As we previously saw in the difference between systems in Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, the PlayStation 4 is clearly the Xbox One's superior in terms of visual prowess. With the rumors that Watch Dogs will be 1080p on the PlayStation 4 and 720p on the Xbox One, it looks like the PS4 will remain on top.
Not if Microsoft has anything to say about it, however.
A recent rumor indicates that Microsoft could increase the graphical capabilities of the Xbox One by diverting additional power to the CPU. Currently, the Xbox One has a portion of its hardware dedicated to things like Kinect and the UI. The rumor states that currently, 10% of the Xbox One's GPU is dedicated to the Kinect: 8% for video and 2% for voice. However, an update will make it so that the 8% dedicated for Kinect's video can be diverted into things like graphics, which Microsoft is hoping will allow the Xbox One's games to be on par with the PlayStation 4.
If the rumor is true and the Xbox One can increase its power to be on par with the PS4, could Sony be in trouble? Right now, one of the PS4's major advantages is that its multiplatform games do look slightly better compared to its rival console. If the PlayStation 4 loses this edge, could it still maintain its lead over the Xbox One?
Graphics aren't everything, but let's be real: they do matter. Gamers who own both an Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are more apt to buy multiplatform games on the PS4 due to the better looks and it may even sway new gamers to the PS4.
In the end though, it's unlikely an 8% increase will be enough for the Xbox One to match the PlayStation 4. Sony's philosophy of making a game console first and a media center second is proving once again to be the right road to take, as evidenced by Microsoft scrambling to play catch up.
What do you think of the news, PS4 Experts readers? Will 8% make a difference? Should Sony be worried? Let us know in the comments!
Article by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 2/2/2014