Microsoft discusses what features set the Xbox One apart from the PS4

Snap multitasking and video offerings are what separates the Xbox One from the PlayStation 4 in terms of features.

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ABeastNamedTariq1685d ago

Doesn't the PS4 have some sort of multitasking too? That requires a double tap of the home button? I don't know if it works exactly like the Xbone but, I'm just saying.

To me (yes, this is my opinion), the only thing that really separates it is the TV integration. And exclusives and stuff, but that's already implied.

TomShoe1685d ago

Hmm, I'm surprised no one's yelled "TEH CLOUDZORZ" into my ear yet.

Ezz20131685d ago

is it me or MS talk about ps4 more than they talk about xbox1 ?!

every songle article i read about MS they have to bring up ps4

p0tat0stix1685d ago (Edited 1685d ago )

...says the PS4 fan about an XB1 article ...

Pure irony.

-Foxtrot1685d ago

Cloudzorz...sounds like a planet full of sheep people

gamertk4211685d ago (Edited 1685d ago )

Bring up PS4? He was asked directly to compare features of the two. Do you even read the articles???

this was for ezz

YNWA961685d ago

No Tom but you probably hear Dicks head a lot...

crxss1685d ago

I like the 360 in the picture...

JokesOnYou1684d ago (Edited 1684d ago )

Ezz2013, Its just you because like many you comment without reading the article.

He was asked directly what sets them apart in regards to features.

Edit lol guess I should of read all the replies, gamertk421 already covered this.

user55757081684d ago


actually the Microsoft rep doesn't mention ps4 at all. if you notice when most reps answer questions they answer about the console they are trying to market and act as if their console is the only one that exists with the features and games they mention

P0werVR1684d ago

Well, I've seen more Sony fanboys mention the cloud than Micro fanboys.

But I'll say it, Azure is going to be an incremental progress once it launches and is taken advantage of.

TV integration and more, using other apps that are always been introduced. If Xbox 360's apps isn't a testament to it's potential, imagine use on it along with snap on Xbox One.

UltimateMaster1684d ago (Edited 1684d ago )

They can both multi-task...
What kind of nonsense is this?

Obviously, both have unique interfaces with unique features.

P0werVR1684d ago


We all know that, the difference is Xbox One's snap feature. He stated it clearly.

Xbox One will have a better and seamless UI, IMO so far of what has been shown by either company.

GT671684d ago (Edited 1684d ago )

i think SONY and MS was in the same investor meeting
coming out with close multitasking features in consoles. you would think 2 seperate companies would have 2 entirely different features and offers than anything close to offer as it is.

they both have spies working in each companies.

paul-p19881684d ago (Edited 1684d ago )

@GT67 The spy is double agent Phil Harrison! We all knew this, and now the truth is out, he's passing the multi-tasking information between the 2 companies haha

BallsEye1684d ago

Nidia cloudlight demo. Same computing MS is advertising. How about that..hmm? 500 ms still looks amazing.

Ritsujun1684d ago (Edited 1684d ago )

Not hard enough, Xbosh, try harder and harder.

Whrz da pAwAA of tEh ClOudz?

come_bom1684d ago (Edited 1684d ago )

"Hmm, I'm surprised no one's yelled "TEH CLOUDZORZ" into my ear yet. "

Actually, Microsoft hardly talks about the cloud. It's Sony fanboys that are always yelling "TEH CLOUDZORZ". Just take a look at all X1 news in N4G and see for your self, starting with this article (for example you!)... just saying.

HiddenMission1684d ago


I did read it and one of the points he said makes MS stand out from Sony is Blu-Ray...yeah didn't MS and it's fanboys say that it wasn't needed and now it's what helps to have them stand out.

Last time I checked PS4 still plays Blu-Ray disks...

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theWB271685d ago (Edited 1685d ago )

Pretty much yeah. I don't think it's to the extent of the X1..but I think you could be playing a game on PS4...go to the store buy a game and still continue to play the former game while the new one downloads.

It's the snap features that's not known if the PS4 does like...

PS- This article title implies it was another interview of Micro comparing the two when it's not the case at all.

mithril1685d ago

PS3 and Xbox 360 already do multitasking. receive message text while playing is multitasking. The only difference between Xbox One and PS4 in multitasking is: Xbox one use 3 OS instead of one. but it's not rely an advantage because more resources is used to doing this king of multitasking.

xxV0rschlaghammer1684d ago

That's why MS is using 3.5GB RAM for their non-game OS and Sony is using 4GB? lol?

