Being a 90’s kid I probably learnt to hold a games controller before taking my first baby steps, ok, maybe a slight exaggeration, but the point I’m trying to make is that I’ve grown up surrounded by video games; and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Video gaming has changed a lot over the years with game publishers raising the bar every year in regards to game development, however, in just over a month’s time the two heavyweights of the gaming industry, Sony & Microsoft, are set to go toe-to-toe with the release of their next generation consoles in one of the most anticipated bouts of the century; ladies & gentlemen I present to you, the Xbox One & the PlayStation 4.
LET’S GET READY TO RUUUMMMBBBLLLEEE!!!
Both Microsoft and Sony went for very ‘boxy’ designs for their next generation consoles, the large black rectangular shape of the Xbox One has been compared to an oversized 80’s VCR Unit. When the PS4 was unveiled at E3, it reminded everyone in the audience of the PS2 design, with the stand (which isn’t included) really driving the point home. The PS4 is slightly smaller in size compared to the Xbox One, and sleeker thanks to its angular shape and two-halves design.
Compared to previous consoles, there isn’t exactly anything ‘game changing’ here, but hey, beauty comes from within, right?
For any technophobe’s out there you might just want to skip past this part, it’s the nitty-gritty boring stuff (that I get most excited about).
Whilst both brag about the console being different, the heart of both the Xbox One and the PS4 remain quite similar, that’s because for the first time, they are both running x86 octa-core CPUs, and these eight-core processors are built by the same manufacturer, AMD.
In the past, Microsoft had used an IBM PowerPC processor, while Sony teamed up with Toshiba and IBM on its own complicated Cell processor that developers never really warmed too.
The Xbox One will run a heavily modified eight-core AMD processor, whereas PS4 will comprise of a x86-64 Jaguar CPU.
Both console giants are using the very latest technology from AMD to design the next-generation visuals, which will really set them apart from the rapidly growing smartphone market.
The Xbox One marries its GPU to the CPU with a system-on-chip design, and according to VG24/7, comes complete with DirectX 11.2 support.
PS4 also combines its AMD CPU with the chip maker’s GPU and is described as being a semi-custom AMD Radeon that runs at 1.8 TFLOPS.
This is where it gets really interesting as Sony are kitting the PS4 out with 8GB GDDR5 RAM, the Xbox One is also getting 8GB RAM but of the lesser DDR3 variety.
Gamers won’t see any considerable difference in the short term, but to game developers may favour more towards the PS4 in the long run.
To sum this section up in Lehman’s terms, both consoles definitely pack some serious punch!
Neither company are holding back when it comes to launch titles with both working on brand new franchises, and as this will be the deciding factor for many hardcore gamers; both will be out to impress.
Xbox One launch games will include exclusives like:
The PS4 is also promising a killer line-up with the likes of:
We also can’t forget the other blockbuster chart toppers such as
- FIFA 14- Xbox One / PS4
- Call of Duty: Ghosts- Xbox One / PS4
- Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag- Xbox One / PS4
Both consoles are set to hit the shelves in the UK at the end of November, right in time for Christmas, so Santa will definitely be receiving a letter from me this year – I’ve been good, I promise!
The Xbox One is set for release on November 22nd for a price of £429, which also comes bundled with Kinect 2.0. The PS4 will debut a week later on November 29th at the more attractive price of £349, bear in mind however this doesn’t include the PS4 camera (which can be bought separately), but with wallets tighter than ever, Sony will have a clear advantage this holiday season.
So there we have it! Both console look set to take the world by storm with pre-orders for the consoles already breaking records. The Xbox One is available for pre-order here, or get you hands on the PS4 here, and remember, using Give as you Live will raise money for your supported charity!
I’ve made my mind up, have you?