Xbox One and PS4 hardware "essentially the same," says John Carmack

Id Software co-founder says "it's almost weird how close" the two next-generation platforms are.

The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 hardware are "essentially the same," according to id Software co-founder John Carmack.

"It's almost amazing how close they are in capabilities, how common they are," Carmack said during his QuakeCon keynote address. "And that the capabilities that they give are essentially the same."

He acknowledged that there are differences in memory architecture and other various technical specifications, but ultimately, "it's almost weird how close they are," he said.

"In the near-term, it's clearly going to be a good thing for developers, gamers…it's an excellent thing for AMD," Carmack added.

Also during his keynote address, Carmack said the backlash surrounding Microsoft's since-reversed Xbox One policies was somewhat unjustified.

"I think the witch hunt was a little bit unjustified there," Carmack said. "I personally am extremely fond of having all of my digital purchases in a curated garden. All of my iTunes, all of my Amazon stuff, all of my Steam things. And it's a positive thing."

The Xbox One ($500) and PS4 ($400) launch later this year.

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tionmedon
tionmedon

ps4/xb1 are mini PC`s.........

tionmedon
tionmedon

I will buy both for xclusives only but my PC is supreme.........

IQT786
IQT786

my pc will own both but I will be buying the PS4

wyan_
wyan_

I think it's better if both systems offer pretty much the same power. It makes it easier for devs to concentrate on making great games. Over the years Carmack has always been level headed, so I trust what he says. I'm glad this is the case.

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

@PosiTVEMinD355 What and let M$ have unfettered access to weak and vulnerable minds and their wallets not fucking likely mate ;)

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

@de-astroturfer @PosiTVEMinD355 Lol.  To be honest I trust neither MS or Sony.  One for what they tried to do and the other for what they've already done. Regardless, i'm still getting both like a boss

valknight
valknight

@evil_snuggles Except they arent sold. Amazon sales arent sales until they are shipped. There is no billing and is the worst way to judge somethings sale record. 

evil_snuggles
evil_snuggles

Val you say Things that don't make sense. People Pre-ordered things to make sure they're available at launch . A Company can gauge the demand of their product base on preorders . Look at call of duty preorders Companies also look at search trends and Internet Popularity on the Internet . So do you think xbone will out sale PS4

valknight
valknight

@evil_snuggles LOL yeah right.. The vita has next to nothing on it. only reason to get that bundle is to sell the vita and get a 3ds. 

If they get it to work with the remote play concept it might be cool, but basically a copy of the Wiiu tech. Just play your games on the console you bought em for. 

And before you spam me with it's percentages it's a sony webpage the votes will be scewed. 

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@evil_snuggles PS4 is £330? Or there about. Vita is about £200 for console and memory card. So I seriously doubt you will find a bundle for less than £450-£480. And that is without games for both.

evil_snuggles
evil_snuggles

Sometime Game console makers sale at a loss and vita sale are not great. It a great idea they can grow vitas base and sell more software for vita. It

RicanV
RicanV moderator

@valknight I'll disagree. The Vita has a pretty solid library. Add to that 1. Additional Controller 2. Remote Play 3. PSN+ Library of free Vita games. 

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

@RicanV @valknight Vita has a solid library? I own a vita and it's sitting beneath an avalanche of dust.  What games are you referring to from this solid library?  btw you do know that our current PS3 psn library wont be compatible on PS4 right?

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@evil_snuggles Yeah totally. My main issue with the Vita is that there are some top games for most genres and yet Sony don't seem to be pushing all that hard for more. It is like they don't have faith in their own system.

I've been thinking it for a while I will hold onto my Vita for as long as necessary. Will try it out on the PS4 using remote play. Will play as many of the Vita, PSP, PS Classics as I fancy then if it hasn't improved I'll likely sell it on.

I really hope it does improve though, it is the best handheld I've used in terms of performance and general awesomeness.

buy2playz
buy2playz

Xbox One and PS4 Names "essentially the same," Bcoz Both Have Numerical Letter in Their Name says John Carmack

charlieboomboom
charlieboomboom

hmm i love my 360 but hate the company! ps4 all the way, and i only buy sony exclusive. Rest i buy for my pc

milomell
milomell

@charlieboomboom yeah i love the console but the company is all about money money to use every simple thing

Urizen316
Urizen316

@milomell Yes, and Sony is a humanitarian organisation. They'd rather ruin the industry than see the other succeed. They steal everything and have done nothing right. Their only saving grace has been naughty dog and santa monica, without them the ps3 would've been the last console.

evil_snuggles
evil_snuggles

MicroSCAM is going to Lose it shirt on Xbone one 80 . The PS4 is going to Crush it . M$ better Do a price drop or can get rid of Kinect To compete with PS4 is Better design. Xbone will Only sell in America .Europe and Asia is going to get Destroyed

valknight
valknight

@buy2playz @valknight @evil_snuggles Really? Do you guys really want to play ps4  with the community that you see on here?  

I hope you guys who all cry go to ps4. The xbox community will be far better because of it. All you do is insult others and cry about something that has nothing to do with you.  You push at others when your system is nothing more than an upgrade to processor and ram. 

evil_snuggles
evil_snuggles

I own a Xbox 360 and Original Xbox How am I a fanboy. M$ got Sloppy They went to hard after the casual gamers and tv Crowd . But it's the core gamers that buy game console at launch and Before all the price drops. We Establish the leading game console PS4 is going to Get a large head start on xbone.

milomell
milomell

@valknight just like how company is watching out for there interest, the consumers are doing the same, i know xbl is a payed service to make there server runs better but Microsoft could at least give away free stuff every now and then but u will never gonna see that because ur mind is enslaved by the company

Urizen316
Urizen316

@milomell @valknight well they are giving away games these days, sony has gone to a paid model aswell, so much for their principles

Urizen316
Urizen316

@evil_snuggles but places like amazon already stated that the xbox has a lot more pre-orders than the ps4, I think the policy change got a lot of customers interested

buy2playz
buy2playz

@Urizen316 Any Link To Prove Your Claim,Who Said This to You.Whole World Know Which console Hav More Number Of Preorder.If U Hav Any proof Post it

valknight
valknight

@buy2playz It's actually a mis-statement. xbox preorders are better than sony's but sony has more bundles so its not a sure-fire either way. That and the fact that amazon doesnt charge anything for preorders means that someone could preorder 5 and not pay anything. 

valknight
valknight

@evil_snuggles you are misquoting it. 

" According to Strategy Analytics, they state that the data “would imply” that the PS4 has a 50% edge over the Xbox One in potential sales. "

LOL  

BigBossWato
BigBossWato

@Urizen316 @milomell @valknight My only problem with the XBL Free game is that they are mostly 5 year old games, next month PS+ get Hitman Absolution and that game came out several months ago. 

BigBossWato
BigBossWato

@Urizen316 @evil_snuggles Have you even look at the best seller list on amazon lately, on The best sellers so far for this year the PS4 is #3 behind $20 PSN card and 12 XBL gold respectively while the XB1 is #6. Also the Xb1 has one SKU in the top 100 while the PS4 has 4 there is no way the XB1 is selling better. In the future do your own research instead of relying on others.