The Console Wars are real! And Xbox comes out as the champion. (Photo by TheXomil on Pixabay)
The Console Wars are real! And Xbox comes out as the champion.

Photo by TheXomil on Pixabay

Xbox is Better than PlayStation

May 3, 2019

Xbox is better than PlayStation.

It’s a topic that gets even the calmest gamers into heated fights. The Console Wars (between Xbox and PlayStation) go all the way back to the early-2000’s. The main tension began when Sony initially released the PS3 for $599. This console had incredibly complicated processing, and Sony was arrogant about the price. When PS fans complained about the huge price, Sony simply told them to work a second job. Microsoft took advantage of the situation. They came out with the Xbox 360, just 4 years after the original Xbox, and the cost was a whole $200 cheaper. This was a huge hit and took much of Sony’s business away, and The Console Wars as we know it, had begun.

The history of The Console Wars has been debatable, but I’m here to talk about why Xbox is superior to PlayStation.

First, I’ll admit, there are some strengths that PlayStation hold over the Xbox. There are more exclusive games on PlayStation, and I do give Sony credit for that. They also have the PlayStation VR, allowing players to use virtual reality. The final thing that I’ll give credit to Sony for, is the ability to play games in 4K on PlayStation. No matter the pros, Xbox outranks the PlayStation, and here is why:

 

Backwards Compatibility

My first argument of Xbox’s superiority is backwards compatibility. Xbox.com tells us there are over 550 Xbox 360 games which you can download and play on Xbox One – and more are coming out monthly. PlayStation makes your old PS3 games obsolete. The only way you can play some PS3 games on the PS4 is by paying $20 per month for PlayStation Now. With this you can stream – not even download – old PS3 games. And to top that, if you cancel your PlayStation Now membership, you cannot even keep the games you previously streamed. If you cancel Xbox Gold, Microsoft’s equivalent of PS Now, you can still keep all of your 360 games.

 

Power

Next is the Xbox One X’s power. It is more powerful than the PS4 Pro; simple as that. According to Ranker.com, the Xbox has 6 teraflops of computing power, compared to PlayStation’s 4.2 teraflops. The original Xbox One had only 1.31 teraflops compared to the PS4’s 1.84, showing massive improvement from Microsoft. Also, the Xbox One X has 12 gigabytes of GDDR5 RAM, compared with the original PS4 and new PS4 Pro’s 8GB. With this, the Xbox One X is the most powerful console.

 

Graphics

While PS4 Pro plays games in 4K, the Xbox One S plays them in HDR. BusinessInsider.com claims this is arguably better graphically as it creates a more realistic picture. This is done by dramatically expanding how bright and dark your TV can get, and how much color it can present. Many people prefer this to 4K. Adding onto this, Xbox One plays 4K Blu-Rays, while PlayStation does not, and they don’t play Blu-Rays in HDR either.

 

Games

PlayStation’s list of exclusive games is very impressive, but Xbox has better shooter and racing exclusives. The legendary Halo and Gears of War series are exclusive to Xbox. In addition, Xbox supports several third-party hits like Battlefield, Call of Duty and Destiny.

As far as racing, well, Xbox has held the crown for that since 2011 when Forza 4 came out. This game was groundbreaking in the racing genre and took PlayStation’s crown from Gran Turismo for best racing game. The Xbox exclusive added on to this with Forza Motorsport and Forza Horizon, which are arguably better than Forza 4.

 

EA Access

On top of all this, Xbox One exclusively has EA access. Tom’sGuide.com describes the features: EA Access allows members ($30/year or $5/month) to play most older EA games for free, play many upcoming EA games a week in advance, and have 10% discounts on digital EA game purchases. EA even offered this service to Sony for PlayStation, but Sony declined because they thought it wasn’t “good value” to their players.

 

Xbox Live

To wrap things up, Xbox Live is better than Playstation Network (PSN). An independent study by Forbes states that Xbox Live is faster and more reliable than PSN. You also can’t forget about PSN’s 2011 outage which lasted a total of 23 days. This outage not only made it impossible to play online, but it also compromised the personal data of more than 77 million PSN subscribers.

 

Additional Reasons

If you need more reasons that Xbox is superior, just look into Xbox Game Preview, Xbox Play Anywhere, and Xbox Game Pass. Xbox also makes storage upgrades easy. You can plug a USB 3.0 compatible hard drive into the Xbox, while upgrading storage on the PlayStation requires opening the whole console up and replacing the hard drive.

 

All in all, Microsoft’s Xbox is better than Sony’s PlayStation. Though PlayStation has good consoles, I firmly believe that Xbox’s these days are better. You don’t have to believe me, but all the proof you need is above and an afternoon playing on both consoles.

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