The PS4 and Xbox One FAQ: Part One
Our console FAQ is designed to answer those questions you’re too afraid to ask in public, or can’t find the answers to online. We’ve got common queries covered and we’ll be adding to these answers with a part two a little down the line.
16 Sep 2018
#1: What is the difference between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4?
Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation are the two leading games consoles on the market, capable of powering the latest and greatest in video entertainment. Think of a console as a PC-like machine built from the ground up to play games (although it’s also capable of streaming music and playing movies).
The PlayStation 4 launched on 15 November 2013 as the successor to the PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3.
- Approximately 81 million units of the PlayStation 4 have been sold
The Xbox One launched on 22 November 2013 as the successor to the Xbox and the Xbox 360.
- Approximately 40 million units of the Xbox One have been sold
Big franchises like FIFA and Call of Duty are released on both, but Sony and Microsoft also enjoy exclusive partnerships with select game makers. Two popular examples include Naughty Dog and the Uncharted series (PlayStation) and Turn 10’s Forza (Microsoft).
#2: What do the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X do?
All consoles have a lifecycle. Normally, you have to wait for that lifecycle to end before you get a new machine capable of running better games. The Pro and X are not totally new machines per se, but are more powerful spins on the existing tech, designed specifically to let you play PlayStation and Xbox games in 4K. Games that render in 4K display more pixels (or dots) on the screen. The more pixels you have, the more detail there is in the picture.
To power games in 4K, the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X need to be more powerful than the base machines. Our spec sheet below illustrates that and more:
CPU: 1.75GHz AMD Jaguar eight-core/1.75GHZ AMD Jaguar eight-core
Graphics: Integrated AMD graphics with 1.31 teraflops of performance/ Integrated AMD graphics with 1.4 teraflops of performance
RAM: 8GB DDR3/8 GB DDR3
HDR Support? No/Yes
4K: No/gaming upscaled
Storage: 500 GB & 1 TB/ 500 GB & 1 TB & 2 TB
USB: 3 x USB 3.0/3 x USB 3.0
Lowest Price: £229.99
Virtual Reality? No/No
CPU: 1.6GHz 8-core AMD Jaguar/1.6GHz 8-core AMD Jaguar
Graphics: AMD Radeon with 1.84 teraflops of performance/AMD Radeon with 1.84 teraflops of performance
RAM: 8GB GDDR5/8GB GDDR5
HDR Support? Yes/Yes
Storage: 500 GB/500 GB & 1 TB
USB: 2 x USB 3.1/2 x USB 3.1
Lowest Price: £249.99
Virtual Reality? Yes/Yes
Xbox One X
CPU: Eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz
Graphics: Integrated AMD graphics with 6 teraflops of performance
RAM: 12 GB GDDR5
HDR Support? Yes
Storage: 1 TB Hard Drive
USB: 3x USB 3.0
Lowest Price: £449.99
Virtual Reality? No
CPU: 2.1GHz 8-Core AMD Jaguar
Graphics: Integrated AMD Polaris graphics with 4.2 teraflops of performance
RAM: 8GB GDDR5 + 1GB
HDR Support? Yes
Storage: 1 TB Hard Drive
USB: 3 x USB 3.1
Lowest Price: £349.99
Virtual Reality? Yes
#3 What is PlayStation Plus?
Looking to play games online on your PS4? You’ll need to sign up to a PlayStation Plus 3-month subscription, which will set you back £19.99 while a 12 month PlayStation Plus subscription costs £49.99.
The good news is if you don’t want to subscribe, you can still play your favourite games offline (though you won’t be able to team up with your buddies).
#4 What is Xbox Live?
Xbox Live is the subscription service you’ll need to game online with friends and rival players on your Xbox.
A 3-month Xbox Live subscription costs £14.99 and 12 month Xbox Live subscription retails for £39.99.
If you decide not to subscribe, you can still play your favourite games offline.
#5 Which Xbox 360 games work on Xbox One?
Microsoft has made it possible to take games designed for an older generation console and play them on a newer console, even when housed in its original disc or cartridge. This is called backwards compatibility. Take a look at all those old Xbox 360 games that are playable on your new machine in our Xbox One backwards compatibility list.
#6 Which PlayStation 3 games work on the PlayStation 4?
Backwards compatibility is not a working feature on the PlayStation 4. However, there are workarounds. Take a look at our backwards compatibility article for more information.
#7 How do I upgrade my hard drive?
As you’ve no doubt found, the disc space on your console’s internal storage can deplete far too quickly. We’ve put together a handy guide on everything you need to know about upgrading your PS4 and Xbox One hard drives.
#8 How do I update my PS4?
Updates are downloaded and installed automatically when connected to the internet. You don’t need to be a PlayStation Plus subscriber to get these updates.
If your PS4 is not permanently connected to the internet, or if you can’t spare the bandwidth, follow the steps below:
- Head to https://www.playstation.com/en-gb/get-help/ps4-system-software/
- Hit the [Download] button.
- Copy the .PUP file on to a flash drive or external hard drive.
- Insert it into the console.
- Head to Settings > System Software Update > Next > Update
#9 How do I update my Xbox One?
If your Xbox One is connected to the internet, it will download updates automatically.
If it’s not connected to the internet, however, Microsoft’s decision to enforce an always-online security gateway is going to cause you some problems.
The good news is that Microsoft has compiled a guide you can follow to update your Xbox without an internet connection. The bad news is that it’s so convoluted we weren’t even able to distil it into the body of this article! So, we’ll have to cover it in the next one.
Stay tuned for part two, coming soon.