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Compare Xbox One vs Playstation 4

Which one is better? Xbox or Playstation?

Microsoft and Sony have both announced their next-generation consoles, Xbox One and the Playstation 4. We investigate the differences price, specs, controllers, features and games. It been a long wait but we now have full details for both the PS4 and Xbox One. Now we’ve got information on pricing, specs, pictures, controllers and features, here’s our comparison of the Xbox One and the Playstation 4. For a full hardware comparison chart with the Xbox One and Playstation 4 specifications, click here.

Hardware

Processor

As much as the two warring systems are different, the heart of the Xbox One and the PS4 remain very similar. That’s because they’re both running x86 octa-core CPUs, and these eight-core processors are built by the same chipmaker, AMD. The use of AMD in the Xbox One and PS4 is certainly a switch for both companies.Previously, Microsoft had used an IBM PowerPC processor, while Sony partnered with Toshiba and IBM on its own complicated Cell processor.

While the Xbox One will run a heavily modified eight-core AMD processor, PS4 will utilize a x86-64 “Jaguar” CPU. More about the Xbox One and Playstation 4 processor here.  The difference in core processor power isn’t likely to be that great, though, and that both consoles use x86 architecture will make life much easier for developers – simplifying the porting process.  Read more about the XBox One and Playstation 4 CPU here.

RAM

Playstation 4One of the most impressive things about the PS4 specs has been its use of 8GB GDDR5 RAM. Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One to have 8GB RAM as well, but it’s DDR3 memory variety. That may mean more to game developers in the long run as opposed to gamers themselves right now, but it’s still an interesting choice for the Xbox One. GDDR5 has much higher bandwidth than DDR3, designed for intensive applications such as in graphics cards, while DDR3 is ‘bog standard’ system memory.

If DDR3 was all the Xbox One had, it’d be in serious trouble. But it also has an eSRAM buffer that should help to bridge the 100GB/sec bandwidth gap between the two RAM types. It has a 32MB chunk of eSRAM that will function as a frame buffer.
The question is – will it really mitigate the speed gap between DDR3 and GDDR5? We’ll have to wait to see what the game devs working with the hardware say.

Read more about the Xbox One and Playstation 4 RAM here.

Graphics

Xbox One – Comparable to Radeon HD 7000-series, 8GB DDR3 RAM with 32MB eSRAM
PS4  - Comparable to Radeon HD 7000-series, 8GB GDDR5 RAM

The PS4 and Xbox One both use an APU processor that combines the CPU and GPU into a single unit. And both are made by AMD. AMD logoAt first glance it seems like their GPUs may be identical, but they are not. The PS4 graphics processor is 50 per cent more powerful, with 1152 shader processors against the Xbox One’s 768. Having extra processing power will let the PS4 perform more tasks simultaneously – which should in theory allow for more impressive visual effects.
A more impressive GPU is matched with more impressive-sounding RAM. The PS4 uses GDDR5 RAM, while the Xbox One has more conventional DDR3 memory – and both have 8GB of the stuff.

GDDR5 has much higher bandwidth than DDR3, designed for intensive applications such as in graphics cards, while DDR3 is ‘bog standard’ system memory.
If DDR3 was all the Xbox One had, it’d be in serious trouble. But it also has an eSRAM buffer that should help to bridge the 100GB/sec bandwidth gap between the two RAM types. It has a 32MB chunk of eSRAM that will function as a frame buffer.

The question is – will it really mitigate the speed gap between DDR3 and GDDR5? We’ll have to wait to see what the game devs working with the hardware say. Read more about the Xbox One vs Playstation 4 graphics here.

For a list of all upcoming Xbox One and Playstation 4 Games, click here