PS4 and Xbox One specs 'almost identical': Resident Evil creator

Resident Evil series creator Shinji Mikami says Xbox One and PS4 specifications are nearly identical.

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Creator of Resident Evil Shinji Mikami has stated that there is "no real difference" between the specifications of next-generation consoles.

Reported on The Sixth Axis, Mikami revealed his thoughts in an interview with Edge magazine.

"We only need one console," the Resident Evil creator said.

"Why do I have to make two versions of a game? And when Xbox One was first announced, it had lower specs than PS4, but now they're almost identical. So either will do."

Shinji Mikami currently serves as the director for The Evil Within, an upcoming horror game being developed for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and next-generation consoles. The game will use id Software's latest graphics engine, id Tech 5.

The plot for The Evil Within centres on the exploits of a detective named Sebastian, who encounters strange occurrences during a mass murder investigation. According to Mikami, the game will return to classic survival horror game roots set by titles like Alone in the Dark and the first Resident Evil.

The Evil Within is scheduled for release next year.

Discussion

227 comments
jgoffers
jgoffers

We will have to wait until more exclusive content arrive for each console. Is in those game where developers can use full potential of each console, there's not gonna be a huge difference for now on cross-platform games like Battlefield 4. Sure devs probably are going to feel the difference between the RAM on each console. But how that is going to affect the gamers? We have to wait. For now is console war, we have to wait after Christmas to see who's the winner. You can check a full article about specs and graphics here: http://jgoffers.net/console-wars-xbox-one-ps4-full-specs/

vsprates
vsprates

If ps4 and xbox one have the same specs so that isn't configurate an illegal and wrongful cartel? Why we can't run our ps3 games at ps4 console?

tom2750
tom2750

yeh right that's why a ghost games executive has even said one next gen version of the new need for speed game will be better then the other version Sony even said there versions of games are superior to the Xbox one versions and that if people don't believe them then they can go and compare the 2 versions (when they come out) and see for them selves they even encouraged people to ask developers which next gen console has the better version of there game they wouldn't do this unless they already know the ps4 has superior versions of multi plat games and even just reading about the specs its obvious the ps4 is a lot more powerful only people that dis agree are Xbots and people that will own both consoles because they don't want to admit they own an inferior console

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I read the title of this article and thought 'oh, somebody's actually saying something marginally positive about the console war. That they're technically on equal footing.'

But no! He's actually having a whinge about it! This is the same thing you've been doing for years now. Surely if they're so similar then it should be even less of a deal than before.

I used to think you were cool, Mikami.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

I can't wait to actually see the consoles in action so we can see for ourselves, instead of crap like this!

chrisnacca
chrisnacca

"We only need one console," the Resident Evil creator said.   ... sorry but thats dumb.. everyone else is using both consoles ..  everyone else MUST be wrong huh ..  thats probably the reason the last resident evil games sucked ass

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

It wouldn't matter if the CEO's for both Sony and Microsoft came out and said they were identical.. Heck, it wouldn't even matter if they were ACTUALLY identical... Fanboys will still find a reason as to why theirs is better

jd7904
jd7904

I'm really interested to see what both do with this architecture that they are using. The CPU is extremely weak but the GPU seems pretty decent. It all boils down to how they take advantage of gpgpu processing and this new Huma technology that AMD has. If it works as well as they say it will also affect PC gaming as well. the huma should help with bandwidth issues and speed up calls between gpu and cpu. If it works as well as they are saying you may see inexpensive PCs that can play some pretty high end games. Plus it should be so easy to port games to PC that there will be no reason not to.

raddys2001
raddys2001

I agree with Shinji especially since most of the same games come out for the console.  I think this will be the last group of console to come out mostly because development cost keep going up and cheaper ways of making games online.  Don't be surprised if in ten or so years you might see a shift going closer to online games which is cheaper to do then doing a console game.  I wouldn't even be surprised if Sony or Microsoft come out with some sort of gaming tablet instead of an actual console but we will have to wait and see.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Only fanboys see any real difference.

I'm buying both, you know, so I can play the GAMES.

RicanV
RicanV moderator

Is he still with Capcom? If so Capcom just found a way to stay in business.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

No shit. Finally someone respectable in the industry says the truth.

