PlayStation, Xbox Consoles Can Be Your Home Theater Hub

 

Remember when gaming consoles were only for playing video games? Tech has come a long way since then.

The latest devices, the Xbox One S and PlayStation 4 Pro, can also pull double-duty as the centerpiece of your home entertainment center – gaming, streaming and more, all in one device. Pair either console with a 4K Ultra HD TV and you’ll be on the cutting edge of tech (more to come on that).

Translation: Start prepping now for everyone to always be at your place for movie nights.

Here’s a helpful guide on how these two consoles can transform your home theater experience. Fun fact, the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One S will be $249 starting today.

Also, the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One S will be $249 starting today.

 

What to know: PlayStation 4 Pro

In 2000, the PlayStation 2 became the first console to play DVDs, allowing it to serve a dual role as the family’s hub for entertainment. The new Sony PlayStation 4 Pro takes it to a whole other level by offering 4K streaming.

That means your gaming system can finally keep pace with that fancy, new 4K TV you bought at Best Buy on Black Friday. Just connect your PS4 Pro to that 4K TV and you’ll be able to stream movies with four times the resolution of a standard HDTV.

And when you’re gaming, the Pro increases game resolution to approach 4K, too. That’ll make the action in ”Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare” will be more lifelike than any first-person shooter you’ve ever played.

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Finally, here are three words to keep in mind with this new PlayStation: high dynamic range (HDR). The Pro brings this state-of-the-art technology to the table to give you a more realistic picture and more vibrant colors with higher levels of contrast with HDR.

 

What to know: Xbox One S

Been looking forward to playing 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs on your 4K TV? The Xbox One S will make that wish a reality and bring you the full 4K home theater experience – the 4K disc, the 4K player and the 4K TV – without having to invest in a separate disc player.

The system can also stream in 4K, so you can just push a button and watch movies and TV shows in Ultra HD. And it’s providing these visuals in high dynamic range, too.

Oh, and on top of all these additions, the Xbox One S is still 40 percent smaller than the previous model.

 

Note that the highlights pointed out above are upgrades from each of the console’s predecessors. Which are your favorite and why? Tell us by tweeting at @BBYNews.