We’re probably nearing the end of this generation, with rumours of the PS5 already starting to swirl and whilst we may still have a few years left until we get to the new generation of consoles, there’s no denying both companies are working on the next step. Owning multiple consoles is a trend that seems to increase the later we get through a generation and since PS4 is beating the Xbox One by a 2:1 sales margin, this article will focus more on why PS4 gamers should add the Xbox One to their collection of gaming systems. With that said, here’s why you should own both consoles in 2018.
PS4 and Xbox One can both boast of having some great games on their respective systems. By general consensus, it is Sony’s machine that’s had the ‘better’ exclusives this generation (as per Metacritic average scores), but that doesn’t mean the Xbox One hasn’t had good games itself, far from it, in fact. Some great Xbox One games such as Quantum Break, Sunset Overdrive, Cuphead, the Forza series, Sea of Thieves, Dead Rising 3, Halo 5, Gears of War 4, Ori and the Blind Forest and more are all unplayable on the PS4 console. There’s a few hidden gems in the Xbox One lineup that PS4 gamers shouldn’t shun completely. If you didn’t find these games compelling enough to buy an Xbox One earlier in the generation, there sure is a big enough library here that you shouldn’t miss out on.
We’ll keep this one short because it’s a fairly straightforward point, but both base versions of the Xbox One and PS4 can be picked up very cheaply, with various options being offered. Many bundles come with newly released AAA titles or extra accessories for a very low price so there’s great value in these bundles now since the slim and upgraded versions of both consoles released to the market. With prices like these, especially on holiday events, there’s great value in picking up the console you don’t own yet.
There’s no denying that Sony kills it when it comes to story-focused first party games, but Microsoft kills it in another area: online multiplayer experiences. Primarily, the Halo 5 multiplayer is one of the best multiplayer experiences I’ve had in years. Sea of Thieves, though having its faults, is great fun when playing in a multiplayer group. The point here is that Microsoft’s exclusive titles feature better multiplayer than Sony’s first parties and if you’re playing with friends regularly, then you really shouldn’t miss out on the multiplayer experiences that Microsoft’s first party titles offer.
Much has been made about the ‘Xbox as a service’ focus that Microsoft has placed on the Xbox, but there really are some good services being offered on Xbox One. Between Game Preview with titles like the hugely popular PUBG, Ark etc, or the newly introduced Xbox Game Pass which gives one access to a large library of games (including all Microsoft first party IP future and present) for a small monthly fee or other services such as Mixer, EA Access and more. Overall, Microsoft’s console offers some great services that aren’t available on PS4 so if you’re looking for what’s different then look no further than the services offered.
When the Xbox One and PS4 first launched, much was made of the PS4’s superiority for multi-platform titles. Resolution differences dominated the headlines and gaming media and gamers alike made a huge deal about this, but with the release of Sony’s PS4 Pro and Microsoft’s Xbox One X, it is the X that comes out on top – and by quite a large degree. The Xbox One X offers top-level PC quality at a fraction of the price and runs many games at native 4K whilst PS4 Pro most often runs at a lower resolution or uses a checker-boarding technique. For the time being, you will get the best looking console games on Microsoft’s upgraded system so if this is important to you then you need to own the Xbox One X.
So there we have it. Are you a PS4 owner looking to branch out or could you never consider spending money on a rival system? There really is a lot to love about Xbox One and owning two consoles should be something to seriously consider. Make sure you leave us your thoughts below?