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PS4 vs XBox One: 1 Year Later
Ever since the dawn of man, if you give humanity an option there will be competition. Whether that is choosing what deity you bow to or selecting your favorite brand of booze at the bar, people’s opinions and choices will always create competition. There are few competitors on the market that can create the following of the big name consoles; the passion and dedication of the fans can be seen in rant form on any gaming community website, including this one.
This has been true with consoles ever since Nintendo and Sega; did you prefer bouncing across the heads of mushrooms in the slightly trippy land of the Mario Brothers, or were you a fan of our speedy, blue haired friend on the Sega? Everyone has their own preference and now that the PS4 and the Xbox One have been out for a year, it's time to reevaluate the situation and see for ourselves who is currently winning the race.
So, after the first year, Sony has managed to stay ahead of Xbox in terms of sales numbers. With 13.5 million units sold worldwide in the first year, PS4 is ahead. Xbox hasn't given out sales numbers but apparently 10 million units were shipped so at the most that many sold, but that's never the case.
This holiday season has been good for Xbox though. They dropped the price of the system, took out the Kinect, and bundled it with games to compete with Sony. Sales have been huge for Microsoft after this decision. With both systems showcasing some exclusive games, things are heating up. Looking to the future, Xbox is pushing out plenty of updates while PS4 is promising heavy hitters like The Order: 1886 and Uncharted 4 this coming year.
With PlayStation Now still getting on its feet and Project Morpheus bringing VR to the PS4, it looks like the features are still rolling in. When you break it down though, the Dualshock 4 still continues to be an outstanding controller, PlayStation Plus is still cheaper than Xbox Live and continues to provide immense value in its free game lineup each month, and the exclusives are starting to roll out.
Xbox is putting up a fight, that's for sure. Sunset Overdrive and Titanfall are great games, but PS4 continues to showcase phenomenal exclusives, a great value for their online service, and hardware that is second to none. Xbox One works better as a media hub, but PS4's "Share" button has proved to be the easier and more intuitive method of capturing and sharing game moments, especially with the free editing software "SHAREFactory"
If you're looking for a economical and powerful video game console, PS4 continues to be the top choice. If you're looking for something more media and entertainment oriented, the Xbox is proving to be a great choice in that field. Even after the dust of the first year settles though, it still comes down to what system has the games you want to play.
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PS4 Camera vs XBox One
I know I said I didn’t pay much attention to the technology behind the next generation consoles, but the technology behind the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is so close that even I had to take notice. I’ve compiled a chart that lists all of the information that is confirmed for each system so we can compare the two.
|CPU||8 Core AMD Jaguar Custom CPU 1.75GHZ||8 Core AMD Jaguar X64 (10X PS3 Processing Power) 1.6GHZ|
|GPU||AMD GPU 'Durango' D3D 11.1 chip||AMD Radeon GPU (1080P 60 frames/sec) 4k Ultra HD|
|RAM||8 GB DDR3 68.3gb/second +32 Embedded Static Ram||8 GB Unified GDDR5 - 176gb/second|
|Storage||500 GB Hard Drive (not removable)||500 GB Hard Drive (removable)|
I know what you’re thinking upon looking at this chart; the statistics of both systems look the same. I know I previously guessed that both systems would have quite a difference between them; after all, looking at the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, both systems use extremely different hardware. However, it seems with the next generation, this isn’t the case, as both systems are close in terms of specifications despite Sony relying on AMD and Microsoft relying on their own proprietary hardware.
Looking at the GPU, which is commonly referred to as the graphics card, you’ll notice a slight difference; while the PlayStation 4 is using a Radeon, the Xbox One is using a card capable of Direct3D 11 to align itself with the Windows architecture the system is using. However, both cards feature DirectX 11 support in addition to an increase of VRAM, which is going to blow the current generation of consoles away. I previously didn’t think we’d see a big jump in graphics, but I was definitely wrong.
In terms of CPU, the Xbox One is using feature an 8 core CPU, same as the PlayStation 4. The PlayStation 4’s 8 core CPU is specifically designed to work with the graphics card, much like the Xbox One's graphics card and CPU are designed to work together in the Windows-based environment the system provides. This reminds me of how the PlayStation 3 components were designed to work together and how it produced better PlayStation 3 exclusive games, so color me excited.
As for the rest of the specs, both systems are using the same amount of RAM, though the PS4 has the edge due to it using DDR5. Both systems are using Blu-ray drives, as expected. Both systems also included a 500GB hard drive . The PS4's drive can be removed and replaced, while the Xbox is stuck with what it's got. That being said, it does support external drives while PS4 doesn't, so pros and cons both ways here.
Both systems have been out for over a year now and it's clear that there are some differences between the two in terms of power. For example, a lot of Xbox One games have been launching at a lower resolution than PS4. In most cases Xbox will get something under 1080p resolution while PS4 will come forward with a native 1080p resolution and a top notch frame rate. Even with this information in mind though, the differences on multiplatform games hasn't been anything massive in either direction.
PS4 exclusives still continue to impress gamers though, and showcase the power of the new hardware. Infamous: Second Son is a perfect example of something that stands tall above most other next-gen games thus far. Time will tell though, as it always does. The next generation is just getting started. For now though, PS4 is still firmly in 1st place.
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