If you’re a gamer, you’re probably aware of the buzz Xbox has been creating since the E3 last year. Xbox by Microsoft announced it would be releasing a new console with the name Xbox Scorpio in the last months of 2017. Obviously, Xbox fans around the globe were stoked to hear the news. Just last week, Phil Spencer, the boss of the Xbox Company, tweeted that there are “no issues with the Xbox Scorpio release schedule”. This further accentuated the enthusiasm of the fans because now we know we’ll have the Scorpio hitting our shelves come winter 2017.
Hold on. We’re not here to talk about the Xbox Scorpio only. If you’re a Sony PlayStation fan, you must have heard the new PS4 Pro launching last November in 2016. Heck, you might even have it sitting on your shelf right now. Both the Ps4 Pro and the Xbox Scorpio are the latest consoles of their kind and they have some impressive features and specifications that make them stand way ahead of any other gaming platform. Sorry Nintendo Switch, you’ll have to try harder.
Although the two consoles have more similarities than differences, there is no doubt that the two companies are rivals and that they are two unique machines. Even the Xbox and Sony PlayStation fans are constantly competing which console is better than the other. Therefore, it’s important to compare the specs and features of the Xbox Scorpio and the Sony PlayStation 4 Pro. Read on for the full details and comparison to decide which one trumps the other.
The PS4 Pro packs an 8-core, 2.13 GHz processor, whereas the Xbox Scorpio will have an eight custom x86 CPU cores that will be clocked at 2.3GHz. The difference is minor, but the Xbox Scorpio has a slightly faster processing unit and therefore trumps Sony in this one.
GRAPHICS PROCESSING UNIT
The Xbox Scorpio is claimed to have six trillion floating point operations per second (TFLOPs) graphics processing unit or GPU that will feature forty customized units clocked at 1172 GHz with about 326 GB/s memory bandwidth The PS4 Pro, on the other hand, has a 4.12 TFLOPs GPU with a 218 GB/s memory bandwidth. The memory bandwidth of the console is a good indication of how fast high quality, full resolution graphics will run on your machine. From the numbers, we can easily see the Xbox Scorpio is way ahead of its game than the PS4, packing a graphics processing unit that has currently surpassed any gaming console up to date.
Fortunately, both of these consoles come neck and neck when it comes to the display. With the rising popularity of 4K or Ultra HD displays, both the PS4 Pro and the Xbox Scorpio are compatible with 4K resolution games (3840 x 2160 pixel resolutions). So if you’re buying the PS4 Pro or the Scorpio, you won’t be missing on the incredible 4K graphics either way. Both the devices provide an equal visual treat for the eyes and so they both win in the display category. Well done, Sony and Microsoft.
It’s important to have a decent or a preferably large memory for your machine to let it run smoothly and for a long time. The PS4 has a memory and storage of 8GB of GDDR5 with an additional 1 GB RAM to run background processes. The Xbox Scorpio, on the other hand, will feature a total of 12GB memory of GDDR5 RAM. The difference is quite obvious here and it’s safe to say the new Xbox console will deliver better storage and memory feature than its competitor, the Sony PlayStation 4 Pro.
This is definitely the deal breaker. I mean, what’s the point of owning a super console if it doesn’t even have your favorite games? For the console to win in this category, it needs to have a decent range and variety of games that it can play, and also the quality of the games should be up to high standards too. The good news is, both the PS4 Pro and the Xbox Scorpio will run all your favorite games from the PS4 and the Xbox One respectively so the variety of the games they can play are both pretty adequate. As for exclusive titles for each consoles is concerned, there have been no reports of new titles coming exclusively in the Xbox Scorpio yet except those that may require Virtual Reality experience. But who are we kidding? The Xbox Scorpio hasn’t even been released yet and we’re pretty hopeful that once it does, game developers will start making Scorpio exclusive titles too. So it’s still too soon to judge the new Xbox Scorpio on the basis of exclusive games.
Furthermore, the Xbox Scorpio will allow you to run your games in either 4K or Full HD (1080p resolution) if you want your machine processor to work faster. PS4 Pro does not have this option so we’ll give the trophy of the ‘games’ category to Xbox.
Of course with any other device you get, you need to countercheck if the price tag on it suits to your budget. The PS4 is already available in the market and is priced at US $450. The Xbox Scorpio? We’re not sure. Microsoft has not revealed the price of its new Xbox console but with the specifications, hardware and processing units kept in mind, we can make an intelligent guess that it will cost you around US $500. That’s a 50 dollar difference but who can we blame? The Xbox Scorpio does clearly feature better specs than the PS4 Pro
Xbox Scorpio vs. PS4 Pro: Who Takes Home the Trophy?
As a PlayStation fan myself, I will keep my verdict as unbiased as I can. Although the PS4 Pro has some incredibly amazing specs, it does however fall a little short than its competitor, the Xbox Scorpio. The differences, although minor, can still help us decide a winner – the Xbox Scorpio.