PS4 Slim or Xbox One S: The One Question Casual Gamers Should Ask

Mihir Patkar 19-05-2017

The new generation of video game consoles is more affordable than ever before. Both the Sony PlayStation 4 Slim and the Microsoft Xbox One S cost around $250, both packaged with one game each. Which one should you go for?


For comparison, we are looking at the two console packages available on Amazon. Your first choice is the Xbox One S 500 GB The other choice is the PS4 Slim 1 TB.

Microsoft Xbox One S 500GB Console - Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands Gold Edition bundle Microsoft Xbox One S 500GB Console - Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands Gold Edition bundle Buy Now On Amazon $289.99 PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB Console PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB Console Buy Now On Amazon $339.65

Before you make your decision, know one thing. You don’t need a console with a larger hard drive. Both the PS4 Slim and the Xbox One S support external drives through their USB ports. We’ve shown how you can replace the internal hard drive of a PS4 How To Upgrade Your PS4's Hard Drive The PS4 makes it easy to add more storage space. Let's look at what drives you can choose between and how the process works. Read More and the best external drives for PS4 The 6 Best External Hard Drives for the PS4 Here are the best external hard drives for the PS4, plus tips on how to use the external storage with your PS4 system. Read More .

So should you buy the PS4 Slim or the Xbox One S? Let’s compare them.

Games and Exclusive Titles

Winner: PS4 Slim


Most gamers and reviewers agree that Sony has the better catalog of games among the new consoles. The PS4 has almost twice the number of exclusives in 2017. Forbes reckons the PS4 is far ahead of the One S now, and Microsoft will find catching up difficult.

This matters more for casual gamers. You don’t want to miss a great game, but you might end up doing that because it’s an exclusive. If you think of yourself as a casual gamer, the game catalog should be the most important part of the decision.

Unless you are a die-hard fan of Gears of War and Halo, you won’t be missing the Xbox One S. And with Microsoft trying to get their Xbox One S games to Windows 10, a good gaming PC might let you play those too.

  • Notable PS4 Slim ExclusivesUncharted 4, The Last Guardian, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Bloodborne (and upcoming releases God Of War 4 and The Last Of Us 2).
  • Notable Xbox One S ExclusivesGears of War 4, Halo 5, ReCore, Forza Motorsport.

The one aspect where Xbox One S is a step ahead of the PS4 Slim is with HDR gaming. You will need an HDR TV for gaming Should You Buy an HDR 4K TV for Gaming? With console compatibility with 4K & HDR becoming more common, should you buy an HDR 4K television for gaming yet? Here's an overview of how HDR 4K TVs currently work with gaming. Read More , of course. And the feature is available only on a few titles. It’s why we don’t consider it an essential item for casual gamers, but hardcore gamers might want to reassess this aspect.


Entertainment and Media

Winner: Xbox One S

For a long time now, video game consoles have sought to become your entertainment hub too. It connects to your TV, after all. So why won’t you want to use it as a media player too?

For media, the Xbox One S reigns supreme because it supports 4K and HDR Blu-ray movies Everything You Need to Know About Ultra HD Blu-Ray Ultra HD Blu-ray is one of the hot topics in home entertainment for 2016. Curious? Here's everything you need to know about it to decide if it's worth getting excited over. Read More . In comparison, the PS4 Slim only supports  Full HD Blu-ray movies. Similarly, the Xbox One S streams 4K videos through Netflix or Amazon, while the PS4 Slim only supports Full HD streaming. Naturally, these features matter only if you have a 4K TV with HDR support.

The Xbox One S also works with your cable TV box, freeing up one HDMI port and letting you easily switch between gaming and TV. Note that this feature does not work flawlessly in all countries, but it’s perfect in America.


The only saving grace for the PS4 Slim is Spotify support, to play songs in the background while you play games. It’s not a terribly useful feature though.

If you don’t care about 4K or HDR videos, then the PS4 Slim is just as good as the Xbox One S. But if you have a 4K TV, then the Xbox One S is far better for entertainment.

VR Gaming

Winner: PS4 Slim

The next step in video games is virtual reality gaming or VR gaming. Right now, only the PlayStation 4 Slim supports it with the PlayStation VR headset. That’s not included in the bundle though and costs an extra $400/£328.


Sony PlayStation VR Sony PlayStation VR Buy Now On Amazon $209.95

The Xbox One S has no VR gaming, with attachments like the HoloLens still a long way off. Microsoft is expected to launch VR gaming with the upcoming Xbox Project Scorpio console at the end of 2017.

