Gaming Console Showdown – XBox One S vs. Playstation VR/PS4

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Every year, families everywhere are divided about which gaming console should be the big gift of the holiday season. 2016 will be no exception with the major players updating their consoles and breaking out all the stops, including introducing virtual reality elements. Here we have the side by side comparison to help you decide which is right for you.

Xbox One S

Gaming Console Showdown – XBox One S vs. Playstation VR/PS4

The newest addition to the Xbox series is the Xbox One S, released this past August. The Xbox One S is similar to the Xbox One but with more power, more storage, an improved gamepad and support for Ultra HD BluRay discs.

The price point for the Xbox One S starts at an affordable $199 but finding the console sold standalone can be tricky. Most purchases are made as part of a bundle for the 500GB version that starts at $299 and includes a game, controller, HDMI cable, power cable, and 14 day trial of Xbox Live Gold. Including a 12 month subscription to Xbox Live will add another $50.  If increased storage is important to you, you can get a 1T version bundle for $349 or a 2T version (with no game bundle) for $399. There is a highly coveted 2T Gears of War 4 Limited Edition bundle in deep red available for a hefty $499.

There are a number of different game bundles available:

  • Minecraft
  • Battlefield 1
  • Gears of War 4
  • The Division
  • Madden NFL 17

The XBox One S was awarded an Excellent rating by PC World Magazine. Raves for the system include that it can hold 4 times as many games as the Xbox One, all XBox One games are playable on the updated system, the gamepad is improved and the system design is slimmer and sleeker. With price points for standalone Ultra High Definition Blu-Ray players similar to the Xbox One, there is no arguing that Microsoft has created a valuable entertainment hub with the XBox One S.


Playstation VR/PS4


Sony’s news making release this year is the Playstation VR, priced at $399, which is only compatible with their existing game console, the PS4. The Playstation VR is the first virtual reality add-on to an existing gaming console. Other virtual reality gaming systems – notably the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vibe – are heavy on virtual reality features but are standalone without non-VR gaming capabilities.

The Playstation VR is a headset that connects to the PS4. It comes equipped with 3D Audio technology which means you can pinpoint sounds from above, below and all around you. It’s also equipped with Advanced VR Display which means the visuals are seamless and keep you constantly connected to the virtual reality world.

One of the biggest benefits to the Playstation VR is that it already has a library of 30+ available games that have been upgraded for VR compatibility, with more coming before the end of the year. The full list is available on the PS4 Blog, but some favorites include:

  • Call of Duty
  • Battlefield 1
  • Mafia III
  • NBA 2k17
  • Paragon
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider

Note that  one downside of the console is that to fully experience the Playstation VR, you must also have the PS4 Camera, which will run you about another $40.


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