LoydX-mas1684d ago


The X1 has an additional 8 gigs of flash memory.
Remember 8gb of ddr3 AND 8gb of flash.

Sarick1684d ago

Having these capabilities can be both good or bad it all depends on how "YOU" want to use "YOUR" system. How much are we willing to sacrifice in performance to get these added toys.

Think of it like a paycheck. You get paid and it's your money to manage. Think of that money as CPU. How you spend it is dependent on needs and luxuries. With a console having a bunch of background features do take resources.

If this amounts to a lot of overhead then it can affect performance. When I buy a console the investment is for games. I'm not interested in the cable TV hookup, twitter. Yes, I want an entertainment device but it shouldn't sacrifice the core reason for buying the console IE:gaming.

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n4rc1685d ago

As I understand it... Both will do multitasking.

But x1 is essentially multiple systems.. Running a game and you can open a video and not lose any performance in the game... Whereas ps4 i think has to share resources between tasks...

Tv integration is huge for me..

strickers1684d ago

Oh dear. TV integration is huge for you? I feel a bit sad that you NEED all the junk , meaning you HAVE to buy XB :-)

waltercross1684d ago

PS4 can Multitask, but the way Sony sees it is if you're playing a game you won't be watching a movie and in a way that's so true. Besides I have a DVR.

ShinMaster1684d ago

Cable TV, something that you already have and pay for, is huge?

Kryptonite42O1684d ago

I was looking forward to the TV integration as a nice perk. im a bit dissappointed that it won't be available in Canada at launch..

"Q: With the Xbox One’s TV features, I’ve heard a lot about what’s going to be available in the U.S., but what about Canada? What kinds of apps and services will we be getting?

Jeff Rivait: We haven’t specified our complete app line up but HDMI TV out will work, they’ll just be those Xbox interactive layers on top of that. We continue to be focused on making sure that the best and most used apps on the Xbox 360 are going to come over first and the rest will make their way over time"

Well you would sure hope the HDMI OUT works at launch..

n4rc1684d ago

I still don't get how people cant understand this...

Yes I already have cable.. What's your point?
I like the idea of watching TV while still having access to everything on my Xbox.. I can watch TV in the snapped screen, perfect for when I want to watch a hockey game but friends want to play..

And how exactly is it not going to work? Its hdmi-in... Your location doesn't affect that... Some things will be us only at first, yes... But not the core feature..

It integrates, not replaces...

Shake_Zula1684d ago

I think too much weight gets put into the current generation in regards to future predictions and influence on next-gen hardware and software features. Too often do we gamers neglect the fundamental concepts powering gaming technology.

Here's the key word: Virtualization

The Xbone (forgive the laziness; I actually like the name) is obviously a HEAVILY modified core version of Windows 8 running a specialized implementation of Hyper-V. On the PS4 side of things, we have a custom FreeBSD Linux OS running an optimized hypervisor with a shared database backend that is contained within the OS.

Now, if you look at virtualization technologies in the IT world between Linux's VMware and MS's Hyper-V, VMware wins out everytime with respect to performance. MS has been playing the catch up game for quite awhile. But, these are server-grade technologies where you might have dozens of virtual machines simultaneously at a time. The PS4 and Xbone may be running 5 simultaneously at the most. So, UI switching or ambient feature sets will likely be the same with maybe a slight edge to the Xbone in terms of app closing times.

Aside from the APU difference in favor of the PS4, the real dealbreaker in preference lies in the difference in RAM usage. Both systems have it's pros and cons.

The eSRAM chip in the Xbone will act as a fast lane for textures, and it is faster than GDDR5. The drawback is that it is only 32MB, which means that while the "in your face" textures will load up quickly and smoothly from eSRAM cache, long draw distances will probably victim of texture pop loading from DDR3 cache flushes and migrations. Think graphical nearsightedness; DirectX with draw distance integrated is probably what makes it all look good after all is said and done.

The PS4's unified GDDR5 setup will load the same "in your face" textures marginally slower and less smoothly, but the large memory pool allows for higher definition textures and better quality high draw distance. So, no murky horizons, and quite a bit more development flexibility.

