There has been plenty of hype surrounding the announcement of the new Xbox One and PS4. Both Microsoft and Sony respectively announced their new products at the recent E3 2013 gaming event. Both consoles offer new features and design and they’re on our gadget wish list!
If you do decide to purchase either console remember to invest in a gadget insurance policy for your own peace of mind. We’ve outlined below the new features of the Xbox One and PS4 and the main differences between the consoles to help you decide which console is best for you!
The Sony PS4 is quite a neat and petite console; it comes in a slanted design that is very different to previous models. The console can stand either flat or on its side. The XBox One is significantly greater in size than the PS4. It is a chunky black console and is 10% bigger in size than its predecessor the Xbox 350.
In terms of hardware and technicality, the two consoles are quite similar. They both have eight- core processors running at a frequency of 1.6GHz, custom AMD graphic processors and Blu- ray drives. Of course, there are also some fundamental differences.
The Playstation 4 has 18 CUs generating 1.84 teraflops of processing power while the Xbox only has 12 CUs, this technically gives the Sony machine a 50% advantage in terms of raw performance including lighting and graphic effects. The PS4 uses 8GB of GDDR5 memory with a bandwidth of 176GB/sec compared to the Xbox One, which uses 8GB of DDR3 RAM.
The adoption of graphics works better on the PS4 with these capabilities. Aside from gaming specifications, the Xbox One architecture is designed with a variety of considerations beyond gaming including the implementation of other MS platforms; this is evident in the technical specifications.
Sony has made the most obvious changes to the Playstation controllers. With a new touchpad, the DualShock 4 is the most obviously changed of the two joypads, Sony have also added a speaker, this adds an impressive up close, player specific audio. The controller also introduces a share button which you record footage of your gaming and you can show it off to your friends.
The Xbox one controller features 40 new improvements. Its triggers have been improved and are now more sensitive; they also have their own dedicated rumble packs. The controller, known as the D- pad is now a cross shape, the sticks are more comfortable to grip. It also boasts a handy headphone socket.
Both controllers look good, and feel nice to use, of the two the Xbox is less gimmicky and provides greater comfort when playing.
Cloud computing is taking over the generation and next generation consoles are capitalising on the power of the cloud. Microsoft believes that developers have the ability to harness three times the power of a single Xbox One. However critics question this, as they believe that latency and bandwidth issues could cause difficulty. Playstation also promise the delivery of cloud computing.
This means that in time it will be possible for players to play remotely and gain control of a friend’s game to perhaps help them out of difficulty. Microsoft is offering similar features by utilising its Skype service.
Both of these consoles have multiple content partners that involve varied video- on- demand support. Xbox One seems to have most to offer out of the two consoles. The Microsoft machine allows seamless movement between television, video content and games. Premium television including live sports will be integrated with exclusive social and gaming features. Both consoles also allow you to watch standard DVDs and Blu- ray.
Many believe that the console era is coming to an end as gamers now want to play more freely on tablets and mobile. Both Microsoft and Sony have proved otherwise and the competition between the two companies shows that gaming consoles, as gadgets are as popular now than ever.