Five Reasons To Buy Xbox One S Over PS4 Slim

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

Posted By | On 08th, Oct. 2016 Under Article, Editorials | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


This generation has seen something of a soft reboot three years in, thanks to the launch of the Xbox One S and the PS4 Slim. Microsoft and Sony have both launched cheaper, smaller, more streamlined editions of their respective consoles, each, presumably, to address the issues that existed in the original models. The end result is the Xbox One S and the PS4 Slim, both of which are fairly different beasts than the original Xbox One and the PS4 that launched three years ago.

The Xbox One S especially is a really competent product- as console revisions go, it may even be the best in history. It has transformed the ugly duckling Xbox One into a gorgeous, beautiful swan. It is such an improvement over the original console that even people who already have an Xbox should look into getting one for themselves.

But what about those of you who don’t yet have an Xbox One? Or even a PS4 for that matter? Should the Xbox One still be at the top of your list in that case? It should. In fact, here are five reasons to go with an Xbox One S over a PS4 Slim. Also check back tomorrow for the other way around…Five Reasons To Buy PS4 Slim Over Xbox One S. 

YOU’RE A PC GAMER

xbox play anywhere

"If you’re a PC gamer, then buying an Xbox might be a mighty appealing proposition for you."

Microsoft has done something hugely ambitious- it has created a continuous ecosystem of Xbox and Windows. With Xbox Play Anywhere, all of Microsoft’s games release on Windows 10 and Xbox One, they have Cross Play and sometimes even Cross Save, and all your Achievements, Gamertag, and even Library are shared across both systems. You can stream Xbox games to PC as well, extending the capabilities of both systems. You create one continuous digital identity that works for you across platforms. So if you’re a PC gamer, then buying an Xbox might be a mighty appealing proposition for you- you get to retain the same digital identity and game library, and you get more flexibility with how and where you want to play your games.

MICROSOFT’S FIRST PARTY GAMES

It is indisputable that Sony and Nintendo both have a more extensive first party catalog than Microsoft- but in the last ten years, Microsoft, too, have built up a stable of some pretty strong brands. Forza, Gears, and Halo command strong fan followings, and for many, just playing a new Halo or Forza game is worth the cost of admission of a new Xbox console. And with Microsoft’s first party moving from strength to strength – Forza and Halo are both arguably the best they have ever been, while Microsoft continue to work on expanding their portfolio with games like Quantum Break, ReCoreand Scalebound – now is as good a time as any to jump in.

FREE BACKWARDS COMPATIBILITY WITH THE XBOX 360

Do you already own an Xbox 360? Do you have a library of games already built up for it? Then getting an Xbox One over a PS4 might be a no brainer. You see, Microsoft offers Xbox 360 backwards compatibility on the Xbox One, meaning you can play Xbox 360 hits like Fallout 3, Just Cause 2, and Red Dead Redemption on your new console. The games run better on Xbox One than on Xbox 360 in most cases, and they also get the advantage of Xbox One specific features that weren’t available on Xbox 360. And the best part? All of it is free. Unlike on competing systems, you don’t have to pay for the privilege of playing games you already own.

XBOX LIVE REMAINS THE GOLDEN STANDARD OF CONSOLE GAMING SERVICES

Xbox Live

"Sony may have made some strides with PSN lately, but Xbox Live remains the golden standard of online gaming on consoles even now."

Sony may have made some strides with PSN lately, but Xbox Live remains the golden standard of online gaming on consoles even now. It’s secure, it’s stable, it rarely suffers outages or even downtime from scheduled maintenances, it’s proofed against hackers, and it’s very feature rich. What’s more, Microsoft continues to evolve the service, offering functionality such as the upcoming Clubs feature, as well as features like Cross Platform Play, and EA Access, both of which the competition lacks at the moment. What’s more, with Xbox Live subscribers getting access to some pretty great games monthly for free, and with PS+ now matching Xbox Live’s $60 annual cost, any final advantages PS+ may have had over Live no longer hold, either. Xbox Live is now indisputably better.

MEDIA FUNCTIONALITY

You buy a console for video games, but it can’t hurt if it does some other things too. On that front, the Xbox One comes out on top with flying colors. Media functionality on the Xbox One is far superior to PS4, with more media apps being available on Xbox Live, and with UWP integration between Xbox and Windows. What’s more, with Xbox One S, Xbox One can now play 4K UHD Blu Ray discs- something that the PS4 and PS4 Slim cannot do. If having a high end media player in your house is something that appeals to you, the Xbox One definitely comes out on top as the better purchase.

