9 Reasons the Xbox One Is Better Than The PS4

Both Next Gen consoles are on their way to market and with what we know of their specs, there isn’t much outside of brand name and chassis design to differentiate the two. Historically, there has usually been a clear winner in the console market when it came down to hardware and specs. NES was topped by the Genesis, which was topped by the N64, which was succeeded by the PS-One. The list goes on. Manufacturers seemed to take turns releasing the best hardware every generation, and proclaim market dominance through their exclusive game libraries.

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badboy7761861d ago ShowReplies(5)
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DivineAssault 1861d ago

lmao! Name the reasons PS4 is better as well to make this article worth reading

culpepper5161861d ago

a lot of reasons aren't that substantial.

1. I do believe that Xbox has the better software, and it's tv functionality is cool. unfortunately it comes at the sacrifice of game quality, which doesnt work for me.
2. Titanfall is the only worthwhile exclusive, but its sequels will come to ps4, and microsoft will stop releasing exclusives as they have previously done.
3. many first hand accounts have stated that the xbox controller feels worse than the previous iteration, whereas the ps4 controller has been improved immensely.
4. Kinect? not worth $100. I have the option to buy for $60 if I prefer to do so.
5. HDMI In - refer to 1.
6. skype is cool, although it feels more like branding than benefits. voice chat is fine in-game, and I doubt video chat on ps4 is sub par.
7. With ps4 likely to grab the market I expect developers to prepare for larger amounts of online gamers and no more online launch issues like the old Call of Duty's. most internet issues involves one's own connection
8. DDR3 Ram? not a chance...
9. A video game console with less focus on video games as a positive feature? oh.

GameNameFame1861d ago (Edited 1861d ago )

And PS4 has more important reasons for gamers like me.


-Btw, Skype will be on PS4 as well. Skype confirmed this.

-Considerable better graphics.
-Far better Hardware. GPU is 56 percent alone.
-Better First Party Studios.
-A lot better track record. Unlike MS, which temporarily buys off exclusives, but exclusives drys out launch. Just like Xbox 360.
-Heavily Games Focused.
-Still gets dedicated servers. Fanboys were trying to argue only Xbox One will have dedicated servers, but BF4 and COD both has dedicated servers on PS4.

Gozer1861d ago

If you ask me, dedicated servers should be on the list. The use of dedicated servers cut out server side cheating, host migration, most lag, and allows for higher player counts if the dev chooses. Dedicated servers is a big reason I am going with the X1.

GmIsOnPt3601861d ago

agreed on all accounts other than controller, 360 was near perfect and xbox one has taken a step back. ps3 was pure crap and has taken step foward. so to recap xbox 360 A to xbox one B, ps3 D to ps4 C...

Gamer6661861d ago

1. Unproven that the UI is any better than PS4 as the real interface has yet to really be shown.
2. Exclusive quality is a matter of preference not fact. What is a fact is that MS tends to have more exclusives early in the gen then Sony and Sony has more exclusives near the end. This should push typical gamers to buy X1 now and PS4 later when their exclusives start really showing up.
3. I have used the new controller and I feel it is better. Lighter and the trigger feedback in Forza rocks. D-pad also improved.
4. Kinect will not appeal to all, but for me it is a plus... As for the $60 option... This is a new Kinect with better recognition, resolution, etc. so $100 isn't a big deal
5. The HDMI out is nice for Backwards Compatibility. I can hook my X360 through an X1 and use only one input in my receiver.
6. MS has proven chat and cross game chat capabilities. PS4 is just adding cross game chat so the feature is unproven. So, MS wins on reputation.
7. PS4 is peer-to-peer networking, MS is going with centralized this round. Peer-to-peer has proven cheating is easier. But, centralized is unproven. So 7 is unproven on both sides right now.
8. Unproven on both sides. We won't know what architecture is better until a few years go by.
9. Diversity is good, but I am not sure PS4 is any less capable. To me, this is unproven.

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Godmars2901861d ago

Doesn't Sony pretty much own Reason #2? Have stronger 1st and 2nd party support?

