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Now Loading: Would You Rather Buy a Xbox One X or PS4 Pro?

This is an exciting week for gaming, as Microsoft launches a new console (well, an iterative step at the very least). The Xbox One X is poised to be the strongest console on the market, but will that really matter given the PlayStation 4’s lead? There are a lot of reasons to be both excited and weary about the Xbox One X’s launch.

That’s why the question we posed in this week’s Now Loading was “If you were buying a new system, would you buy a PS4 Pro or Xbox One X?”

Check out the gallery below to find out what the staff thought of this week’s question:

As someone who owns neither a PS4 Pro or an Xbox One X but owns both the original systems, I’d still be more included to go with a Pro. I haven’t made the leap to 4K yet (and probably won’t for some time), so I think the biggest thing that the Pro could do for me is give me some upgraded PSVR and regular gaming performances. That, and the fact that my Xbox One hasn’t really gotten much play in a long time.

I have been throwing the idea around about getting a second PS4 for the house, so I would get the Pro. Plus, there's not enough Xbox exclusives I really want to have, and I don't want to pay for another online service.
There's a reason I'm part of the PlayStation ecosystem. I can't betray my trophies and exclusives, so this is a bit of an unfair question. The Xbox One X is arguably more powerful on paper than the PS4 Pro, but each is still an Xbox One and PS4 respectively, so power really isn't the question. The question is whether you prefer the Xbox or PlayStation ecosystems, and my clear choice is the PlayStation.

Whew, that is kind of a tough call! On one hand, the Xbox One X is the more powerful of the two consoles. On the other, though, my PS4 collection is a fair bit larger and more diverse, so I'd probably get more "use" out of the graphical upgrade there. I'll probably have to go with the Pro.

Still no 4K TV, so neither at the moment.

If my PS4 needed replaced, I'd grab a PS4 Pro. If I'm just looking for another console to add to the house, the Xbox One X's UHD drive would make me want it. It's sad that even the PS4 Pro, which claims to be a 4K machine, still didn't come with a UHD Blu-ray drive. Makes no sense at all. Other than making game's prettier and slight improvement to the fuzzy PSVR (if you shelled out the crazy bucks for it), it provides zero upgrades for me.

I snatched up a PS4 Pro last year, to go along with my 4K TV. However, if I was given the choice between that and the Xbox One X...I'd probably still go with the PS4 Pro. With Microsoft's Xbox Play Anywhere policies, I can play many of the platform's biggest releases on my desktop, rendering a dedicated Xbox console seemingly as an afterthought. Sony, meanwhile, has no equivalent, and thus are forced to support their console with excellent exclusives. Plus, I will hopefully pick up a VR headset one of these days, and PSVR is still among the best bang for my buck in that arena.
This is a difficult question. If I already owned a regular PS4 (and thus had access to games like NieR: Automata, Persona 5, and Yakuza 0) then I would 100% upgrade to a Xbox One X rather than a PS4 Pro. My reasoning is that you'd get to enjoy the best of both worlds: all of the PS4 exclusives, and play multiplatform games on the more impressive (hardware-wise) console (plus the cool console-exclusive Xbox One games like Sunset Overdrive, PUBG, Dead Rising 3, etc.). Now, if someone owned no current-gen platforms, I'd recommend going with a PS4 Pro. The system works really well for multiplatform, and the third-party exclusives really tip the scales to its favor.

Probably PS4 Pro. I have tiptoed around the idea of replacing my Xbox 360 with Xbox One but I just don't have it in me to fork out money for a console that has a library I'm not going to enjoy. I'm leaning towards the Switch, though.

Now that you’ve seen our answers, we’d love to see hear your thoughts on the matter at hand. Feel free to chime in below with your answer to this week’s question. We’d love to know what you think about the current console system landscape, and if you’re excited about the Xbox One X!

We’re always looking for suggestions for our next Now Loading. If you’ve got a good one then let us know via email (or leave a comment below), and we might feature it next week. If we do, we’ll make sure to include a special thank you to the sender!


Now Loading is a weekly recurring feature where the PlayStation LifeStyle staff discusses anything video game-related ranging from hot topics to more whimsical subjects. Past editions can be found here.

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