It’s almost time for the new generation of consoles to be in the public’s hands. We’re just three weeks away now and anticipation is building every single day. Everybody is basically sitting back and waiting for the arrival of these new consoles, so why not compare the two while wait? Last week the main focus was on each console’s launch lineup and deciding the winner based on that topic. You can see part 1 here. This is part 2 now though so obviously the topic is different. This week I’m focusing on the specs, or specifications. Unfortunately though, specs are more of a factually based topic and there’s not much room for an opinion. Thus, I will be changing it up a bit. The PS4 is a more powerful console but will it matter? Does all that extra ram and power actually affect any of the games you play on it? Well you’ll have to read on to find out.
After reading countless articles, I can confirm that PS4 is more powerful console in technical specifications. Will that shine through though? In the previous generation, the PS3 was a more powerful console when compared to the Xbox 360 but chances are if you ask someone which console they prefer, they’ll say Xbox 360. Maybe power is overrated. Maybe everything we hear about something being faster or more powerful is just a ruse to create excitement for the certain product. I’ll give the benefit of the doubt to PS4 here though. I don’t think that comparing these two consoles the same way we compared the 360 and PS3 is fair. Technology has advanced so much since the release of each of those consoles. Arguments about technology are becoming pointless nowadays due to almost every product being so identical that it comes down niche features that most probably won’t care about. I do think there is a fair argument though in PS4 and Xbox One’s case because it all comes down to the developers. 3rd Party developers, which are developers not owned by either Microsoft or Sony, will build their game around the lowest common denominator. That’s mainly the reason most developers created their game for Xbox 360 and then just ported it over to PS3. Also, PS3 was a bit harder to develop for due to it’s complicated technology. 3rd party games will be almost identical on each console. I’ll return to this topic a little later in the post but let’s move on for now.
Frame-rate: So recently there’s been a lot of discussion over the frame-rate of certain games. Especially games like Battlefield and Killzone: Shadow Fall. This argument seriously needs to cease right now. Once you are above 30 frames a second, you honestly can’t tell the difference. If you aren’t familiar with the argument at hand, the discussion is that in Battlefield 4, PS4 has been able to handle frame-rates better by running games at around 45 frames per second while Xbox one has been running at 30 frames per second. Unless the difference is significant, you won’t be able to tell the difference between 30 and 45 frames per second. Honestly, this is just another reason for fanboys to try to force the opinion that their console is better than your’s down your throat. A difference of 15 frames a second won’t matter at all, and this discussion shouldn’t even be relevant.
Memory: Both consoles sport a 500GB hard drive in the consoles except the advantage goes to PS4 here because you can swap the hard drive out for a bigger one, for example 2TB, if you need extra space. Xbox One, you unfortunately cannot replace the hard drive and you must download every single game that you buy, meaning you might be filling the hard drive up faster than you think. Call of Duty: Ghosts is reportedly around 35-40GB’s in size for example. Hopefully the size of games can decrease because at this rate 500Gb’s won’t last 2 years for some people.
Resolution: Finally, resolution. There’s been a lot of reporting this week that Call of Duty: Ghosts will be in 1080p on PS4 and 720p on Xbox One. I don’t believe these reports are true though. If Forza 5 can be in 1080p, I see no reason Call of Duty: Ghosts won’t be. Let’s discuss this though as if it were true. Call of Duty Ghosts can only run in 720p on Xbox One. Would it be that bad? No. Unless you have a 60 inch TV you will not even notice the difference in the resolution. I play my games on a 52 inch tv and I can’t tell a difference at all. Yet again, this is just another meaningless topic that the fanboys of Sony try to use against Xbox. It’s a bit ridiculous how many times this is brought up. The funny part is that most people play their games in 720p and probably don’t even know that. I don’t think the rumors are true but even if they are, don’t be too worried about the resolution.
Games: Returning back to one of the initial topics of this post. 3rd party games will looks absolutely identical and you probably won’t see a difference in them, unless the developer purposefully neglects a certain console. First party though, is a different story and this is where I think PS4 will use all of that extra power. First party developers are developers that are directly owned by either Microsoft or Sony. In the beginning of this generation, the first party games might not look all that different but as each developer learns more and more about each system, they’ll be able to use all available amounts of power in their games. Exclusives are what make the difference in this generation. If the consoles can’t capitalize on their exclusives then the opposing console will win.
Despite PS4 being a little more powerful, these consoles are more similar than people would like to think. Both consoles will produce great games regardless of the power. Saying that, with the ability to swap out hard drives and the ability for better first party games, PS4 has a bit a more to offer in the specs department.
The winner is PS4 but will the extra power available to PS4 even matter? Maybe, I’ll think we’ll have to wait and see. It’s up to the exclusives on deciding if the extra power truly can make a better game.
That wraps up this topic although we have two more weeks before we can decide the winner of the console wars. Since there are so many areas to cover for each aspect of the consoles, the last two posts will contain several topics. Such as; Controllers, Design, Name, PS Plus vs. Xbox Live. PS4 is winning 2-0 but Xbox One can easily take the lead next week since I’ll be discussing several topics. Thanks for reading, and please follow all of 8BitChimp’s social accounts to stay up to date! Also, there’s a poll at the bottom of the post and I would appreciate your opinion!