SphinxDemon
SphinxDemon

I don't play games often, but when i do i prefer them on PC

sieg6529
sieg6529

They're both weaker than my 2 year old PC, I know that.  Filthy unwashed console peasants.  

ray1man2hot
ray1man2hot

ps4 gaming offline > xbox gaming offline

ps4 gaming online < xbox gaming online

ps4 gamer social = xbox gamer social

ps4 exclusives = xbox exclusives

ps4 controller < xbox controller

ps4 eye < xbox kinect

ps4 cloud < xbox cloud

ps4 third party = xbox third party (this depends on what type of games u like to play)

ps4 gaming focus > xbox gaming focus

ps4 entertainment focus < xbox entertainment focus

ps4 OS = xbox OS (this depends onn how u like to use ur console)

this is subjected to change once the consoles are up and running after the first year so it looks to be an awesome 10 years ahead of us.

justerthought
justerthought

This tells us nothing we did not already know just by looking at the specs. Yes the next gen consoles are very similar, but the difference although small is in a very potent area which makes one console far more powerful than the small difference suggests. It is the result of good cost effective solutions and efficient design.

You know which console I'm referring to because it's easy to spot unless you have your head in the sand due to misguided loyalty.

Algearond
Algearond

@tom2750 My brain hurts trying to decipher what you attempted to write.

ritsukoblue
ritsukoblue

@tom2750 WOW!!! Even Sony said their versions of games are superior to the Xbox One versions?! I wonder why?! -__- Sony fanboy!

kingliono
kingliono

@PlatinumPaladin I believe Sony is still using their custom SDK and not the standard Windows Kernal SDK which is the basis for Xbox and Windows PC. So there is some significant difference right there.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@BelaidKL Yeah, just look at one of those comparison videos on youtube. Even when there is literally no difference between the two people are going mental in the comments at how much better their preferred console is.

Even on the COD ones comparing console to PC where the two are like copies of each other there are people from both sides shouting praise for their platform.

Mutiplatform games are and always will be identical. Exclusives will vary naturally but there is no basis for comparison in that case so it is irrelevant. 

tom2750
tom2750

@PixelAddict only fanboys? yeh right that's why a ghost games executive has even said one next gen version of the new need for speed game will be better then the other version yep only fanboys say that I mean a guy making games didn't admit one version will be better then the other or anything and Sony even said there versions of games are superior to the Xbox one versions and that if people don't believe them then they can go and compare the 2 versions (when they come out) and see for them selves they even encouraged people to ask developers which next gen console has the better version of there game they wouldn't do this unless they already know the ps4 has superior versions of multi plat games

DrizztDark
DrizztDark

Same here man, cause we're true gamers... These fuckin fanboy types are so narrow minded its pathetic

raddys2001
raddys2001

@RicanV 

I think he was also in charge of what can only be one of the best studios in Capcom Clover and got pissed and started his own studio.  

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@RicanV No he left Capcom after they ported RE4 to PS2 when he was strongly against it. After that Jun Takeuchi took over RE.

tom2750
tom2750

@Grenadeh yeh right that's why a ghost games executive has even said one next gen version of the new need for speed game will be better then the other version yep only fanboys say that I mean a guy making games didn't admit one version will be better then the other or anything and Sony even said there versions of games are superior to the Xbox one versions and that if people don't believe them then they can go and compare the 2 versions (when they come out) and see for them selves they even encouraged people to ask developers which next gen console has the better version of there game they wouldn't do this unless they already know the ps4 has superior versions of multi plat games you clearly are a fan boy

tom2750
tom2750

@sieg6529 yet the ps4 still may out perform your PC even if the ps4 has weaker specks on paper then your PC that doesn't mean weaker real world performance console games are extremely optimized meaning they can get a lot more performance with weaker hardware then a PC can meaning the ps4 may have weaker specs then your PC yet games may run better or as good on it then your PC heck gaming websites that have played both the PC and ps4 version of need for speed rivals even have said not only is the ps4 version not equal to the PC version in graphics but that the ps4 version is actually better graphically then the PC version

justerthought
justerthought

lol we expected a visit from the master race, who bolster their insecurity by asserting dominance in hardware spec. I hope you enjoy your games as much as you enjoy talking about your system.

