I’ve got a 1080p television with my PS4 connected to it and a 4K television with my Xbox One S on it. Games look great on both televisions. Horizon: Zero Dawn looks amazing on the PS4 at 1080p and Forza Horizon 3 is over and above expectations with its HDR and 4K upscaling. I’ve been keeping my eyes on the PS4 Pro and the newly released Xbox One X because I always want the latest tech. I’ve even thought about getting the PS4 Pro just to use it on my 1080p television, but do these two systems really offer that much more for our gaming needs?

When I think of faster, more powerful, systems. I’m thinking that draw distance in games will be better, frame rates will be higher, textures will look much better, and the games will be that much more amazing. That is what we normally see from one generation to the next in the console world. I see a big difference when I go back to games on the last gen PS3 or Xbox 360.

So, are the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X consoles really something that we should get? Do they offer that next generation feel or do they just add more gloss to the current generation games? I’m happy with what I have now. Are these faster consoles going to blow me away? Are they something that every gamer needs to get if they are buying a new console? Do we even need to upgrade if we currently have the PS4 or Xbox One S?


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Right now, I’m wanting to pass on these two consoles. I’ve checked out many comparison videos of games like Call of Duty WWII and Assassin’s Creed Origins being played on the Xbox One S, PS4, Xbox One X, PS4 Pro, and PC. Do I see much difference? Yes… but only in detail. I can see that distant objects are sharper and that the textures look much better, but is that making the game better for me? I like that games can run at 60 frames per second (fps) at 1080p, but they don’t do the same thing at 4K. Only the high end PCs do this.

Since Sony and Microsoft are making the developers create games that will run on the newer as well as older hardware, we aren’t going to see amazing changes in the games. I don’t notice draw distances being better on the PS4 Pro or Xbox One X. I don’t see more enemy on the screen or smarter AI. The games are required to run on all systems, so the developers are not putting that much more into the games for the PS4 Pro or Xbox One X. Yes, they are adding 4K texture packs, higher resolution, better fps, sharper shadows, and more realistic lighting, but is that what you really want?

If you have a 4K television and don’t currently own a console. You may want to get the PS4 Pro or Xbox One X, but you will also be paying a premium for them. With Black Friday just behind us, people were picking up the PS4 and Xbox One S for under $200 with a game. Do you really want to spend $400-$500 for the newer systems? The Xbox One S that I own plays 4K blu-rays and upscales my games to 4K with HDR (High Dynamic Range).


What are we looking at for the next generation of consoles? Sony will probably announce something new at the end of 2018 or 2019. Microsoft will do the same soon after. These new systems are going to be much faster then what we have now. Also, developers will not be held back with what they can do on the new generation systems. They know that people want 4K and 60fps, so that will be the baseline for developers. We will need more memory and larger hard drives to handle the 4K texture packs. Do we want a bit more power now or just wait a few more years for a whole new system?

I’m not saying that the PS4 Pro or Xbox One X are bad. I just want people to know that these are not next generation systems. I think near the end of this generation of consoles, Sony and Microsoft will loosen up a bit and allow developers to make some games that will only work on these faster consoles, but they don’t really want to split up the market now. If the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X is something that you really want, then go and get one… or both. They will work great on your new 4k television. For me… after much thought and review, I think that I will wait for the next generation.

We still have a lot to be excited for with the PS4 and Xbox One S. Look at the games that came late in the last generation consoles cycle. Uncharted 3 looked much better on the PS3 than the first one. It’s the same with Gears of War on the Xbox 360. Developers are still learning how to squeeze the all the power out of the PS4 and Xbox One S. I think we are going to see much better games before this generation is over. Then we all will be ready for the next shiny new PlayStation or Xbox consoles.