It’s fair to say the Xbox One isn’t exactly having things all its own way in the current console war with its arch PS4 rival. Today, though, the Xbox One S has managed to score a significant advantage over the PS4 Pro by adding Ultra HD/4K and high dynamic range (HDR) streaming support from its Amazon Video app. The PS4 Pro’s Amazon Prime app, by comparison, remains stubbornly HD only.
Anyone who’s seen what the four-times-HD resolution of 4K and the extra brightness range and color saturations of HDR can do to picture quality will immediately appreciate the significance of this new Xbox One S update. Being able to watch such shows as The Grand Tour, The Man In The High Castle, Sneaky Pete, Goliath, Mozart In The Jungle and Transparent in 4K HDR is a truly transformative experience – and having already tested the updated Xbox One S Amazon Video app I can confirm that the picture quality it delivers looks drop-dead gorgeous.
Or at least it does if as well as an Xbox One S you happen to have an Amazon Prime subscription, a compatible 4K TV, a fast enough broadband connection (15Mbps minimum) and the Amazon Video app downloaded to your console.
I noted in my recent article comparing the 4K capabilities of the Xbox One S and PS4 Pro that neither console was exactly on top if its game when it came to cutting edge streamed video support, so it’s a relief to see the Xbox One S, at least, now putting Amazon 4K HDR streaming alongside the Netflix 4K HDR support it already enjoyed.
Let’s not forget, either, that the Xbox One S already had one further 4K HDR source that the PS4 Pro will never enjoy: a built-in Ultra HD Blu-ray player…
I’ve approached Amazon to see if a similar update may be incoming for the PS4 Pro’s Amazon Video app, and will update this story if I hear anything concrete.
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Source: xbox one – Google News