The best 10 game consoles in comparison

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Game consoles (1 - 5)
Sony PlayStation 5Microsoft Xbox Series XSony PlayStation 5 Digital EditionMicrosoft Xbox One XSony PlayStation 4 ProSony PlayStation 4 SlimSony PlayStation 4Microsoft Xbox Series SSony PlayStation 4 Ultimate Player 1TB EditionMicrosoft Xbox One S
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Sony PlayStation 5
Microsoft Xbox Series X
Sony PlayStation 5 Digital Edition
Microsoft Xbox One X
Sony PlayStation 4 Pro
Sony PlayStation 4 Slim
Sony PlayStation 4
Microsoft Xbox Series S
Sony PlayStation 4 Ultimate Player 1TB Edition
Microsoft Xbox One S
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Summary
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  • General info (79)
  • Connectivity (100)
  • Features (100)
  • Controllers (100)
  • Performance (99)
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  • Features (100)
  • Controllers (57)
  • Performance (100)
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  • Performance (62)
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  • Connectivity (78)
  • Features (72)
  • Controllers (59)
  • Performance (44)
  • General info (93)
  • Connectivity (72)
  • Features (77)
  • Controllers (77)
  • Performance (39)
  • General info (97)
  • Connectivity (64)
  • Features (77)
  • Controllers (77)
  • Performance (41)
  • General info (92)
  • Connectivity (64)
  • Features (77)
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  • Performance (67)
  • General info (71)
  • Connectivity (87)
  • Features (65)
  • Controllers (57)
  • Performance (40)
  • General info (98)
  • Connectivity (64)
  • Features (67)
  • Controllers (77)
  • Performance (41)
  • General info (81)
  • Connectivity (68)
  • Features (72)
  • Controllers (71)
Performance
Number of compute unitsCompute units are a part of the GPU that contain the stream processors, an important component of graphics processing power.
Number of compute unitsCompute units are a part of the GPU that contain the stream processors, an important component of graphics processing power.36
52
36
N.A.18
18
18
20
18
12
Internal storageThe internal storage refers to the built-in storage space available in a device for system data, apps, and user-generated data. With a large amount of internal storage, you can save more files and apps on your device.
Internal storageThe internal storage refers to the built-in storage space available in a device for system data, apps, and user-generated data. With a large amount of internal storage, you can save more files and apps on your device.825GB
1000GB
825GB
1000GB
1000GB
500GB
500GB
512GB
1000GB
1000GB
RAMRandom-access memory (RAM) is a form of volatile memory used to store working data and machine code currently in use. It is a quick-access, temporary virtual storage that can be read and changed in any order, thus enabling fast data processing.
RAMRandom-access memory (RAM) is a form of volatile memory used to store working data and machine code currently in use. It is a quick-access, temporary virtual storage that can be read and changed in any order, thus enabling fast data processing.16GB
16GB
16GB
12GB
8GB
8GB
8GB
10GB
8GB
8GB
ResolutionResolution is an essential indicator of a screen's image quality, representing the maximum amount of pixels that can be shown on the screen. The resolution is given as a compound value, comprised of horizontal and vertical pixels.
ResolutionResolution is an essential indicator of a screen's image quality, representing the maximum amount of pixels that can be shown on the screen. The resolution is given as a compound value, comprised of horizontal and vertical pixels.7680 x 4320px
7680 x 4320px
7680 x 4320px
N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.2560 x 1440px
N.A.N.A.
Floating-point performanceFloating-point performance is a measurement of the raw processing power of the GPU.
Floating-point performanceFloating-point performance is a measurement of the raw processing power of the GPU.10.28 TFLOPS
12 TFLOPS
10.28 TFLOPS
6 TFLOPS
4.14 TFLOPS
1.84 TFLOPS
1.84 TFLOPS
4 TFLOPS
1.84 TFLOPS
1.32 TFLOPS
CPU speedThe CPU speed indicates how many processing cycles per second can be executed by a CPU, considering all of its cores (processing units). It is calculated by adding the clock rates of each core or, in the case of multi-core processors employing different microarchitectures, of each group of cores.
CPU speedThe CPU speed indicates how many processing cycles per second can be executed by a CPU, considering all of its cores (processing units). It is calculated by adding the clock rates of each core or, in the case of multi-core processors employing different microarchitectures, of each group of cores.8 x 3.5GHz
8 x 3.8GHz
8 x 3.5GHz
8 x 2.3GHz
8 x 2.3GHz
8 x 1.6GHz
8 x 1.6GHz
8 x 3.6GHz
8 x 1.6GHz
8 x 1.75GHz
Total score for "Performance"
Total score for "Performance"
General info
Internal power supplyDevices with an internal power supply are desirable as they don't require a large external "power brick" on the cable. It’s more aesthetically pleasing and an advantage if you have limited space.
Internal power supplyDevices with an internal power supply are desirable as they don't require a large external "power brick" on the cable. It’s more aesthetically pleasing and an advantage if you have limited space.
