PS4 vs. Xbox One vs. Nintendo Switch – We’re Breaking Down Each Gaming System!
Have a gamer at home? 🎮
Lots of kiddos (and adults!) have gaming consoles on their holiday wish list. We’re breaking down each system to help you decide which one would be best for your family! We’re comparing the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite, Xbox One S, Xbox One X, Playstation 4, and PS4 Pro.
If your kiddo is a Mario fan like me, then the Nintendo Switch is the system for you with their catalog of Nintendo exclusive games including the popular Mario franchise. It is completely portable and can be taken on the go or docked at home to your TV, making it truly versatile. You can even play games online!
The Nintendo Switch is typically priced around $299.99, but you can score some sweet Black Friday deals to get this gaming system at a discount.
Another cool feature of the Switch are the Nintendo LABO Kits that you can add on to your console. Gamers can build their own toy-con creations from the variety kit, robot kit, vehicle kit, or VR kit. Each kit has everything you need to create a fun add on to your system experience.
If you’re looking for a more affordable version, you might want to consider the Nintendo Switch Lite priced around $199.99. This system is an on the go handheld device and does not dock to your home television like the standard Nintendo Switch.
I like to think of the Lite as the Nintendo Gameboy or 3DS for the younger generation. Not all games from the Switch will play on the Switch Lite as this is a single-player system.
- Games available for the Nintendo Switch platform: Minecraft, Rocket League, Fortnite, Overwatch, Pokemon, Luigi’s Mansion, Legend of Zelda series, Mario Kart, Mario Bros, Just Dance, Mario Party, LEGO Harry Potter, Jumanji, Animal Crossing, and many many more!
- Nintendo Switch tech specs: 4GB RAM, console resolution of 1920×1080, portable resolution of 1280×720, 32GB expandable flash storage, 6.3-inch touchscreen, HDMI output, 4.1 Bluetooth, USB-C and headphone port, Custom Nvidia Tegra processor, Wi-Fi connectivity.
- Nintendo Switch Lite tech specs: 4GB RAM, 1280×720 resolution, 32GB expandable flash storage, 5.5-inch Touchscreen LCD, Bluetooth 4.1, USB-C, Custom Nvidia Tegra processor, Wi-Fi connectivity.
The Xbox One S offers upscale 4K gaming at an affordable price. The nice thing about the One S is that you CAN play previous released Xbox and Xbox 360 games which is a huge advantage over the PlayStation which mostly does not. The Xbox One S typically starts at $299, however you can currently find it on sale for Black Friday for as low as $199.
You’ll also be happy to hear that this model features a 4K Blu-ray player and streaming so you can watch all your favorite Netflix shows and 4K Blu-ray movies.
If you don’t mind not having physical video games, you can also opt for the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition that is disc-free and starts around $149. Your games and saves travel with you—just sign in on any Xbox One with your Microsoft Account and you’re ready to go.
The Xbox One X is a powerhouse that offers a heavy-duty processor for faster gaming, Ultra HD Blu-ray player, HDR, and native 4K. It has a whopping 1TB hard drive and has the capability to add on an external drive if you find yourself quickly filling it up. This system is perfect for the hardcore gamer and starts around $499, however, many stores currently have it on sale for as low as $349.99 with Black Friday pricing.
- Games available for the X-box platform: Fortnite, Minecraft, Rocket League, Halo, Titanfall, Horizon, Gears of War, Gears, Metal Gear, Red Dead Redemption, Call of Duty, Overwatch, Fallout, Star Wars Jedi, Final Fantasy, FIFA, NHL, NBA 2K, and many many more!
- Xbox One S tech specs: 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 8-core Jaguar CPU at 1.75GHz processor, HDMI AV output, USB 3.0, 4K UHD Blu Ray, 4K streaming, backward compatible.
- Xbox One X tech specs: 12GB RAM, Native 4K resolution, 4K Game DVR, 1TB HDD, HDMI AV output, USB 3.0, 2.3GHz 8-core AMD CPU processor, 1.172GHx AMD GPU, 4K UHD Blu Ray, streaming, backward compatible.
The PlayStation 4 features a DVD/Blu-ray optical drive so you can play all of your favorite movies without having to buy a separate player. It has pretty cool exclusive games including Spiderman and the popular Uncharted series. It does not offer 4K gaming and tops out with 1080p, so if that’s a must-have feature, you’ll want to consider the PS4 Pro.
This system offers virtual reality games when you purchase the PlayStation VR Headset (sold separately). It typically starts at $299.99 but currently, you can find great Black Friday deals starting at just $199.99.
Unfortunately, both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro don’t really offer backward compatibility for older games, so if you’re upgrading from a PS2 or PS3 you most likely won’t be able to play your old games on either system.
What sets the PlayStation 4 Pro apart from the PS4 is its offering of native and upscaled 4K HDR gaming. Games that work with the regular PS4 will also work with the PlayStation Pro, so if you’re upgrading you can use the same games.
This system does not have an Ultra HD Blu-ray player, but it will play standard DVDs and Blu-rays with 4K streaming capability. If you have your eye on the Pro, now is the time to grab one as it’s heavily discounted for Black Friday and priced as low as $299.99 (regularly $399.99).
- Games available for the PlayStation 4 platform: Fortnite, Minecraft, Rocket League, Overwatch, Unchartered, Titanfall, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Star Wars Jedi, Final Fantasy, Resident Evil, Call of Duty, Fallout, Gran Turismo, NBA 2K, NHL, FIFA, and many many more!
- PlayStation 4 tech specs: 8GB RAM, 500GB or 1TB HD, x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores CPU, 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon based graphics engine GPU, Blu-ray/DVD Drive, HDMI out port.
- PlayStation 4 Pro tech specs: 8GB RAM, 1TB HD, x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores CPU, 4.20 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon based graphics engine GPU, Blu-ray/DVD Drive, USB 3.1 USB, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI out port, 4K streaming.
So which one should you buy?
We have each of the consoles at home (my son is a huge gamer) and in my opinion, the Nintendo Switch is the best and I feel like it’s the most family-friendly of the gaming systems. It’s portable and offers all the major gaming titles that kids love including Fortnite and Minecraft.
If you have a gamer who strictly plays at home, the Xbox One S or PlayStation 4 are suitable consoles both with powerful performance in an approachable price range. These are the most popular models for at-home consoles.
Got a hardcore gamer who downloads tons of games and values the most optimal gaming resolution? The Xbox One X or the PlayStation 4 Pro are the top of the line models for advanced gameplay. They’re higher in price but come with additional hard drive storage and upgraded processors.