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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  • -youjustgotburned-

    Xbox One S is better than the PS4 Slim in the media side and backwards compatibility. Games is subjective. If you want slightly better looking games PS4 Slim wins. If you want better media, better looking games then PS4 Pro wins.

    • How about first party studio and great exclusives.

  • Didier

    What I really like now is all the apps available on the Xbox One. For a few weeks now, developers can now publish app in the Xbox store at the same time as Windows 10 and this is a big deal. For example, VLC and many more recently released their app. Backward compatibility with my Xbox 360 games is also fantastic.

    • shotime1114

      Have you tried the Torrex Pro app on xbox one ? I only mentioned it because I thought maybe since you brought up VLC. You would want to watch torrent files

    • Didier

      No I didn’t but I read it was good

  • Bamf

    No mention of Killer Instinct? Very disappointed.

  • JJ

    And you can play N64 games if you manage to download the emulator before MS remove it from the store. XD

    • angh

      Arent pc better for emulators?

    • shotime1114

      Play torrent files, also. torrex pro on xbox one.

  • Tga215

    What’s the Pinot of these articles

    • archfiendx

      Just for clicks and views. Pramath is a liar and a moron.

  • Gamehead

    I could never bring myself to write an essay convincing people to buy my platform of choice. I be like, “Reasons to go PC, do your own research n!gga”.

  • No, I prefer PS4 console , My choice and won’t change my mind to low ended PC running Windows and it’s not upgradable.

  • Mr Xrat

    1. You want a relatively cheap 4K blu-ray player that only uses one of two HDR standards
    2. You want to pay for the online service PC gamers get to use for free
    3. ???
    4. Nah, I’m done.
    5. Sorry.

    • Bad wolf

      Keep up the damage control kid.

    • Mr Xrat

      I’m surprised you can actually spot it considering the holes you crawl in.

  • Bad wolf

    Hahaha look at all these drones damage controlling, the one s still the best selling console suck that up

    • LifeOnMars

      Just hold on to them figures Wolf, believe the hype, Time will tell,
      Let’s see where Xbox is in 3 months time..

  • XbotMK1

    Nothing like a good toxic misleading console war article for Pramath to generate clicks while presenting misinformation and lies as facts.

    “If you’re a PC gamer, then buying an Xbox might be a mighty appealing proposition for you.” “Microsoft has done something hugely ambitious- it has created a continuous ecosystem of Xbox and Windows.”

    All the more reason NOT to buy an Xbox One if you own a PC because there is no point. Microsoft has not done anything ambitious with this. Microsoft is putting their games on PC simply to lock people on Windows and Direct X which is a bad thing for PC gamers. Nintendo and Sony keep their games and business on their console which is better for PC gamers than Microsoft trying to lock them on Microsoft”s proprietary software.

    “You can stream Xbox games to PC as well”

    The PS4 also offers this. The PS4 can stream to Android, IOS and Windows while Xbox can only stream to Windows which further demonstrates my point that Microsoft just cares about locking people to Windows. And the Xbox to PC streaming feature was actually a rip off of the PS4 Remote Play.

    “MICROSOFT’S FIRST PARTY GAMES”

    Which you can buy on PC which goes to show a lack of loyalty and integrity Microsoft has to their gaming console.

    “FREE BACKWARDS COMPATIBILITY WITH THE XBOX 360”

    BC is a great feature that Microsoft only added after years of being killed in sales and years after Sony announced PlayStation Now. And if you don’t own any Xbox 360 games or PS3 games PlayStation Now may be a better proposition to you. You can rent and play all the last gen games for a relatively low price.

    “Sony may have made some strides with PSN lately, but Xbox Live remains the golden standard of online gaming on consoles even now.”

    Here is where we get into the hypocrisy and age old lie that Pramath has been preaching for years about Xbox Live being superior. If Xbox Live were superior, why did Microsoft rip off PS+ after Microsoft charged their fans for multiplayer since 2002? When Xbox One launched Xbox Live was slower than PSN in downloads and functionality. If Xbox Live was superior why has Microsoft been trying to copy PSN features and trying to improve Xbox Live to catch up with PSN? If haven’t seen you mention any of this Pramath.