Internal storageThe internal storage refers to the built-in storage space available in a device for system data, apps, and user-generated data. With a large amount of internal storage, you can save more files and apps on your device.
Internal storageThe internal storage refers to the built-in storage space available in a device for system data, apps, and user-generated data. With a large amount of internal storage, you can save more files and apps on your device.825GB
1000GB
825GB
1000GB
1000GB
500GB
500GB
512GB
1000GB
1000GB
Optical disc driveAn optical disc drive (ODD) allows you to read data from discs such as DVDs and Blu-Rays.
Optical disc driveAn optical disc drive (ODD) allows you to read data from discs such as DVDs and Blu-Rays.
Region-freeRegion free devices allow you to play games from different continents. This enables you to collect a larger game library, and you could play games before they are released in your region.
Region-freeRegion free devices allow you to play games from different continents. This enables you to collect a larger game library, and you could play games before they are released in your region.
Replaceable hard driveThe internal hard drive can be replaced by the user, for example if you wish to upgrade to a larger storage capacity.
Replaceable hard driveThe internal hard drive can be replaced by the user, for example if you wish to upgrade to a larger storage capacity.
Total score for "General info"
Total score for "General info"
Connectivity
HDMI outputDevices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.
HDMI outputDevices with a HDMI or mini HDMI port can transfer high definition video and audio to a display.
3.5mm audio jackWith a standard mini jack socket, you can use the device with most headphones.
3.5mm audio jackWith a standard mini jack socket, you can use the device with most headphones.
USB portsWith more USB ports, you are able to connect more devices.
USB portsWith more USB ports, you are able to connect more devices.4
3
4
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) connectivityWi-Fi 4 (802.11n) is a wireless standard released in 2009. It has faster transfer rates and improved security compared to its predecessors – a, b, and g.
Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) connectivityWi-Fi 4 (802.11n) is a wireless standard released in 2009. It has faster transfer rates and improved security compared to its predecessors – a, b, and g.
Wi-Fi connectivityThe device can connect to Wi-Fi.
Wi-Fi connectivityThe device can connect to Wi-Fi.
Total score for "Connectivity"
Total score for "Connectivity"
Features
Number of channels of sound outputThe more channels of sound, the more realistic the experience becomes.
Number of channels of sound outputThe more channels of sound, the more realistic the experience becomes.7.1
7.1
7.1
7.1
7.1
7.1
7.1
N.A.7.1
7.1
Number of exclusive gamesExclusive games are only available to that game console producer.
Number of exclusive gamesExclusive games are only available to that game console producer.N.A.N.A.N.A.22
73
73
73
N.A.73
22
Number of gamesConsoles which have more games offer more choice to the user. It is also an indicator of how popular a console is.
Number of gamesConsoles which have more games offer more choice to the user. It is also an indicator of how popular a console is.25
39
25
2704
1216
1216
1216
39
49
2704
Play games while downloadingThis means you don’t have to wait for the entire game to download first, as the later stages of the game download while you are playing.
Play games while downloadingThis means you don’t have to wait for the entire game to download first, as the later stages of the game download while you are playing.
Voice commandsYou can use your voice to control key functions of the device and you can easily access your device without pushing any button.
Voice commandsYou can use your voice to control key functions of the device and you can easily access your device without pushing any button.
Total score for "Features"
Total score for "Features"
Controllers
Controller weightA lighter controller puts less strain on the hands while playing.
Controller weightA lighter controller puts less strain on the hands while playing.N.A.N.A.N.A.N.A.210g
210g
210g
N.A.210g
N.A.
Compatible with motion-sensing controller(s)A motion controller is a type of game controller that utilizes sensors (such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, and other types of sensors) to track motion and provide input.
Compatible with motion-sensing controller(s)A motion controller is a type of game controller that utilizes sensors (such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, and other types of sensors) to track motion and provide input.
Number of analog sticksThe more analog sticks, the more complex the input can be.
Number of analog sticksThe more analog sticks, the more complex the input can be.N.A.2
N.A.2
2
2
2
2
2
2
Number of controllersMore controllers allows you to have more people playing at a time.
Number of controllersMore controllers allows you to have more people playing at a time.N.A.8
N.A.8
4
4
4
8
4
8
Integrated touchpadWith a touchpad, users can control the device by moving their finger on a touch-sensitive surface.
Integrated touchpadWith a touchpad, users can control the device by moving their finger on a touch-sensitive surface.
Total score for "Controllers"
Total score for "Controllers"

