Xbox One vs. PS4 spec difference is "fairly marginal" Microsoft says

20-year Microsoft veteran says, "The purists are gonna argue...but I think it comes down to the games."

In terms of system specifications, the difference between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is "fairly marginal," Microsoft has said. Speaking with Australia's GamePlanet, Microsoft's Australasian vice president of sales and marketing Alan Bowman said it's not the power of the Xbox One or PS4 that will make the difference, but rather the games.

"We're optimistic about this generation as well. We've got a unique value proposition, and from just a pure specs perspective it's always gonna be fairly marginal difference," Bowman said. "The purists are gonna argue the toss, but I think it comes down to the games. You're gonna see great exclusive games on Xbox One, and when you look at the cross-platform games, and there's gonna be exclusive content on Xbox One."

Sony has time and again referred to the PS4 as the "most powerful video game console ever created." Check out a graphic here comparing the specifications for the Xbox One and PS4 to decide for yourself.

Also in the interview, Bowman addressed the Xbox One's worldwide availability. Microsoft's system is currently sold in 13 markets, while the PS4 is now available in more than 50 countries around the globe.

"We’d like to be in more markets--this is a global business--but it’s also a long-term business, and we’ll progressively launch in more markets over the coming year," he said.

Finally, Bowman and Xbox New Zealand lead Steven Blackburn spoke to how Microsoft expects the demographic for the Xbox One to change over time. Right now, Blackburn said the Xbox One is "absolutely as male and core-skewed as you can imagine," but he anticipates that this will change.

"We need to have the ability to be that broad church," he said.

Part of the way in which Microsoft hopes to add more players to the mix, Blackburn said, is by making the Xbox One experience easier and more intuitive. "Gamers are willing to spend time configuring things, but someone who just wants to watch TV is not," he said.

Bowman added: "We can't let the tech be a barrier."

It is not clear how Microsoft plans to address this, and neither Bowman nor Blackburn provided any specific plans. The Xbox One sold over 3 million units worldwide as of December 31, 2013.

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Newporta
Newporta

Of course Microsoft is going to say the specs of XBOX ONE vs PS4 are only "fairly marginal" because, from a marketing perspective, they still need to sell their product so they have no problem lying about the truth.  But a quick comparison of the GPU and Memory of each clearly shows that PS4 is packing much more under the hood.  It's a simple numbers game.


XBOX ONE

Clock Speed: 853 MHz(originally 800 MHz)

Shader Cores: 768
Peak Throughput: 1.23 TFLOPS

Memory:8GB DDR3
Clock: 2133MHz Bandwidth: 68.26 GB/s
+ 32MB eSRAM
Bandwidth: 204 GB/s(102 In/102 Out)


PS4

Peak Shader Throughput: 69.420 TFLOPS  

GPU Cores: 1152 

GPU Clock: 800 MHz

Memory: 8GB GDDR5

Frequency: 5500 MHz

System Memory Bus: 256-bit 

System Memory Bandwidth: 176.0 GB/s 

The GPU bandwith for PS4 is 69.420TFLOPS versus that of XBOX ONE 1.23TFLOPS so I guess you can call this only "fairly marginal" if you assume that "marginal" means that the xbox is running about 56 times SLOWER than PS4.


Next looking at the Memory of each, PS4 is rocking GDDR5 @ 5500MHz, whereas XBOX ONE is using older DDR3 @ 2133MHz.

Obviously Microsoft will say it's about the same since they are crooks trying to make a couple bucks, but simply looking at the specs on paper, the PS4 kills XBOX. 

cornballtrack87
cornballtrack87

They used to give a lot of free games in 360 like hexic but not seeing them in xb1. When arcade games will be on xbone?

livefreenow
livefreenow

"You can't let the tech be the barrier." And then everyone pisses on the WiiU... man...

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Doesn't matter to me.  I played the crap out of both the PS3 and X360 last gen, and in time I will have both this gen, too.

I'll leave the fanboy talk to those who let their arguing get in the way of good gaming experiences.

Born_Lucky
Born_Lucky

Ha ha . . . "microsoft says" 


That's funny.

cashnmillions
cashnmillions

I was going to buy a PS4, but then lucked out and found an XBOX One during black friday. I really like it so far. I am normally a PC gamer, so the only graphics that have impressed me were those of Ryse Son of Rome. That has thus far been my favorite game. I thought Madden 25 was quite smooth in FPS, but a bit Arcady. Assassin's Creed doesn't look that great, nor did Call of Duty Ghosts. I've also played Lego Marvel, which was ok. The second best game IMO is Dead Rising 3, but graphics could've been a bit sharper. Can't wait to see what they can do with either console in the next few years.

nomadski69
nomadski69

I agree its all about the games. That's why I can safely say that both consoles suck giant monkey balls right at this moment.

ObxChillin
ObxChillin

Xbox has better games hands down

hdluffy
hdluffy

I got a wii U and am waiting for some games to pick ps4 or xbox as my 2ndary console.  So far i'm leaning towards xbox for the added multimedia functions and exclusives like HALO 5 and TITANFALL.  It all comes down to games and both systems have the same games for the most part but xbox has the exclusives that are must have.  