    “It’s secure, it’s stable, it rarely suffers outages or even downtime from scheduled maintenances, it’s proofed against hackers,”

    Selective memory Pramath. I guess you failled to report all of the outages Xbox Live has been having all year. Xbox Live and PSN both suffer outages from time to time and the difference is negligible between the two. Claiming that one is superior to the other based on outages is also flawed. One could be attacked more often by DDOS attacks and PSN could have more traffic than Xbox Live.

    “What’s more, Microsoft continues to evolve the service,”

    You mean rip off PSN? I suppose a bias liar like you would totally ignore how PSN has been the one evolving while Xbox Live has been been playing catch up.

    Real player names
    Activity feeds
    Player bios
    Screenshots
    Communitees
    Play as you download
    Game hubs
    Join a multiplayer match directly from a live stream
    A bunch more are all features PSN had before Xbox Live and the newest Xbox Live dashboard is pretty much a copy of the PS4 UI.

    “offering functionality such as the upcoming Clubs feature,”

    You mean that rip off of PS4 communitees?

    “as well as features like Cross Platform Play, and EA Access, both of which the competition lacks at the moment.”

    EA Access has nothing to do with Xbox Live. It’s a subscription service for EA. And your claim that PSN doesn’t have cross platform play is a flat out lie. PSN has been doing cross platform play for years while Microsoft only just recently backtracked on that feature.

    “You buy a console for video games, but it can’t hurt if it does some other things too. On that front, the Xbox One comes out on top with flying colors. Media functionality on the Xbox One is far superior to PS4, with more media apps being available on Xbox Live, and with UWP integration between Xbox and Windows. What’s more, with Xbox One S, Xbox One can now play 4K UHD Blu Ray discs- something that the PS4 and PS4 Slim cannot do. If having a high end media player in your house is something that appeals to you, the Xbox One definitely comes out on top as the better purchase.”

    Most of the UWP apps that the Xbox One has are garbage, redundant or useless. I suppose we should all overlook how the PS4 has Spotify and PlayStation Vue which are two things none of the Xbox apps come close to offering. The only thing you mentioned that made sense was 4K Blurays but the Xbox One S has one of the worst 4K Bluray players on the market.

    • Gamez Rule

      Well posted!

      I use both networks and I agree what you posted. In My Opinion ( IMO ) Xbox One S should have been an upgraded console like PS4-Pro is for Sony gamers and not trying to palm off their next gen console ( Scorpio ) as a mid gen upgrade to compete against P-Pro.

  • 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 devs

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

  • Starman

    Slim and Pro are pipe-dream trash … Smoke and mirrors….

  • BillyHoWCR

    As an XBL Gold user already I have a lot more reasons to upgrade from my X360 to XOne S.

    All the following are already ready for me to install onto the Hard Drive Day 1 due to pre-selecting them when offered for FREE on XBL Gold Months:

    Earthlock: Festival of Magic
    WWE 2K16
    WARRIORS OROCHI 3 Ultimate
    Battlefield 4 all DLC
    Battlefield Hardline all DLC
    Tumblestone
    The Banner Saga 2
    The Crew
    Goat Simulator
    Costume Quest 2
    Defense Grid 2
    Sunset Overdrive
    The Wolf Among Us
    Lords of the Fallen
    Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments
    Styx: Master of Shadows
    Hand of Fate
    ZHEROS
    Killer Instinct/Killer Instinct: Ultra Edition Add-On
    Thief
    The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
    Knight Squad
    Pneuma: Breath of Life
    The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season
    METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES
    Valiant Hearts: The Great War
    Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
    The Deer God
    How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition
    So Many Me
    Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag
    MASSIVE CHALICE
    CastleStorm – Definitive Edition
    Pool Nation FX
    Child of Light
    #IDARB
    Rayman Legends

    It is a no brainer that I have an already built in game collection on the XOne when I make the upgrade. Regardless of what some titles might offer or not. That many games for free I can’t pass up.

    And of course I can carry much of my collection from X360 with me too due to BC. And yes I still own… Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon!

  • franco vinciguerra

    Xbox exclusives are garbage 🙁

  • Let me remind you guys, Without Sony you will have DRM and more Watch TV content above AAA games and your console need to be connected to the internet and Kinect will still watching you all the day, So PlayStation saved you guys from Micro$oft One’s disaster !

    • Pi Xo

      absolutely agreed


 

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