Five Reasons To Buy PS4 Slim Over Xbox One S

Xbox One S is great, but why not look into the PS4 Slim instead?

Posted By | On 09th, Oct. 2016 Under Article, Editorials | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


Slim revisions for PlayStation consoles are a time honored tradition- and so far, they have always been the definitive versions of their consoles. The PS2 Slim was flat out the best hardware available on the market at the time, all around, while the PS3 Slim is perhaps singularly associated with the PS3’s recovery from its until then slow slide into irrelevance.

The PS4 Slim, however, is a bit different. The original PS4 was a really well made and desirable console to begin with, one that the Slim has not necessarily improved upon- the build quality has gotten cheaper, and the console itsemf has received little to no improvements or new features of note. So what reason does one have to actually want to buy the PS4 (as opposed to being forced into buying one, given that it is currently the only PS4 model available on the market)?

Is there any reason to purchase a PS4 Slim over other consoles? Over, for instance, the Xbox One S? (For further reading: If you are interested in buying an Xbox One S, read our “Five Reasons To Buy Xbox One S Over PS4 Slim” over here.)

MORE POWERFUL

Even with all of its improvements, the Xbox One S remains, ultimately, an Xbox One- which means it’s got all the same problems that the original Xbox One hardware did, in terms of power and specs. The Xbox One was a relatively weak console at launch, and that problem has only gotten worse with time, as evidenced by Microsoft’s impending launch of the Xbox One Scorpio next year. That problem still stands with the Xbox One S, which is a weaker console than the PS4 Slim. So if you want the best bang for your buck in terms of your gaming experience with the console you buy, the PS4 Slim is probably the way to go- especially if power means anything to you.

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"Sony have a veritable army of exclusive games playable only on the PS4, which means if you want to play any of them, a PS4 is literally your only option."

Microsoft is working on increasing its slate of first party games, but they have a long way to go until they can catch up with Sony. Sony have a three generation lead and advantage over Microsoft, and Microsoft can’t put up with the sheer variety of games that Sony offers. From Uncharted to The Last of UsRatchet and Clank to Bloodborne, from Until Dawn to The Last Guardian, from Horizon to Killzone, from God of War to inFamous, and so many more, Sony have a veritable army of exclusive games. These great games, playable only on the PS4, which means if you want to play any of them, a PS4 is literally your only option.

JAPANESE GAMES

The one area where Xbox will never catch up with PlayStation in is in terms of Japanese game support. Xbox has never been able to get any traction or foothold in the Land of the Rising Sun, and at best, it achieves versions of multiplatform AAA Japanese games aimed at a wider worldwide audience. But for every Japanese game Xbox gets, it misses two more- no Nioh, no NieR: Automata, no Kingdom Hearts 2.8 HD, no Street Fighter 5, no Tales of Berseria, and perhaps most importantly, no Persona 5. If you have even a passing interest in Japanese games, don’t look beyond PS4.

YOU CARE ABOUT VR

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"Right now, if you want VR, PlayStation 4 with PlayStation VR remains the best bet."

If you care about VR, then the PS4 remains your only option for now. Microsoft are promising some kind of nebulous support for VR in the future with the launch of the Scorpio, but who knows how, when, or in what form that will materialize. Right now, if you want VR, PlayStation 4 with PlayStation VR remains the best bet- perhaps even if you include PC VR headsets into the mix. Sony have managed to accumulate a truly impressive list of games and developers for the PSVR, and if VR gaming is to ever take off, and garner widespread consumer and developer attention, it will be via PSVR. So if this exciting new paradigm of gaming excites you even in the slightest- the PS4 and PSVR is your best, and effectively, only bet.

IT’S REALLY SMALL

The Xbox One S is really small. It’s small and sleek, and it’s managed to transform the lumbring, ugly original Xbox One into a sleek, sexy console. The PS4 Slim, by comparison, looks ugly and cheap. But function matters more than form, and the PS4 Slim truly lives up to its name in that regard. It’s extremely small- it’s actually smaller than even an Xbox One S. If you are cramped for space in your household, then the PS4 Slim’s smaller size might be what tips you over the edge on it.

Note: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, GamingBolt as an organization.


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  • XbotMK1

    Here are a few other reasons Pramath didn’t mention in his click bait console war article.

