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Comparison between Xbox One and PS4

The  Xbox One and PS4 are the two best-known game consoles, having almost identical hardware. Both are claiming to be the leaders of present-generation game consoles.


Xbox One

The Xbox One is a powerful piece of hardware, having 8GB RAM DDR3 and 64-bit processors and many more features to experience. GPU or CPU is the heart of Xbox One which is made up of AMD, a key partner of Microsoft.

To increase the computational potential of the system, the Xbox One is devised to communicate with servers in the cloud. You may be doing things like shifting latency-insensitive things to the cloud. You may have a limited number of transistors in the house but an unlimited number of transistors in the cloud.

PlayStation 4- PS4

The PlayStation 4 (PS4) is a home video game console by Sony Entertainment. Moving from the complex Cell Architecture of its predecessors to an AMD x86-64 Accelerated Processing unit, thinking to be drawing a wide range of developers and support for the system.

It is a cloud-based gaming service, which offers streaming video game content and a wireless remote play feature. The wireless remote play feature helps the users to activate the PlayStation 4 from a distance, playing on a secondary screen.

Similarities & Dissimilarities between Xbox One & PS4

Both Microsoft and Sony have adopted semi-custom AMD APU-a 28nm part clothed by TSMC that is wedded to an 8-core Jaguar CPU, paired with a Radeon 7000-series GPU.

The Xbox One & PS4 is clocked at 1.75GHz  and 1.6GHz respectively. AS both have AMD APU, they are technically very similar but PS4 is a bit larger. In PC language, the Xbox GPU is similar to the Bonaire GPU in the older Radeon HD 7790.

As PS4 has the midrange Pitcairn and can be found in the HD 7870. The Xbox One has 768 shader processors against the 1152 shader processors of its competitor. The Xbox One’s GPU clock speed stands at 853MHz against 800MHz that of PS4. Its higher computing units have a defining advantage for Sony.

10% of its GPU is reserved for Kinect as claimed by Microsoft. Games on Sony’s products will have more graphics power. Both the CPUs are supported by GCN architecture, thus supporting OpenGL 4.3, OpenCL 1.2, and Direct 3D 11.2. As both the consoles are endowed with 8GB RAM, Sony has opted for 5500MHz GDDR5 whereas the other uses more PC-like 2133MHz DDR3 RAM. That gives a massive bandwidth advantage in favor of the former .i.e 176 GB/sec to 68.3 GB/sec

In the games like Battlefield 4, the PS4 outputs at 1600*900 compared to 1280*720 of the latter. That amounts to 50% more powerful GPU. But, both the consoles have the same lighting, textures & smoke, etc with a slight advantage in favor of PS4 because of its consistent 1080p output.


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