PS4 Pro vs Xbox One X vs Nintendo Switch: which is the best console?

PS4 Pro vs Xbox One X vs Nintendo Switch: which is the best console?

The latest generation of video game consoles have promised to increase power, graphics, and gameplay that will look great for years to come. The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are only a few months after release, but are already showing signs of what’s to come from games in the future. In contrast, the Nintendo Switch is in the middle of its cycle and continues to sell. With three different but promising consoles on the market, how do you choose the right one for you? Read on as we help you do it.

Raw playing power

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The PS5 and Xbox Series X deliver excellent power levels that are good enough to last for a console generation. With 8-core processors, 16GB of RAM, and powerful GPUs at their disposal, each console is capable of incredible graphics, frame rates and 4K output.

Winner: Xbox Series X

While both the Xbox and the PS5 are powerful on paper, the Xbox Series X is a more powerful machine overall. With 4K gaming, up to 120 fps and 8K HDR available, the Xbox is ready to show off its power. That’s before you even get to 12 teraflops of power and a lot of technical jargon. Needless to say, the Xbox is extremely powerful, and with 3D spatial sound, you’ll feel completely immersed while playing.

Finalist: PlayStation 5

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Like the Xbox, Sony’s PlayStation 5 also features 4K gaming, 120 fps, and 8K support. This is in addition to its own immersive audio experience. While Sony’s console appears to be slightly less powerful on paper, that doesn’t really tell the whole story. Software optimizations and changes made by the developers will allow PS5 games to take full advantage of everything the hardware is capable of. Games will load much faster than the PS4 and PS4 Pro, and with ray tracing, you’ll see realistic shadows and reflections in any game that supports the tech. Ultimately, it really comes down to what’s on paper, and in that regard the Xbox manages to outperform the PS5, but barely.

Third place: Nintendo Switch

Nintendo never focused on building the most powerful hardware. Instead, Nintendo built something that was powerful enough to handle a whole new library full of new and old titles that makes it fun for users of all ages. Perhaps the biggest note of the Switch’s power is that it runs at 720p in portable mode and 1080p in docksx. There is no 4K option on the current generation Nintendo Switch.

Exclusive games

Consoles can really thrive or fail depending on the volume and reception of their exclusive game line. The PS5 and Xbox Series X have a long list of games on the horizon that will be exclusive to their platforms. Nintendo, on the other hand, has had years to present a catalog of exclusives that add some incredible titles.

Winner: Nintendo Switch

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Without a doubt, the Nintendo Switch currently offers the best range of exclusive games. It starts with just about everything Mario (Odyssey, Mario Kart, Deluxe, Raving Rabbids, etc.), and it adds up to games like Breath of the Wild or Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Each of these games is not only popular in terms of sales. Almost all of them are universally acclaimed hits, backed by outstanding reviews. Add in Pokemon, Splatoon 2, Super Smash Bros., Luigi’s Mansion, Cuphead games and the list goes on.

Second place: PlayStation 5

While the PS5 is only a few months old, it is already hitting the circuits for its exclusive lineup. Spider-Man: Miles Morales is already winning hearts and minds, as is the cheeky Bugsnax, both available for now. The real promise of the exclusive PS5 lineup won’t really begin until 2021. Next year will see releases like God of War: Ragnarok, Gran Turismo 7, Horizon Forbidden West, Project Athia, and more. Between the console’s graphical improvements over its last generation, the updated controller, and improved audio, each of these games is almost guaranteed to be must-read titles. However, they haven’t been released today, and while most of the launch dates are set for next year, they’re still tentative.

Third place: Xbox Series X

If there has been one downside to owning Xbox over the years, it’s exclusive titles. This already seems to be the case for this next generation of consoles. Halo has long been the backbone of Microsoft’s exclusive lineup, and it still is with Halo Infinite. Forza is arguably the best racing game on any console, so Forza Motorsport will be a much anticipated release. Ultimately, it’s not that the Xbox Series X won’t have exclusive titles, but the PS 5 will have more (potentially a lot more) exclusive titles.

Pricing

Winner: Nintendo Switch

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No big surprise here, as the Nintendo Switch comes with the lowest price among the three consoles at $ 299.99. The Switch Lite is even cheaper at $ 199.99 and has all the power of its bigger cousin, minus the capacity of the dock.

Finalist: Xbox Series X

The Xbox Series X costs $ 499.99, which is roughly what was expected as launch neared. The cheaper Xbox Series S console lacks a disk drive and some of the power, but costs $ 299.99 more manageable.

Third place: PlayStation 5

The PlayStation 5 also costs $ 499.99. A discless version with the exact same internal hardware is available for $ 399.99. If you’re ok with a digital-only game library, the digital edition and the savings of $ 100 are worth considering, especially if you take into account that you don’t lose any of the hardware capabilities.

online services

Winner: Xbox Series X

For now, Microsoft is winning the online services war. Game Pass stands out from the competition with a comprehensive catalog that offers more than 100 console (and PC) games. With two levels of Game Pass available for consoles ($ 9.99) and consoles + PC / Android devices ($ 14.99), there really is something for everyone. New games are added regularly and all members get exclusive discounts on digital sales through the Xbox Digital Store. There are tons of sports, racing, fighting, and kids’ titles out there, including notable Halo titles, Forza Horizon, Battlefront II, and more.

Second place: PlayStation 5

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Sony’s PlayStation Plus is available for $ 59.99 per year. Subscribers get access to online play, monthly games, exclusive discounts on digital titles and more. Each month, Sony distributes between two and three digital titles, which can be downloaded to your console and playable as long as you remain a subscriber. The games are often old bestsellers, as well as fun multiplayer games that can deliver hours of play for you and your friends next door or across the country.

Third place: Nintendo Switch

Nintendo’s online platform is not as robust as any of Sony’s or Microsoft’s offerings. Nintendo Switch Online allows online play, cloud data saving and special offers. Unless you need to play online, there’s really no other reason to get Nintendo’s $ 19.99 per year online service. Fans of retro games will love the library of titles Nintendo has released on both NES and SNES, all of which are immediately playable on the Switch. There are only around 70 titles between the two platforms, and Nintendo does not update the service with any regularity. That said, if you fancy playing the original versions of Super Mario, Zelda, or Super Mario World, or even Donkey Kong, you can find them here.

Which console is right for you?

You should choose the Nintendo Switch if you enjoy a huge library of some of the most unique and exclusive games available today.

The Xbox Series X is definitely for the person who wants to play as much as they want entertainment. Xbox is a powerful gaming platform with an incredible array of media-centric features, making it the perfect all-in-one home entertainment experience. Also choose Xbox if you really like the idea of ​​reading your catalog of previous generation Xbox titles.

If you appreciate the best combination of power, entertainment and exclusivity, the Sony Playstation 5 is your best choice. With so many great titles, including God of War and Horizon Forbidden West coming in the next 12 months, there is so much to do and play on the PS5.

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David Beren
David Beren

David Beren is a freelance technical writer with over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He loves dogs, his kids and everything Nintendo.

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