    – PSN is indisputably superior to Xbox Live. The network is secure and network maintenance seems to show Sony is intetested in keeping it secure. PSN has lead the generation in new features on console and continues evolve with new features while Xbox Live seems to just be playing catch up. For example, activity feeds, communitees, and sharing functionality such as streaming to YouTube. There are more players on the PS4 which makes it easier for multiplayer gaming. Xbox Live suffers from outages and seems much slower than the PSN experience. PS+ also offers more monetary value.

    – It is more consistent and consumer friendly. Microsoft has done little this gen but lie, backtrack in response to inferior sales and copy the competition. Early test in 2014 show PSN was faster and more robust in social features than Xbox Live yet Microsoft charged their fanbase for multiplayer since 2002 without free games. In comparison Sony has only been charging for multiplayer since 2013 but PS+ has always offered free games. Microsoft still charges for free to play games, party chat and other basic features that have always been free on PSN. Microsoft even charged for Netflix and a web browser before backtracking on that policy. Microsoft used to block cross platform play in an attempt to lock developers and consumers to Xbox Live and Windows. PSN has always allowed cross platform play. Microsoft releases their games on PC which shows they don’t really care about their console and care more about locking consumers to Windows.

    – The user interface is faster, more customizable, and more intuitive.

    • nomad682

      PSN is not more reliable than Xbox Live. PSN has gone down more than Xbox Live and PSN just recently got 2-step verification. When Xbox Live goes down usually only parts of it do. Unlike PSN which the whole thing will go down. Downloads are also faster on Xbox One just as they were on the Xbox 360.

      Yeah Microsoft just recently unblocked cross platform play and yet Sony hasn’t allowed it to happen yet even through the devs of Rocket League can make it work as have several other game developers. Since it’s available why hasn’t Sony allowed it to happen?

    • Demetre M

      Lmfao hey dumbass do us all a favor and shut your mouth PSN is a pile of trash I know it hurts you that Xbox Live kills that trash server facts are facts not enough money invested in that trash

      oh wait Sony got milk you fools for more money selling Uncharted selling individually lmfao damn morons

    • crazy_black_man-

      You’re the dumb one. Read what HE said again, and then read what YOU said.

    • Mark

      Ahaha. He replied to the wrong guy lol

    • Starman

      Ty can’t do it , that’s why , their crappy network will get exposed …FACTS

    • Mr Xrat

      PSN’s been more reliable for years. Everyone accepts it now, that’s why MS had to cook up a cute little report to damage control it. As for cross-play, stay in your ghetto, thanks.

    • Kinect

      Xbox Live has slower downloads and it has more outages this year

    • efnet

      Yea that’s a huge negative there. Xbox live max out my connection where as ps4 fluctuates constantly…

    • kma99

      Still replying to yourself? Pathetic

    • nomad682

      It might be that way for you on the downloads but for me it’s the opposite.

    • Starman

      LOOOOOOOL , what planet are you from ???? not earth , you sound like a complete fool (fangirl, Sony) lol

    • R.K

      LOL nice try there, when you get 39 MPBS on a download over WiFi send me a screenshot.

  • Lucardo Exod

    “MORE POWERFUL”

    Running Uncharted 900p adn 30fps…

    “IT’S REALLY SMALL”

    this is not a good argument.

    • LifeOnMars

      Uncharted a game that Xboners can only dream of.

    • Masyer

      Why would we need to when we just played tomb raider a year early

    • LifeOnMars

      Please remind me, how long was that after Uncharted ?

    • chestwig

      Er you know Tomb Raider came out in 1996 on the ps1 right? About 11 years before Uncharted on the ps3.

    • LifeOnMars

      Yes and very good it was too.
      Er you know Tomb Raider has already been on PS4 ?

    • chestwig

      Lol yes I do, I own a PS4 not an xbox one. I will probably buy TR when I finish off ni no kuni which I went back to recently. As for UC, 2 was frigging awesome and one of my favourite games ever.

    • Masyer

      Ok and how long after tomb raider on pc did uncharted come out on ps3 dude shut it u look dumb right now.

    • LifeOnMars

      I owned Tombraider on the PC years ago.
      I don’t bother using my PC for gaming these days.

    • hvd hvd

      yep im sure sony will try to copy tomb raider some how maybe use draks daughter as a croft wana be.

