5 stunning games that look better on Xbox One X compared to PS4 Pro
Xbox One X is undoubtedly the most powerful games console. Here's how some titles run on it versus the PS4 Pro.
No matter what aspect of the Xbox One X you're evaluating, it's undeniable that it is more powerful than the PlayStation 4 Pro. Surpassing Sony's console in CPU, GPU, and RAM horsepower, the Xbox One X is truly a beast on paper.
However, how does it perform when we actually play games on it? Specs are great, but what really matters is how the console performs for its customers. Here are five examples of games that run better on the Xbox One X than they do on the PlayStation 4 Pro.
Star Wars: Battlefront II
Star Wars: Battlefront II was one of last year's most impressive titles, and as such is a fantastic game to use as a measurement of the Xbox One X's power. The Xbox One X is capable of achieving native 4K resolution (3840x2160p) with Battlefront II while also often keeping the experience at 60 frames per second (FPS).
The PS4 Pro manages to stabilize at 60 FPS more often, but only slightly. Also, the maximum resolution you can play Battlefront II at on the console is just a 1440p. Xbox One X is much more capable of handling the galaxy far, far away.
Rise of the Tomb Raider
The recent Rise of the Tomb Raider game is another place where the power of the Xbox One X shines. Both consoles can reach 4K here (locked at 30 FPS) but the Xbox One X does it natively while the PS4 Pro does it through checkerboarding. This results in a crisp look for both, but the Xbox One X looks less blurry overall. The Enriched Visuals mode allows you to enhance other graphical aspects of the game at a cost of some resolution; in this mode, the Xbox One X uses 4K checkerboarding while the PS4 drops down to 1080p.
Finally, there's the High Framerate mode that reduces the experience on both consoles to 1080p to allow a boost to the framerate. Xbox One X is the clear winner here as well; it manages to run the game almost 100% at 60 FPS, while the PS4 Pro usually drops into the 50s during intensive moments.
In 2016's Hitman, the Xbox One X outperforms the PS4 Pro by a wide margin. On the One X, the game runs at either native 4K 30 FPS if you're playing on the normal settings or 1440p 60 FPS if you're playing in performance mode. In comparison, the PS4 Pro can only manage to run the game at 1440p, maximum.
Assassin's Creed: Origins
The Xbox One X almost manages to run last year's Assassin's Creed: Origins at native 4K, hitting 2016p whilst maintaining a mostly stable 30 FPS that only dips a little bit in cutscenes. In comparison, the PS4 Pro's resolution is lower at 1584p. In addition to this, the framerate on PS4 Pro also drops from 30 into the low twenties in intensive gameplay moments or in cutscenes. Though both consoles drop frames in these instances, the Xbox One X overall keeps its framerate higher.
The Witcher 3
Both the Xbox One X and the PS4 Pro can run The Witcher 3 with 4K resolution and a locked framerate of 30 FPS, but the Xbox One X is capable of achieving this natively while the PS4 Pro has to resort to checkerboarding. In addition, the Xbox One X's more powerful hardware allows it to render shadows and textures in the game much better than the PS4 Pro.
What games do you think look better on an Xbox One X than a PlayStation 4 Pro? Let us know in the comments.
The Xbox One X is available now for $499.
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