There will always be PS4 fans there, XBox fans and sometimes those who love both. Can you guess who we deem superior?
PS4 vs XBox One - Two Reviews - Two Winners Declared:
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PS4 vs XBox One: 1 Year (And Three Months) 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.
The Playing Field Levels Out in 2015
It's been fifteen months since the PS4 and Xbox One released and things are starting to settle into a rhythm of releases for both systems. Each one has some exclusives out in the open, and the gamers are starting to take sides.
It's not all out war anymore, but it very well could be again as we move into this year's E3. Both sides of the war are holding back on their big announcements until the summer when the big reveals for the coming year are announced.
As it stands, the PS4 has sold 18.5 million systems worldwide, and the Xbox One has shipped 10 Million consoles in 2014. These are just basic overall numbers, but it seems Microsoft is catching up to Sony in the race. What's changed?
Bye Kinect, Hello Price Drop!
Rather than admit defeat, Microsoft instead decided to cut into their own flesh and make a few cosmetic changes. Namely, they started selling the Xbox One without Kinect. This is a bad sign for gamers who wanted more support for the peripheral, but a good sign for those who wanted a cheaper Xbox.
These days you can find Xbox One systems for as low as $350.00 which is even lower than our beloved PS4. Is Microsoft getting desperate? Perhaps, but they also have a lot of confidence in their exclusives. Games like Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and Sunset Overdrive have given people more and more reasons to gravitate toward the system.
It's Still (And Always Will Be) About the Games
These respective systems continue to evolve with updates and tweaks, along with new apps like HBO Go, but ultimately these are game consoles and they live and die by their games. Microsoft hasn't seen any major exclusives this year (so far) except for the occasional indie title that gets high praise.
Sony on the other hand finally released The Order: 1886 to shockingly low critic reviews, but mostly positive gamer reviews (like our own for example). While The Order is by far one of the best looking and playing games out there, neither system has seen a release of that "killer app" that makes people run out to buy the system.
With recent news point to Uncharted 4 being released in 2016, what is going to be Sony's killer app this year? Could it be Bloodborne or something we have yet to hear about? Microsoft has Halo in the hopper, but what about a new Gears of War or the Quantum Break exclusive we've heard so much about?
The best way to describe the current state of affairs is to admit that the playing field has been leveled to an extent. We're in between furious bouts of heated debate, but this is only the eye of the storm. The two contenders are in their respective corners, taking a breather before they go at each other's throats again.
As we approach E3 and more news becomes available, you can bet that this article will receive more updates on the ongoing console war. Until then my friends, game on!
PS4 vs XBox
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.
GPU - Graphics Power
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.
CPU - Processing Power
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.
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