Report: PS4 is 50 Percent faster than the Xbox One

Posted Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 10:30 AM PDT by
EDGE Xbox One Versus PS4

As for launch window games, "The poor (graphics) drivers have made it difficult to push either of them."

It seems like for as long as the Xbox 360 and PS3 have been in market, the Xbox One and PS4 have been compared and debated about, each with an entire arsenal of GIFs in their favor. While multiple articles have attempted to compare the spec of each system even before they were finalized, EDGE has taken it to another level.

From EDGE, "PlayStation 4 is currently around 50 per cent faster than its rival Xbox One. Multiple high-level game development sources have described the difference in performance between the consoles as 'significant' and 'obvious.'

"Our contacts have told us that memory reads on PS4 are 40-50 per cent quicker than Xbox One, and its ALU (Arithmetic Logic Unit) is around 50 per cent faster. One basic example we were given suggested that without optimisation for either console, a platform-agnostic development build can run at around 30FPS in 1920×1080 on PS4, but it’ll run at '20-something' FPS in 1600×900 on Xbox One. 'Xbox One is weaker and it’s a pain to use its ESRAM,' concluded one developer.

"Microsoft is aware of the problem and, having recently upped the clock speed of Xbox One, is working hard to close the gap on PS4, though one developer we spoke to downplayed the move. 'The clock speed update is not significant, it does not change things that much,' he said. 'Of course, something is better than nothing.'"

The report, which continues to be punctuated by unnamed sources, goes on to paint a picture wherein not only is the PS4 far superior in raw capability than the Xbox One, but that in order to"enforce parity" across the consoles, the PS4 is likely to be highly underutilized for multiplatform games.

Finally, when it comes to the multiplatform games already scheduled for release from Activision, EA and Ubisoft, this fall, the EDGE article seems to indicate that both versions will be similar and underwhelming due to deadlines and from general unfamiliarity with both consoles.

The report is not likely the last of its kind, and it may not be long until the PS5 versus Xbox Cortana debate can begin.

Source: EDGE Online

Author: Brian Hoss

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