Darkfibre
Darkfibre

Is no one else fed up with these endless comparisons. What would be funny is that as both consoles are just PCs, either side could easily uplift the graphics card. After all PCs have been handling a multitude of cards for the last 25 years.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

It is down to the very games that shows the PS4 has better hardware than the Xbox One, there is a massive difference in resolution for one thing.

quincy2000a
quincy2000a

I'm a gamer. I didn't really want the "media features" that Microsoft put into the One, especially at the expense of the One being less powerful. Microsoft seems to be happy with being second place (in terms of gaming power) this generation and I do think that eventually there will be obvious graphic differences in games that both systems share (unless the programmers are really, really lazy).


http://kotaku.com/why-it-matters-that-ps4-games-are-higher-resolution-th-1475165066


So why would I be satisfied with a second place console?


I'm hoping the Xbox One console exclusives (like Titanfall) will be released on the PC because I think I'll be selling my Xbox One shortly.



dark_rage864
dark_rage864

If Xbox One and PS4 made a baby it would be the Wii U lol

huggybear1020
huggybear1020

The Sega Master System was graphically superior to the NES, but the NES won.  The N64 had better graphics than the PS1, but the PS1 won.  The Xbox had better graphics than the PS2, but the PS2 won.  Graphics don't guarantee success, games do; he hit the nail on the head with that part at least.  Whether or not the XB1 has a better selection of games, though, is yet to be seen.

MAXAM999
MAXAM999

WHAT .. THE FxxK is he talking about !?

Playstation Brand as a whole is focusing on "GAMING" since the PS1 era , Do you consider this Brand as a Phone app or a DVR at this point cuz i'm desperate to get your point behind your "XBAX" ?

OF COURSE Developers will Decide which console they choose to make games on NOT YOU or any $hithead around who pretend to be the dictator of the industry , GTFO of the Gaming industry if that was the way you think !

Gamerhomer
Gamerhomer

They do enjoy repeating themselves

MegaX-
MegaX-

Doesn't matter how much better the ps4 is since multi-platform games will not take advantage of the hardware in any significant way, that happened with the PC so it will happen with the ps4 too.


Although in a year exclusive ps4 games will be stunning.

rednival
rednival

We need to get over the specs.  I have said again and again that they difference would be negligible.  Everybody hyped the PS3 looking so much better than the Xbox 360 and that really never materialized (I know someone will argue it did).


Point is, console generations are never decided on graphics alone.  Genesis ruled SNES for years during that battle and SNES was WAY superior in graphics and sound and there was just no way around it.  SNES eventually took over Genesis, but it was because Nintendo kept focusing on putting out great games while Sega explored distractions like Sega CD and 32X.


What it usually boils down to is: who is more distracted?  The company dealing with distractions loses.  Sony was losing a better part of last generation because they had to deal with the difficulty of developing for PS3, the price issues, and then the PSN hack.  Once those were all taken care of, they gradually overtook Xbox, but not before.


Microsoft is trying to do A LOT of stuff and maybe they will be the first to pull it off, but Sony's focus out the gate has them off to an early lead, but you never know what distraction may lay around the next corner.

gamer112696
gamer112696

I think it is still too early for Microsoft to say this.  I own both consoles, and currently I don't see that much of a difference.  However, I think that the difference in graphics will be much more apparent in the years to come (PS4 specs prove it).  But I don't care too much about it, I'm looking forward to the games.  Infamous comes out next month and Titanfall comes out the month after.  Then later on this year and next year there should be a lot more games. 

clr84651
clr84651

If by fairly marginal he means substantially, then yes.

PS4 installs games in 3 mins vs X1 installs games in 20-30 mins.

PS4 downloads 3 things faster than X1 does 1 thing.

PS4's games are at 1080P vs X1's at 720P. 

PS4's interface & PSN are faster than X1's. 

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Yes, indeed. But even if the difference was huge the important thing in the end are GAMES.

Just compare the sales of PS2 vs the first Xbox and there you go.

dpclark
dpclark

Both these consoles came to market one year too soon.  Maybe two.  Now we're stuck with 'em...


This is a huge opportunity for Nintendo to come out with an uber console we really wanted.  I suppose that is what the Steam Box is about, but it doesn't have locked down specs for a consistent experience - which is what consoles are about.

haferreira2025
haferreira2025

@Newporta So, I presume you can explain why the same chip can (because its the same graphics processing chip on both systems, the PS4 and Xbox One) can operate 56 times better on one system in comparisson with another system, even (as I said) if the chip is exacly the same, manufactured by the same company (AMD). And also, I presume you can explain why that chip can have a performance of 69TFLOPS (as you said) IF THE BEST GRAPHICS CHIP AVAILABLE IN THE WORLD TODAY FOR CUSTUMERS LIKE ME AND YOU HAVE A MAX PERFORMANCE OF 8 TFLOPS OF COMPUTING POWER, BEING A MIX OF TWO GRAPHICS CARDS JOINT TOGETHER IN JUST ONE CIRCUIT BOARD, AND IS CALLED NVIDIA GEFORCE TITAN Z, WITH A PRICE TAG OF THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS.  Stupid Sony Fanboy

JOHONDAR
JOHONDAR

@cashnmillions This is what makes me laugh, as a PC gamer I don't need/want a PS4 for it's faster performance. My computer eats PS4's and deficates laptops. The Xbox One is definitely the most "next gen" of the two and has Halo. A game that no exclusive on the PS4 can replace in my mind. Argue that if you will but Halo is the biggest reason I'm getting a new console at all.