    • Aaron L.

      Lol who cares. That game was better on PC anyways. Exclusives are the real reason for a console which xbox gave away most to PC now so I wont need a trashbox to play the 1 exclusive that i wanted it for now. Which is now on PC. Which means i will see it pirated abd not give MS one penny ever. Ps4 has exclusives worth getting and i can use ps4 pro to play them looming even better.

    • Masyer

      Why would u do that just get playstation now and there u go exclusives on the pc they already said the ps4 library is coming and have fun with pirating games the most anti gaming movment u could enjoy thnx for steali g from hard working developers and not microsoft ur the reason coment sections suck u must be 12 because u dont think of the people who work hard but you would take food from them and their family.

    • Mark

      Ahaha. True

    • hvd hvd

      an uncharted game that will never be made again the series is over dne and gone.rip uncharted rip.no more will be made

    • LifeOnMars

      when a game has run it’s course it’s time to let go, I would hate to see it end up like forza.

    • hvd hvd

      yea like uncharted series oh wait thankfully its over…lol same for god of war.same for ff15 i agree they all have run their course.

    • LifeOnMars

      I would love to get back at ya, but I can’t see any Xbone exclusives.

      If only Xbox one had a bit more power, had a few exclusuives, reliable 4k blu ray play back and 4k blu rays were not twice the price of std blu ray,
      and providing it was the same price of the PS4 slim I would go out and buy one tomorrow.

    • hvd hvd

      you are obviously a fuc*ing idiot.please do get back to me i cant deal with your level of stupidity.

    • LifeOnMars

      Ooooops touched a nerve

    • crazy_black_man-

      You didn’t just touch a nerve. You grabbed their p-ssy like Donald Trump! Good job! Hilariousness!

    • efnet

      Lol you’re just pulling words out the crack of your azz right now huh?

    • TPoppaPuff

      You say that after Forza Horizon 3, the best game in the series, just came out. 😐

      If you wanted to make that argument about Gran Turismo it would have a heck of a lot more credibility, considering that they were still using their PS2 car models a month removed from 2014.

      They’re car games. Their “story” hasn’t run out until there are not anymore cars.

    • Tomaterrrx

      What a trash analogy.

    • Brad Marcus Kirchhoff

      I have a ps4 and Uncharted is easily the most overrated series of all time. 1 was pretty good but 2, 3, and 4 sucked imo.

    • franco vinciguerra

      Halo is most overrated series of all time

    • Kinect

      Uncharted 4 runs at 1080p 30fps single player and 900p at 60fps multiplayer

      Stupid Xboners lol

    • Starman

      TRASH…..

    • Mr Xrat

      UC4 would be sub-720p on the Jokebox.

  • hvd hvd

    really what is this bias media journalist smoking?this is sad and pathetic sony media bias right here.

    everyone know the xbox one s is leagues better then the ps4 even sony fans know it.you wpatheticonder why we xbox games talk about media bias this right here.this journalist is pathetic and bias.

  • crazy_black_man-

    1) Quality design, functionality and Playstation VR.

    2) Spiderman
    3) MLB Baseball
    4) God of War
    5) The Xbox One is an electronic disaster built around Windows 10 which needs to be rebooted frequently in order for anything to work properly, and there are no longer any exclusive games worth buying the console for. It is a failure in design and functionality, and while this gen is only 3 years in, the new Xbox Scorpio will soon be rushed to market to make up for all of Microsoft’s Xbox One losses on the original Xbox One and the Xbox One S. We all know what happens when MS rushes consoles to market.

    • Lucardo Exod
    • Mr Xrat

      Another huehue idiot on the damage control.

    • hvd hvd

      suit smoking that stuff.you have to lay off it every once in a while.

    • efnet

      Lol

    • hvd hvd

      lololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololo

    • Demetre M

      Quality is pile of trash and idiots like you are just suckers that run and pay for garbage it’s failure and they should of never announced that garbage

    • Aaron L.

      Im glad this guy agrees xbox one is still trash even if it can play 4k movies for $30 a pop on a sub par 4k bluray player

    • crazy_black_man-

      That piece of sh=t subpar 4k bluray drive on the Xbox One S will be the first thing to fail on it too. Xbox consoles have never been associated with ‘quality’. UPS will be busy this holiday season shipping brand new PSVR headsets to over 40 million excited, happy PS4 customers, and returning broken Xbox One consoles back to the refurb trade in center for 20 million idiots that still haven’t learned their lesson.

