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The Xbox One and PS4 share similar specs, but the devil’s in the details

Ars Technica compare and contrast the next-gen consoles' innards just in time for launch.

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LoTuZ986d ago

The devil is always in the details.

Eonjay986d ago (Edited 986d ago )

Agreed:

"...the PS4's beefier GPU will give it the performance edge in the long term, but this console war is one that will be fought primarily with software and services, not with silicon."

JokesOnYou986d ago

Good Read:

"In any case, we certainly aren't looking at the kind of difference in graphical quality you see in some cross-platform games from earlier in the PS3 and Xbox 360 generation, where graphical details could differ significantly between platforms. As we've mentioned, these two consoles are largely capable of rendering the exact same scene in the exact same way. Even though the Xbox One has a slightly faster CPU, the PS4 has a larger GPU. And both consoles take different approaches to delivering developers similar amounts of memory and memory bandwidth."

"One thing is clear: the era of the console wars that focused entirely on raw specifications is already on the wane following the PS3 and Xbox 360 generation. You have to dig pretty deep and have strong moral objections to resolution scaling to find significant arguments about console specs in this day and age (unless you're arguing about the Wii U, of course)."

"Microsoft and Sony will bend over backwards to tell you how different one console (their console) is from the competition, but in the end the boxes are very, very similar, even if they're not identical. If early games are any indication, the PS4's beefier GPU will give it the performance edge in the long term, but this console war is one that will be fought primarily with software and services, not with silicon."

LoydX-mas986d ago

Jokes,

Your post shows the blatant fanboys here since all you did was post a direct quote........but still got disagrees?!?!?! :)

Sono421986d ago

i'll amdit I disagreed with jokes without even reading... why? Because I know he's ignorant and no matter what the news is he will somehow try to spin it. If it's Xbox negative.. he will spin it into something Xbox Posotive or if it's PS4 positive he will try to spin it into PS4 Negative even though the facts are always contrary to what he is saying.. so yes.. now I just disagree as soon as I see a post from him.

GrandTheftZamboni986d ago

"...Battlefield is running at 1280×720 on the Xbox One but 1600×900 resolution on the PS4. Both versions are running at 60 frames per second and look mostly similar from a normal viewing distance..."

Now 57% more pixels is "mostly similar", but last gen some minor pixelation on PS3 Bioshock was a huge difference???

Gaming media is nothing more than a marketing tool for the highest bidder, pretending to be unbiased. They crossed the line of being relevant, except for dumb consumers who think they are making a wise choice following reviewers' advice.

n4rc985d ago

Ars usually has good reads.

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pharmd986d ago

LoTuZ, thats exactly what I came in to say. +1

AngelicIceDiamond986d ago

"There are differences between the way the Xbox One renders something and the way the PS4 renders it, but the gap is much narrower than in previous generations."

Can't argue with that.

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KimoNoir986d ago

1280x720 vs 1600x900 and 1920x1080 is a larger gap in performance capability.

But unfortunately for most, you havent experienced this type of gaming unless you have a capable Gaming machine (pc).

Once you experience this generation in higher resolutions, youll cry once you go from 1920x1080 to 1280x720.

denawayne985d ago

Cyco-you do realize the X1 is being upscaled, right?

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C-Thunder986d ago

Wonder how long after these are out before these sites drop the niceties and start calling it strait?

RandomDude655986d ago

Never dat Microsoft money will keep them dishonest.

first1NFANTRY986d ago (Edited 986d ago )

Especially in Muricaaaa. The patriotism of some of these sites is frightening.

stuna1986d ago

You can bet it'll be real quick! Probably somewhere around Christmas.

nmeyers986d ago (Edited 986d ago )

After the consoles come out, I am done looking at news/rumor/crap sites :D It is just keeping me busy for now.

Edit: I realized most of this is not news....

lonz358986d ago (Edited 986d ago )

A tech site downplaying the hardware and saying it's more about the software and services lol

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http://i.imgur.com/sNgltsP....

"The short version of that story is that the newest Battlefield is running at 1280×720 on the Xbox One but 1600×900 resolution on the PS4. Both versions are running at 60 frames per second and look mostly similar from a normal viewing distance of eight-to-10 feet"

C-Thunder986d ago

Lol, yeah. My couch is about that far from my tv and I can sure tell a difference in resolutions. When I play games though, I usually sit about four to five feet away. Probably not good for my eyes, just the way I've played since I was a child, setting in front of the tv. Looks like my xbox will only be for exclusives this gen.

H0RSE986d ago (Edited 986d ago )

I'm sure many people can tell the difference between 1080p and 720p, but that isn't really the case here. The case here is 1080p native vs 1080p unscaled - now the gap is closed substantially. I'm not saying people still can't see the difference, I'm saying that at this point, it's largely negligible.

Resolution likely won't be the differences people see, it will be the details, like draw distance and AA. One version very well may/will look better than the other, but there won't be a clear winner, and instead each version will be trading blows with one another. It's to the point where anyone claiming that one version looks substantially better than the other, should be taken with a grain of salt.

KingTrash986d ago (Edited 986d ago )

It'd true though! We know the PS4 is more powerful but if you look at uncompressed 1080p video of both the X1 and PS4 versions of BF4, you can not see any difference! I actually think the X1 version looks a bit better at points but I guess we'll see. That being said, if you weren't comparing them and looking as hard as possible, you'd never know the difference. It will come down to exclusives and services. I'll end up with both just like this gen. I'll have the xbox for the multiplatforms and the PS4 for the must have exclusives. I will definitely be playing anything Naughty Dog makes.

n4rc985d ago

Nobody plays games side by side and frame by frame... No users will actually notice much difference, if any..

Ju986d ago (Edited 986d ago )

I don't recall those sites did all this evaluation, stats and diagrams to justify that 720p are still the better choice when 1080p TVs became the norm. Weird how that goes. Now it seems everybody goes out of their way to proof it doesn't matter. Gonna sell icebergs to the Eskimos I guess.

And above. You serious? You're getting both and deliberately playing the gimped versions on the One - you know the games cost the same, right? I mean, I get it. If you are a fan of the Xbox and you have it, don't bother. It's good enough. But if you both???

HaveAsandwich986d ago

10 feet? wtf is that about? i'm like 4 feet away....

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yewles1986d ago

"Microsoft and Sony will bend over backwards to tell you how different one console (their console) is from the competition, but in the end the boxes are very, very similar, even if they're not identical. 'If early games are any indication, the PS4's beefier GPU will give it the performance edge in the long term, but this console war is one that will be fought primarily with software and services, not with silicon'."

YOU'RE A 'TECH' SITE!!!

Godmars290986d ago

Who gets ad money from MS.

There's also the chance that the XB1 might go against established habit and see some honest, good and diverse 1st party support which explores and exploits the hardware.

RandomDude655986d ago

"diverse 1st party support"

lol lol lol

H0RSE986d ago

The fact that they are a tech site is irrelevant. They can still speak their mind, even if it doesn't coincide with their forte. Just because they are tech-based, doesn't mean that they have to believe that tech/hardware is going to be the key factors in the "console war."

Franky, I believe they are right - the brunt of the war will be fought with software and services, "software" as in "games," and "services" as is well, the multitude of apps each console is offering. Despite PS4 being more powerful, if you remove things like PS+ and their renowned exclusives, what are you left with?