It’s never been a more exciting time to be a console gamer in South Africa.
Two new consoles, the Xbox One S and the PlayStation 4 Pro, are bringing with them a number of awesome technological improvements and (hopefully) killer new games.
But don’t jump on the bandwagon just yet – in the case of both consoles the technology to support these new features just isn’t there.
Starting with the Xbox One S, while you will be getting a smaller console, larger hard drive, and new controller, the HDR-functionality is practically useless unless you have the TV to back it up.
At the same time, it’s native 4K functionality only applies to videos, meaning your gaming experience wouldn’t improve over a traditional Xbox One console.
Some games on the Xbox One S can be upscaled from 1080p to 4K, which will once again require the purchase of a 4K television and will not deliver the same effect as native 4K gaming.
Considering Project Scorpio will also be launching in just over a year, it becomes a no-brainer to hold off on buying an Xbox One S unless you absolutely need to.
The same goes for the upcoming PlayStation Pro which will (hopefully) launch in South Africa before the end of the year.
Not only will PS VR be perfectly compatible with your current PS4, only certain games will be getting the up-scaled 4K treatment.
At the end of the day, we’re not saying “don’t buy the new consoles”, just that it may be a smarter idea to hold off on upgrading your PS4 or Xbox One until these new features are fully fleshed out.
Update: Added a paragraph to explain that the Xbox One S can upscale games to 4K.