  • hvd hvd

    that right you shouldnt compare a ps4 slim to the xbox one s because the xbox one s destroys it in every way
    #1upscales ALL games to 4k doesnt need a patch like the ps4 pro..lol
    #2 4k blue ray player that the ps4 pro has but not the ps4 slim…lol
    #3 better exclusives then the same sony crap every year.
    #4 better controller as always.
    #5 has REAL HDR that requires a hdmi port 2.0 unlike the lies sony tells you about the ps4 and ps4 slim which have hdmi 1.4…you cant do hrd on those two at all.

    wait i though this was a which one was better between the ps4 slim and the xbox one s not the xbox one and ps4 pro….the $299 xbox one s destroys the ps4 pro it looks like…………lmao.

    • Aaron L.

      Are you trolling? Or just horribly misinformed or in denial? The upscaling the xbox one s does is completely useless in everyway as it does it in same exact thing as plugging in an original xbox one to a 4k tv. Just instead of the 4k tv upscaling the xbox one s does the upscaling. They are both the same simple upscaling. Nothing even close to the ps4 pro. All 4k tvs do this. A ps4 original or slim will look better when upscaled to 4k when plugged into a 4k tv then a xbox or xbox one s would because it starts out in 1080p vs xbox one with lower resolution on lots of games. The ps4 pro does have some games in native 4k, 3 so far that will be native 4k and more will come. Ps4 pro upscaling starts from native 1440p to 1800p to 4k via new methods that show far superior image quality then xbox one s with its generic post render upscaling. It is not comparable to the ps4 pro as a game console. Sure its a cheap watered down sorta 4k bluray player with a few apps and some games that are all becoming playable on pc. I see no point in this console anymore. My PC can play its previous exckusives in native 4k now.

    • hvd hvd

      you are and idiot and even tho you have a pc you are still bias for sony any one with a brain can see the ps4 pro is crap.the $299 xbox one s does the same thing and doesnt need a patch ALL games upscale to 4k.

      like i and many others have stated you can run crap games in 4k on it. sure or 5 years old games and remasters of remasters sure.if thats you reason for calling it a 4k then since my 10 year old pc can run snes games in 4k so its a 4k pc.

      it looks like you are sticking up for a bunch of idiots and thats because you are ps4 bais.

      its out there now the internet know about the bias miedi sites and the stupidity of sony fanboys.you are just a sony fanboy who got a pc and only plays uncharted on the ps4.

      im a pc gamer but i got a ps4 for its crappy exclusives.which means you were always a playstation guy who just bought a pc am i right?

    • crazy_black_man-

      LOL. This is what an insane person sounds like when you tell him the Gods honest truth about his Xbox. Hilariousness.

    • hvd hvd

      you are an idiot just looking to troll.have fun and get blocked sucka.

    • crazy_black_man-

      LOL. I find it to be an esteemed honor when you crybabies give up and block me. I love it! Feel the pain baby!

    • jp

      you will feel the pain once you pay $400 for tech demos and nausea.

    • Mark

      Lol

    • crazy_black_man-

      Jealousy becomes you.

    • jp

      hahaha for a technology is not even ready? have you seen Batman VR? hahahaha cmon man, have it your way buddy Sony is gonna rape you.

    • crazy_black_man-

      LOL. Sony is gonna rape me? Oh, you are so damn jealous jp! You’re just embarrassing yourself!

      See cartoon above…”what Xbros believe”. Hilariousness!

      Do you need a rape kit?

    • jp

      Ill get my share of VR with a real VR product with a Scorpio and a Rift, no thanks on a PSVR

    • Starman

      You can’t convince idiots of the truth when they’re blinded by propaganda ….. if it sounds good to dummies (Sony girls) they jump right in before they do any real research….

    • hvd hvd

      i know its just being more exposed now.if sony says the grass is blue and the sky is green they would 100% believe it.they are lemmings all you can do is feel sorry for them.