In my opinion, overall high graphic fidelity at the expense of a few frames per second is better than short range high graphic fidelity with high frames per second.

As for everything else, the Xbone has HDMI In, but Sony practically has it hands in everything production media, so IPTV will likely be on the rise soon, especially wit the push for 4K video support.

The ironic thing is that mechanics-wise, the Xbone resembles the PS3 more than the 360, and the PS4 resembles the 360 more than the PS3. All in all, PC gamers ultimately win in about a year or two with the innovations that these consoles are pioneering, especially with DDR4 right around the corner.

cell9891684d ago

I already have a cable box, the xbone would only add more clutter on my home theater system

UnHoly_One1684d ago

Agreed, N4rc.

The thing that kills me with all the Sony trolls is that it is like they have no idea what kind of advantages these features bring to the table.

They just say "I already have TV" or "I can switch back and forth to TV with 2 button presses on my remote", but they are failing to understand the whole point of the thing.

The fact that it is all integrated together is what makes it great. Yes, I can press 1 button right now on my surround sound receiver's remote and switch from TV to 360 or PS3, but guess what, after I do that, I'm completely blind to what is going on on the input I'm not watching.

Being integrated means you can do and switch between whatever you want without giving up anything. I can watch TV while I'm waiting for my buddy to come online, and I'll know the instant he pops on, without having to keep switching back and forth to look for him, because I'll still get that notification over the top of whatever I'm watching.

THAT is the beauty of it.

Yes I already have TV. Yes I can easily switch between that and a game now. But what I can't do is both at the same time. And that is what XB1 is going to do that is going to be amazing. Everything is going to be integrated into my Xbox experience, and it's going to be sweet.

That's what people don't understand about why we like Xbox so much. The user experience, the ease at which you can do all the little things that make your gaming more intuitive, is MILES ahead of PS. Remember, MS is a company that makes Operating Systems. That's why the 360's OS is MILES ahead of Sony.

Look at how easy it is to send and receive invites on 360 vs. PS3. It's 2 button presses to accept an invite to join both a party and play multiplayer with somebody.

Game updates take 5 seconds instead of 10 - 15 minutes, regardless of how old the game is and how many updates are out for it.

It's night and day difference, guys, and unless you spent a lot of time with both consoles I get why you don't understand that. You quite literally don't know what you are missing out on.

So you can have your "30% power advantage". If it even makes any difference at all in multiplats I'll be surprised, but I'll happily give up a few frames per second to have a much better overall experience.

And I would imagine that just like this gen, I'll play the occasional PS exclusive, be amazed at how great it looks, then go back to my Xbox and thank the gaming gods that I only have to deal with Sony's UI once every six months or so when I want to play a game I can't get on Xbox.

Bolts1684d ago

I'm tempted to get the Xbox One based on these features alone. I'm really sick of how slow and cumbersome my Dish guide is and I wish that there's a seamless way to get to the channels that I want without having to remember what channel Games of Thrones is on.

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xKugo1685d ago

I think Sony PS4 multi-tasking and streaming are handled with a secondary chip on the main SoC, meant to avoid the restriction of resources from games. Basically, it ensure that games aren't "robbed" by apps, video streaming and other secondary functions to ensure that PlayStation gamers get the maximum performance out of their games.

XB1_PS41684d ago

The question that was asked, had PS4 directly mentioned in it.

trywizardo1684d ago

its more than that you can play game pause it go to internet back to the game pause it watch a video (like a walkthrouh) then continue , same goes to movies
and for the people who says MS talk about PS4 more than X1 obviously you've missed PS4 the early day witch sony was talking and trolling X1 more than talking about PS4 and they forgot even to show games
and if you wanna argue with me just bubble me cause this damn site won't give me nough bubble

boing11684d ago

Yes, PS4 will have multitasking.

