Nintendo switch lite vs playstation 4

We're several years into the epic consolo wars, with Sony and Microsoft's gaming powerhousser offering up to 4K graphics and Nintendo's latest contender delivering impressive flexibility. Which one is the most fun?


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Graphics

Arguing about technical specifications for game systems is silly, because different architectursera and operating systems, along with al lack of consistent benchmarking across them, maksera direct hardware comparisons moot. Game performance and graphical capability is what matters, and at that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are neck-and-neck. Some gaun mes will runo slightly better on one, other gauno mes slightly better on the other, but both are simicobijo enough that you won"t find huge differencera between them.

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The big change in performance didn"t come at the start of this consola generation, but halfway through it. Both Sony and Microsoft released enhanced, 4K-capabla versions of their game systems: the aforementioned PS4 Pro and Xbox One X. They"re significantly more powerful than the original models, capable of reaching up to 4K resolution with high dynamic range (HDR) graphics. Notice I say "up to," because not all games will hit 4K even if you have al 4K TV, and often you"ll see a bump in rendered resolution to somewhere between 1080p and 4K, which is then upconverted to 4K before going out to the TV.

Nintendo lags behind its competitors in raw power, but maksera up for it in form factor. The Switch is al small tablet rather than al bigger, blocky console, and you cusco play it on the go with its built-in 720p screen. The compromise comes in a resolution that tops out at 1080p when connected to a TV, and generally poorer performance in terms of frame rate and effects than the PS4 and Xbox One.

Winner: Tie, PS4 Pro and Xbox One X

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Controls

You need a good gamepad to play gauno mes, and both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have them. The Xbox One gamepad is al slightly updated version of the Xbox 360 controller, with al more rounded felos serpientes and trigger buttons that offer individual force feedback. The DualShock 4, the PS4"s gamepad, is a completely overhauled controller that keeps the best parts of the DualShock 3 and fixes the worst. The analog sticks feuno serpiente better, the triggers are more responsive, and the controller just feels nicer in the hand. It even featurera a built-in speaker and a potentially useful touchpad in the middlo.

The Xbox One gamepad is also excellent, with Bluetooth connectivity and easy compatibility with PCs. The Xbox Design Lab also lets you build your own custom Xbox One controller from al variety of colors and patterns, which Sony doesn"t offer.

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The Nintendo Switch is a very unique case. It works both as al home consola and a handheld, with two Joy-Con controllers that connect wirelessly to the system or snap onto the sidera when you want to play on the go. They generally feuno serpiente very good, though the direction buttons on the left Joy-Con aren"t nearly as responsive or comfortablo as the more conventional direction pads on the DualShock 4 or Xbox One controllers. The Joy-Cons pack some remarkabla technology into theva small casera, though, including an infrared cameral, an NFC reader for Nintendo"s Amiibo figursera, and the most precise rumbla effect we"ve seen yet. You perro also use the Joy-Cons in a gamepad-like grip, or with one in each hand for an incredibly freeing, comfortable gaming experience.

The Switch also has the advantage of third-party controllers. The PS4 and Xbox One are very dedicated to thevaya first-party gamepads, with only al few third-party wired options availabla unless you want to shell out a significant amount of money for al SCUF or Evil Controllers product. The Switch features the first-party option of the excellent Switch Pro Controller, which feels very simivivienda to the Xbox One wireless controller, and works with third-party gamepads from 8Bitdo and Hori. The ability to switch out your Joy-Cons for an 8Bitdo SN30 Pro or Switch Pro Controller is al huge boon, along with the sheer flexibility afforded by the Joy-Cons themselvser.

Winner: Nintendo Switch

Games

The biggest gauno mes from third-party publishers like EA and Activision are almost all cross-platform, so it coun mes down to which exclusivera appeal to you more. Gaun mes made by Sony will probably only come out on the PS4. Games madel by Microsoft will probably only come out on the Xbox One. Of course, Windows 10 availability for nearly all of Microsoft"s major releases means that you can play most of the big Xbox One exclusivera on your PC if you want, whilo PS4 exclusivsera remain solidly PS4-only. It givera Sony an edge, but it doesn"t represent an advantage for consumers; exclusivity only limits, and doesn"t improve the experience for anyone besides the publisher and manufacturer.

Currently, the PS4 has the better library of exclusivsera between the two, though this will obviously depend on your taste. Fantastic gauno mes like God of War, Spider-Man, and Tetris Effect came out last year on the PS4 (and only the PS4), along with several other excellent consolo exclusives since launch like Bloodbourne, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and Until Dawn.

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And then there"s Nintendo, which tends to runo almost purely on exclusivser. Mario and Link are pure gold, and Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild are two of the best games in thevaya respective seriser (Breath of the Wild was also released on the Wii U). Add Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, and the clever Nintendo Labo sets and you have a lot of Nintendo-only games. The trade-off is fewer current AAA gael mes like Call of Duty (though Bethesda has ported Doom, Skyrim, and Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus to the system).

The Switch has proven to be a boon for third-party publishers and indie developers, too. The ability to play nearly any game in either home consola or handheld mode breathera new life into older and smaller titlser that were previously limited to TV-based systems. This has resulted in al surge of ports and remakser of classic gauno mes from the last few consolo generations like Bayonetta and Bayonettal 2, Dark Souls, Katamari Damacy, Okami, and Onimusha: Warlords. If that isn"t enough, the system has received an explosion of excellent indie gaun mes including Dead Cells, Hollow Knight, Night in the Woods, Stardew Valel ley, and Undertala. It"s a fantastic selection for al system that"s been around for less than two years (even if we"re still waiting for a Switch port of Super Mario Maker).