How to choose a game console

Which game console is better: Xbox or PlayStation? This is a highly controversial topic for hardcore gamers. Even though Microsoft's Xbox and Sony's PlayStation have over 80% of the global market share, this doesn't mean there aren't other notable players. You’ll also find a variety of Nintendo consoles, and Google and Apple are challenging the gaming market with their cross-platform gaming services, Stadia and Arcade.

With so many options available, it is becoming increasingly difficult for players to determine which game console is the right one for them. Each device is unique in terms of performance, graphics, speed, storage, entertainment, number of exclusive games, portability, and so on. In what follows, we break down the main aspects that matter when choosing a game console.

Graphics and performance

The latest game consoles are equipped with premium graphics and provide great gaming experiences. The GPU clock speed is a crucial factor for the performance of the console. However, if you are to compare the graphics processing units or GPUs of high-end models, such as Microsoft Xbox Series X vs. the Sony PlayStation 5, you'll notice that they are closely matched in terms of clock speed. Both feature eight-core, 64-bit AMD processors and RDNA 2 AMD GPUs. In this case, the specs that might make a difference are the number of compute units, the floating-point performance, and the internal storage.

Shading units

Most of the video game consoles today have shading units or stream processors integrated into their GPU. Although shaders are generally used to control GPU-focused tasks, like image, video, and signal processing, they also boost performance because they facilitate parallel data processing. For example, Sony PlayStation 5 has 2,304 shading units, far exceeding the average value of 925.3, which accelerates graphics processing and rendering speed.

TFLOPS

Floating-point performance refers to the computational power of a system and is measured in floating-point operations per second. Some of the famous game consoles of the 1990s, like the Sega Model 1 or the Nintendo 64, had less than 200 MFLOPs (mega-floating point operations per second). Fast forward to the present day, the floating-point performance of the average game console is of 1 TFLOP (tera-floating point operations per second). Higher-end consoles have floating-point performances of 12 TFLOPs, an indication of just how far we’ve come in terms of raw GPU processing power.

