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?