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Choosing Between the Xbox One and Playstation 4

The console war continues to heat up between the Playstation 4 and Xbox One. This is now eighth generation of the console war. Game shops are gearing up as millions of avid gamers descend on their stores to buy their new consoles. But the two main players, the Playstation 4 and Xbox One, are matching each other blow for blow.

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Here are the main aspects of each console. See who you think is winning the console war right now.

AMD CPU

For the first time, both systems have settled on the heart of their consoles. This is the x86 octa-core CPU with eight core processors. They’ve even used the same maker, AMD. It’s a change for both companies.

Microsoft previously used the IMB PowerPC processor and Sony utilised Toshiba and IBM to create a complicated processor exclusively for them.

Graphic Design

Both console makers have also enlisted the help of AMD to design their graphics processors. This is undoubtedly a way for both companies to entice more people into game stores and away from the oncoming smartphone market.

The Xbox One uses a system-on-chip design with GPU and CPU, along with Direct 11.1 support. It also uses a single 40-nanometre chip.

The PS4 differs only slightly as it uses an AMD CPU combined with the chip maker’s GPU. It also uses a partially customised AMID Radeon chip which is powered by the 1.8 TFLOPS.

In English, when you go to the video game store to pick a console, you can expect similar levels of quality in the final result.

Sony Speed

Sony has one major advantage over Microsoft and the Xbox One. It’s decided to use an 8GB GDDR5 RAM system. This contrasts to Microsoft’s DDR 8GB RAM system.  It’s not as big as you think. The advantage is only small. What it will mean is Sony will have a slight advantage in the speed of the machine.

For gamers, the difference will be marginal. It’s not something to shun one console over, but it’s something to bear in mind.

Controllers

The one thing which remains constant is the controllers. Xbox and Playstation have stuck with the same style of controllers for their next generation consoles.

There are some slight differences. The DualShock 4 controller is slightly bigger as it utilises a touchpad at the front and centre of the controller. It’s continued to stick to its frontal dual analogue sticks. To make gripping easier, there’s now a central divot.

The Xbox One controller has also seen some slight modifications; although Microsoft has technically made 40 design changes. Most of these only change the ergonomics ever so slightly. It has made a major change by tweaking the D-Pad on the bottom of the pad.

You won’t see any real changes to the controllers in the game shops and at E3 this year.

Kinect and PS4 Eye

Traditional gamers didn’t care about Kinetic or the advantages of touchscreen. And they probably won’t when they trot along to the store this time. Nonetheless, both corporations have made attempts at using motion-sensing devices to cater to the more casual gamer.

The Xbox One Kinect is supposedly an advanced camera controlled by humans. It processes 2GB of data every second and analyses everything from the rotation of the wrist and shoulder to your current heart rate.

We know very little about the PS4 Eye. Sony did claim it would use two 1280x800px cameras. There’s also a multi-coloured lighting bar on the DualShock 4 controller. This would indicate the controller will play a part in controlling it.

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Lisa Melia is an avid fan of old school video games and currently enjoys a dream job as the blog manager for Sweet Buzzards, an online video game store.

14 Comments

  1. On paper the PS4 definitely looks like the more capable console. At the end of the day I think the decision will come down to the previous-generation console the gamer was playing. I don’t think there will be a whole lot of moving across the isle. I expect 360 gamers to grab the One, ad PS3 gamers to pick up the PS4.

  2. I definitely think PS4 is going to topple Xbox. Read alot of complaints and dis-satisfaction from users when it comes to Xbox. Either it is on price or support, Microsoft has definitely not been upto the mark. PS4 all the way!

  3. I absolutely vote for the xbox, and the only reason for my decision is the Kinect sensor. I mean, I’m not a desperate gamer and won’t spend too much time with the joysticks, but I am an open-hardware enthusiast and Kinect is such a great sensor for processing 3D data in a small space like a room. I’ve already used Kinect for some interactive architectural installations, but there are so many possibilities of the appliances, using open-source softwares and programming languages like processing.org or grasshopper3d…

  4. The decision is not that easy in this case – yes, many gamers do like kinnect, but hte question is where’s a guarantee that the policy Microsoft was eager to intoruce will go away forever. Or will htey just wait for mor their gaming consoles to be bought and then will start to enforce the rules again?

  5. Wow ! Xbox one can process 2 GB data every second …that’s simply unbelievable .Both these gaming consoles have almost the same hardware ..the two points they differentiate from each other is the RAM and the Sensors ..Due to the XBox one’s sensor …I think its better than play station 4.

    Regards,
    Pramod

  6. Fascinating! Very informative and it’s differences had been pointed out. Many gamers would really take their time reading this one. Great work! Thank you for posting this up.

  7. For most, the decision is going to come down to the previous generation console they had. The Xbox and PlayStation lines have pretty strong followings, and there isn’t much love across the isle so-to-speak.

    On paper, the specs of the PS4 certainly seem to out-perform the Xbox One. That being said, it’s up to the developers to take advantage of these specs and fully harness their capabilities. With most devs creating cross-platform games, the difference will be negligible in my opinion.

    Great comparison! Thanks for the read.

  8. I still hesitate in deciding which one is the best between the Xbox and the PS4. Both are good, high-tech and have exceptional graphics performance, but because I have PS1 and 2, then I will pick PS4.

  9. I like Kinect, but Xbox One terribly restrict it’s usage and other stuff.
    And on top of that, Sony played really well with that video about sharing games on Sony PlayStation 4. Argh, why can’t we get everything in one (not that ‘One’ specifically though)?

  10. I recently purchased Sony PS4 for my daughter and now I am also getting addicted to that. Its an awesome product. I have not under XBox yet so cannot comment about that.

  11. I’m getting a Wii U. Much cheaper, much more innovative, much more fun! The Xbox and Sony tend to be for Gaming Hipsters – casual gamers. Nothing wrong with that, but Nintendo have been delvivering genius for 30 years now. I’m not missing out on that.

  12. I would buy a PS4. it is cheaper and it has games that I want to play, simple as that. Also I dont want to have to pay for xbox live just to watch netflix.

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