    • R.K

      For someone who doesn’t care about the console you seem to cry alot about it loll, I’m glad you realized the PS4 Pro isn’t comparable to the Xbox One S, shows some level of sanity. But as a whole the PS4 Slim is less in value as the One S offers more in hardware features as a whole. That lack of optical audio itself should wipe the PS4 Slim off anyone’s “value per dollar” agenda

    • franco vinciguerra

      Microsoft exclusive is crap every year.
      Only this year three crappy games , like quantum break and recore

  • Terminator

    Xbox One S > PS4 Slim
    1. Backwards Compatibility
    2. Better, faster and more customizable Dashboard
    3. Better Network (proven on recent tests)
    4. 4K Ultra HD and 4K BlueRay
    5. Great features, services and many APPS thanks to UWP
    6. More multiplayer oriented games on first party games, and great variety
    7. Strong support from Microsoft and other devs
    8. Great and slick design

    PS4 Slim > Xbox One S
    1. Better hardware, slightly better looking games
    2. More exclusives, and more single player oriented games and great variety
    3. PSVR
    4. PS Now
    5. Great features
    6. Strong support from Sony and other devs

  • crazy_black_man-

    Top 5 reasons not to buy an Xbox One before, or after October 13 2016,…heres all 5.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/eae024a9994aa3f8e4932289e0fe17fee9723420242aa74028aa098c8b3e06a5.jpg

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    • crazy_black_man-

      And the next thing you know, MS removed the Kinect port from the new Xbox model after scamming these fools for 3 years with Kinect 2.0. Hilariousness indeed!

  • Brad Marcus Kirchhoff

    Lol the power is literally so close that not even someone w ocd could tell the difference. Im a ps4 owner saying this…ILL keep my original ps4 but im getting an xb1s for games like Ark and Sea of Thieves plus mods that actually work. Dont expect much from Sony’s compromised mod support.

  • Kinect

    PS4 Slim > Xbone S

    1. More games
    2. Better game performance
    3. Better looking
    4. Smaller
    5. More players
    6. Better network (proven by tests and Microsoft copying PSN)
    7. VR
    8. PS+
    9. PlayStation Now
    10. Spotify
    11. PlayStation Vue
    12. Better user interface

    Xbone S > PS4 Slim

    1. Backwards compatibility
    2. APPs
    3. 4K Bluray player
    4. Name changes
    5. More mods in Fallout 4

    Only buy Xbone S if you like being lied to and screwed over and waiting for Microsoft to do 180s and rip off competition.

    • Mark

      “Better looking”? Yeah only in The Outer Limits. Lol

  • TPoppaPuff

    Pramath, the trolliest of trolls, trolls the internet once again. And yet, these comments lap it up. Gaming is dead, and this article and these comments are the proof. There’s never been a worse time to be a rational human being.

    • efnet

      Agreed

    • crazy_black_man-

      Edit: “There’s never been a worse time to own an Xbox”.

    • TPoppaPuff

      Pramath, why are you in the comments? Just go write another “editorial.”

    • crazy_black_man-

      The new article will be titled, “5 reasons why Pramath couldn’t possibly be Crazyblackman”.

      Reason number 1 through 5…Crazyblackman would never write an article about what Phil Spencer tweeted.

    • TPoppaPuff

      Wouldn’t or can’t?

    • crazy_black_man-

      I is me. He is he. I’ve challenged him on some of his articles too. He is an Xbox fan. Everybody knows that.

    • Michael W

      I agree with the statement.

      “There’s never been a worse time to be a rational human being.”

    • Mark

      Lmao, thats a good one

  • jp

    hahahahahahaha good joke, the exclusives listed are the only one the Playstation has, this guy talking like it the PS2 era when PS actually had exclusives now their on both platforms, example? Resident Evil, Final Fantasy, Metal gears and the list goes on and on, MS is catching up really quick, talk about:

    Sea Of Thieves

    Recore

    Gears Of War

    State Of Decay

    Crackdown

    Halo Wars 2

    Dead Rising (Timed exclusive)

    Cuphead and many more, and that just for this winter season, so yeah maybe I will get a PS4 … in 2020 when the good exclusives come out.

    • crazy_black_man-

      Thats a list of games to soon be found in the $5 bargain bin wire basket in front of the Xbox One games section at Wal-Mart.

    • jp

      I mean of 25 PS4 exclusives 20 are JRPGs or remasters…. the other 5 are coming 2020, lame attempt pony.

    • franco vinciguerra

      Xbox games are garbage , deal with it.


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