RAM and internal storage

All the video game consoles nowadays demand a significant amount of RAM and internal storage. Internal or on-board storage has replaced the memory cards and cartridges of old game consoles. The first Microsoft Xbox, released in 2001, was the first machine to use on-board storage, with 8GB available, along with an optional memory card of 8MB. Now, game consoles have up to 2TB of internal storage. You can expect top-tier game consoles such as the Microsoft Xbox Series X to come with at least 16 GB of RAM.

Ports and connectivity

USB ports enable you to connect peripherals to the console, such as speakers, headphones, and external hard drives. Not only that, when you have a USB flash drive and HDMI ports on your console, you can easily save your game profile and transfer it to another console. Connectivity is another praiseworthy advantage found in modern game consoles. With Bluetooth connectivity, gamers can connect any Bluetooth device they want – wireless headsets and speakers, wireless controllers, or even keyboards.

Controllers

If you’re like any typical gamer and prefer playing games that involve a lot of movement, you might prefer wireless controllers over wired controllers. With wireless controllers, you don't risk getting tangled in cables. If you opt for wireless controllers, you need to make sure the gaming experience is smooth and without any delays between the moment you provide the input and the moment when it becomes visible on the screen. 

The lag for wireless controllers should be below ten milliseconds for undisrupted gaming. However, there is a significant advantage wired controllers have over wireless controllers: with wired controllers, you don't have to worry about charging the battery of your controller.

Motion-sensitive controllers provide an intuitive sense to gaming by detecting and tracking gamers' movements with the help of accelerometers and gyroscopes. With motion-sensitive controllers, your movements are seamlessly translated into the game. Such controllers are suitable for sports and action games, which were made extremely popular by Nintendo's Wii console.

Entertainment

Game consoles offer a variety of entertainment options in addition to gaming, for example, movie streaming, music streaming, and virtual reality applications. Besides, there is a wide range of accessories you can use for different types of games: racing wheels, joysticks, and even comfy seats. However, not all the machines are equal since each of them is unique in terms of hardware, movie streaming capacity, and exclusive apps.

Compatibility

As brands such as Microsoft and Sony continue to upgrade their consoles and the games that make them so popular, any typical gamer is going to need to understand what backwards compatibility is. With backwards compatibility, you can play games from the previous generation (or several generations) of console. And, currently, few game consoles are backwards compatible. The PS5 is backwards compatible (the PS4 was not), as is the Xbox Series X and previous series of Xbox consoles.

Virtual reality accessories and games

Paired with a VR headset, your game console guarantees an immersive and interactive experience in a 3D environment. PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift S are the rivals in the VR gaming world, both offering advanced technology and a growing number of VR games and apps. EVE Valkyrie, Headmaster, Rez Infinite, Farpoint, Final Fantasy XV are only some of the most famous virtual games. When it comes to the PS5 vs. the new Xbox Series X, the PS5 wins in terms of virtual reality accessories; it supports VR but the Xbox Series X does not.

Game ecosystem

When we talk about the best game consoles, it's the 'games' that ultimately matter the most. When choosing a game console, the choice depends a lot on the games you like to play. The number of exclusive games often becomes the top priority for most of the users. Exclusive games are what defines a console; they are only available on a single platform belonging to the console producer.

Sometimes, a unique title is the principal reason players choose a particular game console. Some of the most popular exclusive games for Xbox One are Forza Motorsport 7, Halo 5, Sea of Thieves, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, and Killer Instinct. The PlayStation platform also offers plenty of exclusive titles, the most popular being Alienation, Amazing Discoveries In Outer Space, Bloodborne, Bound, DriveClub, God Of War, and Until Dawn.

With the popularity of game consoles such as the Xbox Series X, access to subscription services are becoming more important to gamers, too. With a subscription such as the Xbox Game Pass, which has already surpassed 15 million subscribers, you’re able to pay a flat fee for access to hundreds of games. This means that you’re not only immediately able to access popular games, but it ultimately ends up being more cost-effective for heavy gamers.

By Samita Tamrakar
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