But that 2 year old PC may not play some of the games in future unless you do some costly upgrades, whereas we will just pop it in and start playing. We are true gamers not nerdy IT geeks.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@ray1man2hot This is a surprisingly humble comment though I'd honestly say, and I loathe PlayStation and Sony, PS exclusives mostly > xbox exclusives, and PS gaming = Xbox gaming offline.

justerthought
justerthought

@ray1man2hot

Some of your comparisons are biased because they are based on personal preference.

(ps4 exclusives = xbox exclusives) Wrong. MS do not have any 1st party studios that turn out a huge quantity of genuine exclusives like Sony. MS turn out a limited number of timed exclusives with very few total exclusives.

(ps4 cloud < xbox cloud) Wrong. They are about the same because they are using their cloud network for different purposes. MS are using theirs to bolster weak console hardware. Sony are using theirs to distribute their vast back catalogue of games.

(ps4 controller < xbox controller) Wrong. They are equal because it is a matter of taste and what you're used to. I personally prefer the Dualshock because I am a normal human with symmetrical thumbs.

(ps4 third party = xbox third party) Wrong. I think you will find PS4 gets the better ports this time around. The PS3 flaws are cured, making it easy to code, while XB1 has ESRAM and cloud processing which are difficult to code. Devs are claiming they code multiplat games with a scaleable game engine that is roughly compatible with each platform, then use the dev kit SDK's to perform optimisation tweeks. Major code re-writes for any one console cannot be justified financially, so exotic features that are hard to use get ignored, such as using CELL for GPU functions, or using ESRAM and cloud processing to boost performance.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@tom2750  Wow... so let me get this straight... SONY executives said their (it's spelled THEIR not THERE by the way) system was superior.

Dude, it will be so close it won't even matter.  Just like this gen.  Because even though my PS3 is technically superior to my X360, at the end of the day the ONLY difference I have ever noticed is in the sound.  PS3's bluray meant for much richer surround sound.

Otherwise?  Multi-plat?  Identical.  First-party?  I'd given an edge to PS3 due to how amazing Uncharted(s) looked, but Halo 4 looked incredible, too.

Get over yourself.  And try punctuation.  It's your friend.

sieg6529
sieg6529

@tom2750 as if I can't buy a new graphics card, ram, or processor any time and widen the gap further between my godmachine and your adorable little consoles.   Also, TEXTURE PACKS, peasant.

b00me
b00me

@justerthought The PS4 cloud and X1 cloud are not even close to the same.

First off there is no PS4 cloud at launch, and there will be a longer wait for it in Europe. Sony bought Gaikai for around $400 million. MS has invested over $10 billion dollars into their cloud platform and have data centers all over the world. They are not about the same and aren't even close, and saying other wise is an outright lie or you don't know what you are talking about.

Secondly, MS is using their cloud for dedicated servers for all MP games on X1, and any developer can use them free of charge. They are not using it to bolster weak hardware, you can offload non latency sensitive calculations to those servers, stuff like lighting, weather, AI, etc., which leaves more in console resources for the latency sensitive stuff like physics, etc. Only a few games at launch are using the cloud, but over time more and more developers will start doing it and I doubt MS will make it as labor intensive or as difficult for developers as you are suggesting. Why would MS do that when they are the ones who created DirectX? Which is what most PC games are created using.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@justerthought Keyword quantity. Uncharted 1 through 3 are all the same contrite bad game. So are god of war one through six. And TLOU. And killzone 1 through 3 and resistance one through 3.

shagginshea
shagginshea

@SphinxDemon

The PS4 has 1156 shader modules spread across 18 compute units while the X1 only has 768 shaders across 12 CU's (this will become a significant advantage down the road when games become more shader reliant and optimization gets better)

The PS4 has gDDR5 RAM while the X1 only has DDR3 (This creates a large bandwidth increase, almost 3x, which helps with high resolutions and textures, although the X1 does have 32mb of esRAM, it's not enough to close the gap in the bandwidth difference between the two, not even by half, and esRAM will create difficulties for developers)

       This means that the PS4 may be an ample 1080p gaming machine

       IMO those are the two most significant differences in hardware

GPU compute power:

-X1: 1.31 TeraFLOPS

-PS4: 1.84 TeraFLOPS

       Now, the power difference between the two will be based on relative opinion, and in my opinion, that's a large difference, roughly 40%. 

