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Xbox One S vs. PlayStation 4 (2016): Which mid-generation console upgrade is worth your money?

More than seven years passed between the release of the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation 4, but now it seems that Sony, and rival Microsoft, have opted for a new business model — one where the release of new hardware doesn’t necessarily antiquate the consoles (and games) that consumers already possess.

Related: The Xbox One S is here, so is it time to ditch your original Xbox One?

Wednesday’s PlayStation Meeting saw the official announcement of two new Sony consoles: the PlayStation 4 Pro and a new version of the PlayStation 4, which fans and media have been calling the “PS4 Slim.” The PlayStation 4 Pro (which you can read more about here) boasts some updated hardware that’ll allow gamers to play certain titles in upscaled 4K resolution, with support for high dynamic resolution (HDR) settings and improved frame rates. The new, slimmer PlayStation 4 — which will replace the current PlayStation 4 in stores — features a svelte new frame to house the same hardware that lived in the original PS4, plus some minor ergonomic design tweaks.

Sony’s announcement could be viewed as a response to Microsoft’s newsworthy press conference at E3, which also saw the announcement of two new consoles: the mysterious Project Scorpio –which you can learn about here — and the Xbox One S, a smaller version of the original Xbox One that features a boosted GPU which allows the system to render Blu-Ray discs and certain streaming media in 4K resolution. The Xbox One and the One S will be sold alongside one another.

Though these new additions to the Xbox and PlayStation console families aren’t exactly groundbreaking, they represent excellent value for anyone looking to purchase their first “next-gen” gaming system. If you’re considering adding one of these bad boys to your entertainment center at home, read on to find out which console we think deserves your hard-earned money.


Xbox One S

Xbox One S

PlayStation 4 Slim



16.9″ x 11.5″ x 4.5″ (WxHxD)

10″ x 11″ x 1.5″ (WxHxD)
Weight Unlisted 4.6 lbs
Processor CPU: 1.75GHz AMD Jaguar eight-core
GPU: 1.4 T-FLOPS, 12 compute units @ 914MHz
CPU: Eight-core X86 AMD Jaguar
GPU: 1.84 T-FLOPS, AMD Radeon Graphics Core Next Engine
Memory 8GB DDR3 RAM + 32MB eSRAM @ 219GB/s 8GB GDDR5 RAM
Hard Drive Built-in, up to 2TB HDD Built-in, up to 1TB HDD
AV Output HDMI 1.4 in/out, 4K, and 1080p support; Optical output; 4K video upscaling; HDR support HDMI 1.4, Analog-AV out
I/O Output USB 3.0 X 2, AUX Super Speed USB (USB 3.0) X 2
Communication Ethernet, IEEE 802.11n wireless with Wi-Fi connect Ethernet (10BASE-T,100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T), Bluetooth 2.1 (EDR), 5GHz IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Controller Updated Xbox One controller (includes Bluetooth connectivity and improved wireless range) 1000amAh DualShock 4 (210g, six-axis motion sensing, 2 Point Touch Pad)
Camera 512 x 424-pixel infrared depth sensor and 1080p camera (Kinect — adapter required) Dual 1280×800 @ 60Hz, 640×400 @ 120Hz, 320×192 @ 240Hz pixel cameras (PlayStation Camera)
Optical Drive DVD/4K-capable Blu-Ray BD 6xCAV, DVD 8xCAV
4K/HDR 4K video streaming and Blu-Ray playback, HDR support for select titles, 4K upscaling for games HDR support for select titles
Price $300-$400, depending on size of hard drive Starting at $300
Availability  Available now  Available now
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