leap forward, particularly in the Xbox family. Last year we saw the launch of the PS4 Pro and Xbox One S, two new hardware iterations that improved upon the 2013 originals with a range of cool new features.

The PS4 Pro is a solid upgrade over the PS4, capable of upscaling specific games to 4K using a sophisticated checkerboarding technique. It can also enhance performance using the newly implemented Boost Mode with increased frame rates across multiple titles.

Xbox One S, on the other hand, is a smaller, more refined machine complete with a 4K Blu-ray player and HDR support. These are impressive machines, yet both may pale in comparison to Xbox Project Scorpio when it launches later this year.


When comparing all four consoles there are plenty of differences to take into account. To make things easier, we’ve compiled them into a single table:


These days, it’s easy to find both consoles at a bargain price bundled with a couple of games and a sizeable hard drive.

PS4 Slim, which is now the standard model going forward, retails for £249 with a 500GB hard drive as standard. As is the case with Xbox One, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding bundles that throw in a couple of games. Larger memory variants can also be found, or you could upgrade the PS4 hard drive yourself.

PS4 Pro is a little more pricey, currently sitting at £349 with a 1TB hard drive. The console itself is twice as powerful, so a £100 premium isn’t bad at all. Unfortunately, stock at most retailers has been intermittent at best since launch, so you might need to shop around.

Xbox One S is naturally more expensive than the original model, with the limited edition 2TB version (now entirely sold out, according to Microsoft) costing £349.99. The 500GB and 1TB models are noticeably cheaper, costing £249.99 and £299.99 respectively.