It’s a clear winner here. If you’re buying a console now, the PlayStation VR headset might be the perfect holiday gift for yourself later this year.

Online Services

Winner: Xbox One S

Both the Xbox and the PS4 have excellent online multiplayer servers. The memberships for Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus (Xbox Live vs PlayStation Plus Xbox Live vs. PlayStation Plus: What Do You Get With Each? If you're got a PS4 or Xbox One, you've probably thought about subscribing to PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold. Let's see what they offer gamers for the price. Read More ) cost the same ($60 per year). Both services offer two free games per month as well. It also includes free backups of your game saves to the cloud.

So what makes the Xbox One S the winner here? The exclusive EA Access. Electronic Arts, one of the world’s biggest game developers, offers its online subscription service exclusively on the Xbox One S. For $5 per month, you can play a large collection of older EA games like FIFA, Madden, Dragon Age, Mirror’s Edge, Dead Space, Need for Speed, and more.

For casual gamers, access to this catalog of old games you missed is a tremendous addition. For hardcore gamers, it is probably not a big deal.

The Big Question: What Do Your Friends Have?

There is no clear winner in the PS4 Slim vs. Xbox One S battle. Each has its own advantages, even in cases where the other wins. So how do you decide? By answering one simple question: What do your friends have?

Games are always more fun when you play them with someone else. If most of your friends are playing Xbox games online, get an Xbox One S and join them. You can also gameshare with the Xbox One How to Gameshare on Xbox One Here's how to gameshare on Xbox One so that you can trade game libraries with friends, plus some tips for staying safe. Read More . If they have PS4s, go get yourself a PS4 Slim. Do keep in mind that with Sony finally caving in and offering cross-play on PlayStation 4, there may be some great cross-play games you’ll be able to play with friends whether they own an Xbox or a PS4.

ps4 slim vs xbox one s

Even if you don’t see yourself gaming online, get the console your friends have. Why? Because you can borrow games! As a casual gamer, the cost of buying games seems crazy. New AAA titles cost upwards of $50 at launch. Seriously, five games will be the cost of the console you just bought.

If you don’t care about getting a game on the first day and are happy to wait, then get the console that your friends have and share your games library. This is especially perfect for casual gamers who don’t have oodles of free time for gaming.

And in case you were thinking of going for a gaming PC, know that the PS4 and Xbox One are cheaper for gamers in 2017. In the end, you might even choose a retro console The 7 Best Retro Gaming Consoles You Can Buy This Year Looking for a retro gaming system to enjoy 8-bit and 16-bit video games? These retro gaming consoles have everything you need. Read More .

Tell Us What You Bought and Why

All right, it’s time for the main event. In one corner is a platoon of PS4 fans, while the Xbox loyalists are ready to duke it out in the other. Which of the two consoles did you buy, and why?

Taking all of the above things into consideration, I bought myself a PS4 Slim with Uncharted 4. Did I make the right decision or not?

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  1. Judith
    September 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    I got the ps4 slim because it has greater storage when you first buy it and I'm not really one who gets the console and later upgrades the hard disk, so yeah. Also I feel more comfortable using the ps4 gamepad, but that's me. I just prefer the arrangement of the L3 and R3 sticks on the dualshock 4 to the Xbox controller. Though I play xbox with my friends who have it, I'm not personally thinking of getting one. Not to mention the ps4 Slim's design is sleeker and more environment friendly than the Xbox one s

  2. Sam Free
    June 1, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    I bought the ps4 slim because it has a better processor. Even though all my friends have Xbox One S I chose PlayStation because it has a better range of games and also I love the uncharted series and I really wanted to finish them. Personally I think the ps4 slim is the better console for all round performance but if your looking for a nice design and structure the choose the xbox. ;)

  3. Pablo
    April 14, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    Idk i have a xbox right now its refurbished but new, and nice and smooth, but my friends have ps4 and i really want to play with them but idk if its a right fit for me and im either deciding to return my xbox at gamestop for ps4 slim or do i keep my xbox because i really want to play fortnite with them but i need someone to tell me the good and nice features of ps4 so i can decide, and im more of a game person to play online.

  4. Matt
    February 16, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    I finally made my purchase of the ps4 slim with starwars battlefront 2.

    The game is so realistic and awesome to play with friends .

    Hope i made the right decision.

    • Pablo
      April 14, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      I have an xbox and i want to switch to ps4 shoould i get the ps4 to play friends or is it not worth it.

      • Matt
        April 15, 2018 at 1:11 pm


        I think you should as there are slot of local multiplayer games out there for the PS4 and even if your not with your friends, you can still play with them using something called Shareplay.