Xbox One vs PS4: A Comparison of Specs

With Microsoft announcing the Xbox One yesterday, it now comes down to the versus debate. How does the firm’s next-gen entry fare off against the PlayStation 4? and just for kicks we’ll add in the Wii U as well, which was supposedly Nintendo’s attempt at a next-gen console.

Note that both Sony and Microsoft have only revealed limited information regarding the hardware. For example, in yesterday’s announcement Microsoft left out information on the GPU; something that consumers were anxious to know. We’ll probably get to know the complete listing at E3 in June.

A most notable difference between all three consoles is in the memory department. Both the PS4 and Xbox One feature 8GB, while the Wii U only 2GB. Rumor has it that the PS4 was initially going for 7GB but decided to increase it to match Microsoft’s at the last moment.

However, at the end it all comes down to games. Sony has done well by revealing their launch lineup and it looks great. Microsoft on the other hand mostly just talked about using the Xbox One as a television accessory, with games ranging from the usual sports genre to Call of Duty.

 

Xbox One PlayStation 4 Nintendo Wii U
Processor 8-core x86 CPU 8-core x86 CPU Tri-core IBM PowerPC 1.24Ghz
GPU AMD powered Next-gen AMD Radeon, runs at 1.84 Tflops AMD Radeon running at 550MHz
RAM 8GB 8GB 2GB
Storage 500GB HDD Unknown 8GB-32GB
Optical Drive Blu-ray Blu-ray Blu-ray
HDMI In and Out Out, In unknown Out
Ports USB 3.0, 802.11n, Direct Connect USB 3.0, Ethernet, 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1 USB 2.0×4, 802.11n
Price Unknown Unknown $299 – $349
Backward Compatibility No No Yes, with Wii
Release Date Late 2013 Late 2013 Now

By Saqib Mansoor

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    • Mark Capell-helm

      ok so now they are both imminent i am definatly going to wait for a while till i upgrade but it will prob be ps4 once they sort out the streaming and i see what they offer currently still playing both 360 and ps3 got to say love ps3 xbox360 is good but the online pay stuff is not up to scratch for it to compete i cant see that changing anytime soon coz MS would be shouting about it being a super dooper new online experiance already

    • Fazil Khan

      Amd Amd everywhere …

    • Guest

      I gotta agree with you about the Xbox One being a little too focused on being a TV set top box type thing. Like 70% percent of the presentation was about TV and how you can watch it with the Xbox. What about the games man?

      Anyway, i hear that the Xbox is gonna be around $600 while the PS4 is gonna be cheaper than the the PS3 was at launch so i’m prolly gonna go with that. It helps that MGS ground zeroes and phantom pain and FFV13 will be for that console.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mark.capellhelm Mark Capell-helm

      have to say barring a game changing reveal from either of them at E3 i am very disappointed with both in short.
      New Xbox looks like vcr from 80’s and is being touted as a tv accessory with “great” (sarcasm there) apps if your in the states and bugger all if your not
      PS4 no device seen yet (is it really that butt ugly or were they waiting to see xbox’s first)
      no backwards compatible on either of them PS4 promises streaming later on (not everyone has/wants/can afford a fibre connection yet you know) I for one will not be getting either of them anytime soon and with both likely to be £400-£500 at launch im saving my self £1k to spewnd on bargain priced games as people upgrade and get rid of their old ones

    • A75278

      PS4 is awesome …..