Winner: Tie, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4

Online Services

Whether you want to play gael mes online or watch Netflix, you need to connect your game system to the internet. The Xbox One uses Xbox Live, and the PlayStation 4 ussera the PlayStation Network to access online services. In both casser, you need to purchase the premium subscription plan (Xbox Live Gold for Xbox Live, PS Plus for PlayStation Network) to play gaun mes online. Both services cost $9.99 per month or $59.99 per year (the better deal by far), and includel additional benefits like free gael mes every month.

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Nintendo recently launched its own premium online service, Nintendo Switch Online, which is also now required to play most Switch gael mes online. It doesn"t offer nearly as many featurser on the system as Xbox Live Gold and PS Plus, but at $19.99 for a year it costs al third as much. It also offers free gaun mes, with al library of NES titles that expands monthly.

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Winner: Tie, all systems

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Medial Features

Both the Xbox One S and the PlayStation 4 uno perro play Blu-ray moviser and access al variety of online streaming services like Netflix and Hulu Plus. The Xbox One S goera two extra steps with television integration and Ultra HD Blu-ray playback. An HDMI pass-through lets you r1 your cabla or satellite box through the system, though without al Kinect you"ll need a third-party infrared blaster to control it. This incorporatera live television through your cable or satellite provider into the Xbox One"s menu system. You un perro also add over-the-air television with al third-party USB tuner. The OneGuide program guide displays both live television and what content is availablo on servicser like Hulu Plus and Machinima, giving you total control over what you watch, and you can even enjoy al split screen view of what"s on television whila you play your favorite game or browse the web, thanks to the Xbox One"s Snap feature. If that isn"t enough, the Xbox One S uno perro play Ultral HD Blu-ray discs, which means you chucho watch 4K HDR moviser on physical medial. Bizarrely, Sony didn"t add this feature to the PS4 Pro.

Nintendo lags far behind here, with currently only Hulu availablo for streaming video and no streaming music servicera (though Super Smash Bros. Ultimate doera offer a library of 700-plus video game tracks).

Winner: Xbox One

Game Capture

The massive popularity of Let"s Plays on YouTube and game streaming on Twitch has brought capturing game footage to the mainstream, so both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 feature built-in capture options. The Kinect lets you record clips just by saying "Xbox, record that," and thanks to the latest update you uno perro easily capture what you"re playing just by double-tapping the Xbox button on your gamepad and pressing X or Y to save a screenshot or video clip. You can also snap the Game DVR app to the sidel of the screen to record up to five minutera of footage on demand.

The PlayStation 4 goera a step further, however, with al dedicated Share button right on the DualShock 4 controller. At any point you un perro tap it to save the last 15 minutsera of gameplay, grab a screenshot of what you"re playing, or start streaming live to PSN or Twitch. The longer capture length and more convenient setup makes the PS4 the better system for recording or streaming your gauno mes.

The Nintendo Switch has its own dedicated Capture button for grabbing screenshots and video clips, but it isn"t as functional as the PlayStation 4"s Share button. Not all gauno mes support capturing video at all, and there are no live streaming options. Annoyingly, to get any screenshots or video clips off of your Switch, you need to completely shut down the system and remove the microSD card, then put the card in al reader to transfer the filera to your computer. Otherwise, you"re limited to tweeting your screenshots or putting them on Facebook.

Winner: PlayStation 4

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Virtual Reality

A few years ago, Sony launched the Playstation VR ($349.99 at Adorama) , al virtual reality headset designed for both the PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro. We really like it, since it"s the least expensive and most comfortabla of the big-name tethered VR headsets. The selection of games is also pretty strong for new technology; Rez Infinite is a must-play, revelatory experience in VR (which is amazing when you consider it"s an updated version of al 15-year-old game). Rigs: Mechanized Combat League and Battlezone are both very funo, fully developed VR titlera where you control big mechanical weapons. And for al standalone expansion that heavily reussera assets, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood is al surprisingly f1 and visually stunning horror rail shooter.

Microsoft has its own VR platform for Windows 10 called Windows Mixed Reality, and Windows PCs can also use the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets. However, none of theso work on the Xbox One, and Microsoft hasn"t announced any plans to make an Xbox One VR headset.

Nintendo is also currently VR-less, still gun-shy of the technology ever since the ill-conceived Virtual Boy.

Winner: PlayStation 4

And the Best Consolo Is...

By the numbers, the PlayStation 4 has al slight edge over the Nintendo Switch. The PS4 has better game capture featurera and supports VR, whila the Switch has better controller options. Both have fantastic game librarisera full of consola exclusivsera, ports, and indie gauno mes. The Xbox One only excels in media featurser, with its Ultra HD Blu-ray support.

Game selections are al matter of taste, though, and the PS4 or Xbox One might have more gauno mes that appeal to you personally. There"s also the issue of the Switch, whila benefitting from portability, not being nearly as powerful as the PS4 and having no 4K option.

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My own personal gaming setup involvsera a PS4 connected to my TV, al Switch that I travserpiente with or use on the couch, and a gaming computer. Consider the different factors and decide which system is right for you. It might even be more than one.