Razorlight6
Razorlight6

Playstation has better games hands down

evildead6789
evildead6789

@rednivalI did show it that latest games like the las of us and beyond two souls. The comparison with the x360 and ps3 doesn't add up here because it was a lot more difficult to program for the the ps3, also the videocard was better on the x360 (but only slightly)


This time around they both use x86 hardware like in a pc , and the videocard in the ps4 is a lot better, almost double the cores.

It will show fast how much better the ps4 is (actually it already shows, because ps4 is releasing games in 1080p and the xboxone in 720p), and don't forget, the ps4 is cheaper than the xboxone this time around.

Either way both consoles are too weak for this day & age. I'm not buying any of the consoles.

 

djpetitte
djpetitte

@gamer112696

well aren't you just so special you own both consoles already.  I'm going to get a steam machine when it comes out and probably never look back..... well I shouldn't say that because maybe id get a ps4 since the price is reasonable for what you get.. but that will be down the line when its even cheaper. Ps4 does seem like an good value though.

dark_rage864
dark_rage864

@clr84651says a Sony fan who never even tried the Xbox One and just uses ridiculous assumptions to support your console race. lolz

DJMist
DJMist

@clr84651It shows dude... You haven't even seen or used an Xbox one! 

Install times are the SAME(idiot) In 3 min you can start the game.

Download time for a 40GB game was less than 3Hours in my case.

Resolution? Forza 5 Running at 1080p @60fps, which game looks and runs like that on the ps4?! NONE.

Ohh and LOL for the interface fanboy.. You cant be serious! ps2, ps3, psp, psvita and ps4 share the exact same menu.. and for me, this is one of the biggest fails of Sony. They will never move forward.They deceive their customers with those awful archeological menus..

djpetitte
djpetitte

@clr84651


plus ps4 is a considerable amount of money cheaper, basically a no brainer if you have the money.  games will come in due time.

jadaski1
jadaski1

@clr84651 The responsiveness of the PS4 interface really surprised me; it was a huge improvement over the PS3.

Ferric24
Ferric24

@dpclark An uber consoles will cost a lot of money. The price point is the limiting factor right now with console graphics. They have the ability to make them better, but they can only spend so much on the manufacture of their machines. PC will always be superior because pc enthusiasts are willing to spend so much more money on their gaming rig. 

hdluffy
hdluffy

@dark_rage864 @huggybear1020 wrong! pc game sales are not even a % of consoles.  Look at any gaming shop. WALLS AND WALLS OF PS4 AND XBOX 1 games.  A tiny section for pc games.  

RobDev
RobDev

@DJMist @clr84651 And you obviously haven't seen a PS$ if you are saying it has the same interface as the PS3. Also there were many articles around the loading times for discs.

Gamerhomer
Gamerhomer

@DJMist@clr84651 

Did you not see the GS article, even they say Xbox need to improve their install times. Terribly slow.

MAXAM999
MAXAM999

@DJMist Do you have anything against PS Brand Because TRUTH HURTS as they say for situations like this .. who is the Fanboy now huh ?

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@Ferric24 First time in months that I find someone that understand the purpose a console: "Cheap quality gaming in a pre-configured system" Thanks for briging some hope here man :D

dpclark
dpclark

@Ferric24@dpclark

What I meant was that Nintendo (or someone) can manufacture a console in about 2 years for the same cost today, but have a more powerful machine. I think Sony and Microsoft jumped the gun, because they didn't want to be one year behind the other.  Both systems are underpowered and game developers were not even privy to the specs until of late.


They should have targeted at least 2.5 TFLOPS.

Razorlight6
Razorlight6

Where are these "WALLS AND WALLS OF PS4 AND XBOX 1 games?" These games combined make up AT MOST 10% of any game space.

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

@RobDev@DJMist@clr84651 It isn't exactly the same but at it's core, its more or less an improved version of the PS3/PSP interface.  I like my PS4 but some things are somewhat disappointing.  People need to hop off this PS4 vs X1 crap.  I've tried both and the best looking games on both consoles look great.

dark_rage864
dark_rage864

@Gamerhomer@DJMist@clr84651did you know practically both xbox one and ps4 have same install times, similar specs :O 

oh and .. guess what?!


both companies want to improve on their BETA consoles cause that's what they are atm.. lol

RobDev
RobDev

@dpclark @Ferric24 yeah, because they have only been working on their consoles for a year or two. How can you seriously say that the xbox/Ps4 came out maybe two years TOO EARLY but Nintendo should start from now and deliver a NEW better console in two years. idiot.