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Xbox One is actually more powerful than PS4 v2.

An article I wrote entitled “Why the Xbox One is actually more powerful than the PS4” quickly became the most read article across our portfolio of websites. It caused controversy – in the way I knew it would - but I may have been wrong, at least about the PS4 having better specs...

My argument at the time was whilst the PS4 has a spec advantage over Xbox One; Microsoft has “the Cloud” for processing, scalability, and easing development; particularly for smaller studios.

I’m far from an expert on Cloud technology; yet I occasionally post on our sister site dedicated to the hot topic. When comments say, “you’re falling for Microsoft’s marketing” – I can assure you, I’m not.

Why is the Cloud currently so popular? Because of the potential. Microsoft has a proven history in this field thanks to platforms such as Azure, and with the Xbox One is introducing 300,000 dedicated servers to take advantage of this potential, if not at launch, within the next year.

So Microsoft has the Cloud, an area Sony is comparatively inexperienced and would struggle to match in both knowledge and sheer infrastructure. Where it sounds like Sony made up for this with the PS4 is in pure, unadulterated horsepower; for giving superior graphics performance.

But it looks like we all could have been fooled, myself included. It appears Microsoft is using a multi-module, stacked design in the Xbox One. Underneath that modified Radeon HD 6670 GPU, lies a 175 mm^2 space for something. That something is presumed to be a Volcanic Islands based AMD with a 22nm SOI design featuring 2304 to 2560 stream processors.

So why didn’t Microsoft come straight out with this increased spec, and instead make the Xbox One appear inferior to the PS4? First is the most obvious, it prevents Sony upgrading their console last minute; so in the long-run they are stuck with a potentially less-capable device.

But it's the second reason which is brilliantly clever. The Volcanic Islands GPU wasn’t officially announced until the last week of September in Hawaii; which means Microsoft couldn’t list it as a specification. As for why they don't reveal now? It's possible a NDA is in place that could prevent talking about the GPU until after retail release.

This GPU - combined with the modified Radeon HD 6670 - could make the Xbox One a graphical powerhouse. With "Day One" pre-orders sold out in most UK retail outlets, this could finally be more positive news for Microsoft!

Head over to misterxmedia for in-depth details, but be warned, the English isn’t great!

What do you think about these potential new revelations? Will you be getting a PS or Xbox?

About 7 months, 2 weeks ago - 10 comments
Categories: Devices, Gaming, Platforms, Windows
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Geoff Carlin - 5 Sep 2013, 11:26 a.m.

Interesting stuff. Guess we'll need to wait a few weeks to see!


Dock Munnster - 6 Sep 2013, 5:39 a.m.



Elisei Filimon - 7 Sep 2013, 4:35 a.m.

Wishful thinking and unlikely. You see the size of the DVR box, you really think that the little bit of room in there is for something else ENTIRELY to heat up the inside alongside the 8GB DDR3?


William Conquest - 7 Sep 2013, 8:12 a.m.

Xbox has good enough specs as it is, the xbox is going to be impressive for its online capabilities. Ps is for single player games with good graphics. Xbox is for amazing multiplayer with slightly less powerful graphics, but honestly probably not even noticable.
This gives an impass however as why would Sony fans praise the console for having better graphics if you can just buy a PC for even better graphics than the Ps4. Sony fans are very hypocritical.


William Conquest - 7 Sep 2013, 8:20 a.m.

I think anyone with a brain knows that graphics arent exactly everything, they are more of a cool bonus. Its the feel and dynamics of the game that is the star. Xbox has concentrated on online multiplayer all these years while sony has focused on graphics. If i wanted good graphics I would go get a high end PC, PS is dead without being able to match the almighty power of xbox live. But then again PC as dedicated servers for certain games. But the game changer is that xbox One will have support for dev to place their game on one of 300,000 dedicated servers. This may outdo PC for a time in terms of greater multiplayer. But only for select games like CoD and Halo and other console based games. You cant just get a PS3 and slap better graphics on it and rename it a PS4 and actually expect it to be any different. I can buy an upgraded graphics card on my PC for half the price that would outperform the PS4. Xbox is innovation. Ps is repeatation with better graphics. Sony is wining the early battle, but honestly for how much longer? Something has to give eventually.


Alan Duffy - 8 Sep 2013, 6:32 a.m.

I am in the Xbox One camp. If Xbox One is more powerful than PS4 then that was good for them keep tight lipped about the true specs until Sony had started hardware production for PS4 that way no spec changes could be made.


John Pombrio - 8 Sep 2013, 8:40 p.m.

MS spent $3 billion dollars on SOMETHING with IBM and AMD to customize the One's chip. That seemed excessive to me just to customize an AMD stock APU. Having another discrete GPU chip hidden inside the package really seems like a stretch tho. If MS does do a reveal at the end of September, it will be a huge explosion the likes we have never seen. This latest console wars is AMAZING in its scope and news as it is. Can you just imagine if this is true?


Matthew Bryant - 11 Sep 2013, 11:05 p.m.

Yeah, Albert Penello says this isn't true. Granted, he's been wrong on plenty of things when it comes to comparing the XBox One to the PS4, but I'm pretty sure he's right about this one. ;) There is no second GPU.


Anthony Hall - 23 Sep 2013, 3:57 a.m.

sony bought gaikai cloud service. Gaikai is a company that already streams full games over the internet. So in english ps4 has cloud processing also...


mike barker - 8 Nov 2013, 5:25 a.m.

LOL, yeah? how bout all that 720p stuff :) Xbox720p. LOL