TheGrimReaper00111684d ago

Yes, they confirmed this
The big difference between is that with XBox One, you have snap feature, where you see 2 things side by side. For instance 75% of the screen you see the game and 25% of the screen (left or right) you see Skype or something like that. Ever seen Windows 8? It works exactly like that.
PS4 doesn't use a snap feature, but you can run multiple apps on it and you switch between them with the ps button and touchpad. They havent really showed this off, but im gonna take a gues and say it works a bit like the vita, where you can open like 4 different things, press the ps button to go home and use a different app, while the others are still working in the background
Honestly though, I dont know if im gonna use multiple apps at the same time
I just turn on my gaming console to game

cell9891684d ago

Yeah I imagine it will be just like the Vita but more sleek and advanced, turn off system and resume gameplay when boot on again. Open multiple apps and switch in between them, install while playing etc etc

phosphor1121684d ago

"We can't actually think of anything unique, so we'll list of things the PS4 has."

Sarick1684d ago (Edited 1684d ago )

"Doesn't the PS4 have some sort of multitasking too?"

Yes. You can hook it up to a TV that has multiple HDML connections including a laptop or TV box. Just switch between the TV inputs and it doesn't cost the PS4 a single CPU cycle. I assume it can do multiple things like background downloading while playing a game. This is great! I wouldn't want it running a bunch background services that use up a lot of system resources. I'd rather the developers have more development potential.

As for the feature to watch for "match is ready!" If the controller has a decent speaker and rumble one can watch TV until the controller is notified. I did this ALL the time while mufti-tasking online games. would switch from Netflix, TV, MMO (PC), MMO (PC) and internet using a SINGLE TV.

As far as I can tell most of these multi-tasking features could be done using a decent home media setup. These things are cool and all but I'm a gamer and all this OVERHEAD designed into the console means to utilize the full potential something must be sacrificed.

It's like people who want BC and people who say just hook up the real device and forget BC. The same could be done for consoles. Let the consoles be designed to play the games at full potential. If someone wants to watch TV that's why we have multiple Input devices and picture in picture TVs.

We all know how when you buy a new name brand PC most of the time you need to either reinstall everything fresh or flat out clean house. If we don't want all that BLOATware on our PCs we shouldn't want it running in the background on our consoles either.

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MEGANE1685d ago

$100 and inferior hardward set both apart, enough said!

CrossingEden1685d ago

Inferior hardware yet ps4 has no games that run at 1080p and 30fps while xb1 does. Hmmm.

Gentlemanlygamer19921685d ago (Edited 1685d ago )

Are you stupid? Infamous SS And Killzone SF say Hi.

Edit: Why all the dissagrees? Killzone Shadowfall runs at 30 fps at 1080p for single player and 60fps at 1080p on multiplayer. I believe Indamous is also 30fps at 1080p. I'm not sure at that one.

TKCMuzzer1685d ago (Edited 1685d ago )

Considering no games are complete yet it's probably best not to make this kind of comment, wait a couple of months first.

Gentlemanlygamer19921685d ago

Again. Killzone Shadowfall runs at 1080p at 60fps. Name one game on Xbone that runs at 1080p at 60fps. Forza doesn't count because its a racing game with Pre-baked lighting, horrible backgrounds, etc. drive club is 1080p 30+fps and they are still trying to shoot for 60fps locked.

dantesparda1684d ago

How many games run at 1080/60fps on X1? Forza? and dont say Titanfall cuz they said that they are aiming for it (as in not guaranteed yet). Here's an excerpt from a DF article:

Digital Foundry: Will it run at 60 frames per second?

Drew McCoy: We're not talking about it [laughs]. I'll say that the guys who are doing it are really smart and they're doing a good job on it. We're fairly hands-off on it. We're not telling them what to do but we have calls about it, we see it, we sync our Perforces... it's not going to be its own separate crazy off-shoot game with different content. The goal is to have the same gameplay experience.

Digital Foundry: 1080p60 on Xbox One?

Drew McCoy: We'll see how performance goes. Frame-rate is king.

And btw, everything you've seen of Titanfall so far has been on the PC not the X1. So thats not a guarantee, so what else? And the only reason Forza does it is because they sacrificing graphic quality for framerate

pyramidshead1684d ago

you better hope nothing happens to forza in development lol. it's the only game left on the XB1 that was touting 1080p60fps.