Source: http://www.ign.com/wikis/xbox-one/PS4_vs._Xbox_One_vs._Wii_U_Comparison_Chart

rahl247
rahl247

@PixelAddict 

problem is if the game is multi platform there usually no graphical differences but in exclusives they tend to look better since the devs can tweak it for that said platform and usually thats the only platform they work on anyways.

as for what system is better ps4 has a slight edge but xbox 1 is not far behind it 

sieg6529
sieg6529

@rahl247 no, they look and play like vomit on consoles.  I bought a PS3 back in 2007 for the exclusives, and it was decent, but I converted to the PC for Skyrim and haven't looked back.  

rahl247
rahl247

@sieg6529 @tom2750 

buying all that helps at times but if the devs do not account for those items then the game does not play well. but a console game will never look better then pc. performance sure but never looks

rahl247
rahl247

@b00me @justerthought 

dude u need to read on what your talking about because you only told a part of it. 

1 MS cloud is called azure and of that they are only usen a small part of them for xbox1 servers. so glorify it all you want. thats the problem with MS they over hype something to make it sound the god of all things but when people find out the truth its a total let down

2 to even be able utilize the cloud for performance u need to have great internet connection. not everyone specially in the states have the best internet connection. so if companies use the cloud to get better performance utilizing the cloud they just eliminated 1/2 of their client base.

tom2750
tom2750

@b00me @justerthought you are a moron Microsoft created azure meaning they owned it from the start gakai existed before Sony bought it meaning a lot more money could was spent on it then 400 million that 400 million was only what Sony used to purchase the company it has nothing to do with how much was better making and improving the actual cloud also what Sony is doing is a lot better wow youse are using the cloud to offload a few small feature for a game news flash the ps4 will still outperform the Xbox one without even needing a cloud at all but yet they are still using a cloud to give us heaps of previous gen games and actually Sony signed a partnership with a different cloud company that is not gakai as they own gakai a few months ago and they are rated higher then Microsoft's azure cloud and I think they are using this cloud for the same things Microsoft is using there cloud so the ps4 will get all the cloud features the Xbox one has plus more as we also have gakai for previous gen games btw this new cloud company Sony has signed deals with was rated number 1 on the top ten clouds in the world Microsoft's azure cloud came in at number 7 haha once again Sony is superior

tom2750
tom2750

@Grenadeh @justerthought fuck off fan boy have a cry because the ps3 has better games then the 360 you call uncharted bad yet all of them got very high rating in fact uncharted 2 is one of the highest meta critic rated games of all time and it won over 200 game of the year awards and the last of us is one of the highest rated games and will win heaps of game of the year awards and kill zone and resistance games are all highly rated except the first kill zone and also all god of war games are highly rated go have a cry that your console has an inferior exclusive line up then mine

shagginshea
shagginshea

@rahl247 @Grenadeh @shagginshea @SphinxDemon 

You're right, it does out perform DDR3, but in regards to the CPU, it may present an issue because of the lower latencies. 

Honestly though, CPU is a very small part of gaming now days (even with PCs), the GPU is what gets strained the most, and with gDDR5 that extra bandwidth increase (because of the tighter timings) will allow the GPU and it's extra shader modules to take a leap over the Xbox One. This will become especially apparent later when developers are actually able to jump around the API (theoretically) and optimize with terrific results. 

I'm not sure what you're trying to say in the second part of your comment. 

I have to admit though, I am a fan of Xbox's cloud capabilities, regardless of its hardware.. 


rahl247
rahl247

@Grenadeh @shagginshea @SphinxDemon 

i may know the technical difference but i do know gddr5 out performs ddr3 ram all day long. it took 3 years for companies to utilize dual core cpus when they came out. gddr5 is fairly new so in the long run that will help the ps4. all that said will it mean anythen when these companies send out the ps5 or xbox2 we will have to w8 and see

shagginshea
shagginshea

@Grenadeh @shagginshea @SphinxDemon 

Regardless whether or not I do, what I just stated above and how you responded does not change anything. 

Understanding you're a fanboy loyal to Microsoft (judging from your comments on this page), undermining my credibility isn't going to make the Xbox any better. You better start stating facts if you want actual followers and believers. 

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@shagginshea @SphinxDemon Please stop googling hardware when you don't have the background and familiarity to actually understand the difference between GDDR and DDR. You don't understand the terms you're throwing around.