phosphor1121684d ago

-Killer Instinct is running at 720p @ 60fps.
-Titanfall isn't 1080p, but it's also 60fps.
-Forza 5 looks nice and pretty at 1080p @ 60fps... but it features static baked in lighting and no weather, while the competitor GT5 and 6 feature both of those... one generation behind (granted, I'm sure Turn 10 has the power... but they are just rushing this thing out the gate)
-Ryse is 1080p(?) at 30fps and we've all seen footage of that... downgrade from initial reveal is just crazy. Maybe it's just the MP that looks bad, but really the SP looked so much better. It doesn't even make sense.
-We've seen ZERO multiplat games demoed on Xbox1, including BF4, which Xbox fans have attacked Sony for because a preview came out saying it looked rough. Where is the X1 version? Seriously?
-KZSF is 1080p at 30fps in SP and nearing 60fps in MP with plenty of dev time to go...
-Infamous Second Son is 1080p @ 30fps.
-Driveclub is 1080p @ 30fps with goals for 60fps (we have yet to see anything above 30 though) but it features fully dynamic skyboxes and clouds with fully dynamic day/night lighting and dynamic atmospheric effects with the inclusion of weather somewhere down the line.

Seriously dude. You're trying too hard.

cell9891684d ago

Nothing in your xbone looks better than Killzone Shadowfall and that one runs 1080p 60fps in multiplayer, Forza is all smoke n mirrors

Ezz20131684d ago (Edited 1684d ago )

dude you have no idea what your talking about
and what sad is that you believe your self

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corvusmd1685d ago

You sound like a mindless monkey when you say ignorant crap like that....get your facts straight already. You may have yourself fooled, but anyone that actually pays attention just realizes how foolish you look.

Fireseed1685d ago

So is your studio going to be taking advantage of the "50%" extra power?

abusador1685d ago

Infamous already looks better thn anything nxt gen on either console so I guess thts a start.

ExCest1685d ago


That's very much arguable. Graphical fidelity of exclusives usually depends on the skill of the developers (or a hugely significant difference in specs; and don't say "Oh, 50% moar dat's signifcant." Or both).

We'd have to compare multiplats to "prove" that the PS4 will look better and be "taking advantage of the '50%' extra power".

Omegasyde1685d ago


"My studio" (I own Sony stocks so I own .000001% of naughty dog and .000000000001% of Santa Monica Games) will prove you otherwise once their next gen titles release.

waltercross1684d ago (Edited 1684d ago )

@ ExCest

What???, No Exclusives prove the power, not Multiplats.

EDIT: You take a Exclusive from XB1 and compare it to an exclusive from PS4, everyone knows this so no Idea why you made that comment.

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NatureOfLogic1685d ago

50% weaker Xbox One performance and Sony quality exclusives is what really sets the the two apart.

corvusmd1685d ago (Edited 1685d ago )

Why would you name yourself nature of logic, when you clearly don't have any. Please, explain to me which game on PS4 looks 50% better than ANY game on XB1....don't worry I'll wait. (and answer honestly, just saying Deep Down or KZ shows that you only see what you want to see) know what...say whatever you want, I've already lost all respect for your clueless opinion....I won't even check what you say.

Ittoryu1685d ago (Edited 1685d ago )

He didn't say they look 50% better he said ps4 has 50% more power. We don't know what the games will look like on either system as M$ was running PC's with Nivida cards at E3 and Sony has shown everything on dev kits. Another thing someone said they will only out put 1080p. Why would they need to out put anything over 1080p unless you're playing on a giant tv ( I mean like 55" or 65") your eye cannot tell the difference between 1080p and a higher resolution unless the screen size is bigger than 42". It's like saying well they don't put out 4k so I don't want it. Who cares? You can't tell the difference anyway.

Belking1685d ago

yea, but ps4 games like killzone and drive clubs are the ones that are struggling with That is what sets them apart. xb1 games aren't struggling. We already seen how battlefield turn out on ps4. 720p 60 will be 1080p 60fps on xb1.

abusador1685d ago

Lol hahahaha dead rising and crap rysensay hello, dead rising is struggling hard just to get 30 fps lol so stop lying man your embarrasing. Both Drive club and kznsf mp are aiming for 60 fps when inirially tht wasnt the target so thts not struggling.

GiggMan1685d ago

Don't you think Dice would have shown off the Xbox One version if that was the case? Hmmmm....

TheSsus1685d ago

1080p 60 fps? On XB1? Never go full retard... 720p son.

Darkfire3691685d ago

DICE never said X1 was going to look better than PS4. If anything, both versions will have to be close to each other, so if PS4 is worse (apparently to you), the X1 version will have to look like the PS4 version in the end.