Blackdeath_6631861d ago

yeah and reason 8 is absolute bullshit heres why

The latency trap: GDDR5 RAM takes more clock cycles to fetch data. There's lots of.misinformation on how because of this, GDDR5 has a higher latency than DDR3. However, GDDR5 is clocked much higher than DDR3 - resulting in lower latency. This post incorrectly stated that GDDR5 has a higher latency - thanks to people who pointed it out!

What this means is that at best, the Xbox One will be somewhat inferior to the PS4 memory-wise. At worst, horribly inferior. It's not physically possible for the XO to have an advantage over the PS4 memory-wise.

Ok, next, we have GPU power.

12 compute units on Radeon GPU for Xbox One, 853 MHz
18 compute units on otherwise identical Radeon GPU for PS4, 800 MHz

Here is another place where it is physically impossible for the Xbox One to outperform the PS4. The 6.6% clock speed difference will not neutralize the 50% compute units advantage that the ps4 gpu has. It's not possible for the XO to be more powerful than the PS4, given all others are identical.

Then, we have CPU power.

8 core AMD Jaguar based CPU at 1.75 GHz
8 core AMD Jaguar based CPU otherwise identical speculated to be 1.6 GHz

The exact clocks for the PS4 haven't been revealed yet, however speculation points it at 1.6 GHz. XO has an advantage in the CPU side. This 9% difference matters a lot less in multiplat games - you're not going to put a core feature only one platform has. In fact, read on for the software side.

** Software / OS **

The Xbox one runs two virtual machines - as apps like Skype and games run on different OSes (in addition to a third, the hypervisor). Server grade AMD CPUs with hardware virtualization suffers a 15% performance penalty when running under a virtual machine, in the best case scenario. [

Remember, AMD's Jaguar is a mobile / low power architecture. I think it's fairly safe to call that even with a higher clock speed, XB1 CPU performance is going to be worse than PS4. Ouch.

The PS4 runs a operating system called Orbis OS, derived from BSD.

Next, the Xbox OS reserves 10% of the GPU for Kinect, even if Kinect isn't plugged in. Before you get out the pitchforks, I expect that the PS4 OS reserves a similar amount GPU-wise, maybe trivially different by a couple percentage points.

** Benchmarks **

As MS has said, the best way to judge performance is via the games (benchmarks). Using ghosts, we have a 125% resolution advantage ( 1920 * 1080 ) / ( 1280 * 720) for the PS4 and ~10% fps advantage (which we can observe when it falls beneath the target). This computes to a 137% performance advantage for the PS4. Like 100 apples vs 237 apples. Ouch. I expect that the gap will close in when cross plats are designed around the 32MB ESRAM to BF4'S 41% ps4 advantage.

** Conclusion **

For pretty much all intents and purposes, it's not physically possible for the XB1 to beat the PS4 in graphical or computing power. The reason is that they have very similar architectures. Any optimization regarding the ESRAM on the XO can only bridge the difference, as the 32MB ESRAM is much much slower than 8GB of GDDR5 RAM on the PS4. Any optimization regarding low level GPU / CPU can be applied to both platforms.

Some people say, look at Forza 5! But I can tell you, the same graphics are achievable on a PS4. If it was to be ported, the differences be SDK (controller, network, OS interactions), not graphics.

heliumhead20301861d ago

This rant is so wrong and misguided. Don't be so native, your ps4 is not that powerful. bf4 comparisons are out bro the proof is the pudding

PsychoSupaman1861d ago

Way too much time on your hands bro! My advice is for you to 1. Don't buy a PS4 or Xbox One. 2. Get a life

That is all..

FuturePerspective1860d ago

The PS4's GPU is actually clocked at 860 MHz.

adorie1860d ago

Don't forget

PS4 = 32 ROPS

Xbox One = 16 ROPS

Clarence1855d ago

Excellent break down.

I just got back from GameStop and this employee told me that a Sony rep said that the Xbox 1 is better console because it's faster. I asked her to elaborate. Then I asked her why would a Sony rep say that their console is weaker?

I called her on her BS

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nukeitall1861d ago (Edited 1861d ago )


Not at launch, and we don't really know what MS has up it's sleeves.

MS is the third party exclusive master.

Godmars2901861d ago

No. No they're not. Bioshock and the ME series would be exclusive if they were. Skyrim. MS's reputation with with indies would be better.

Really, looking at launch the PS4 has tons of support where the XB1 needed to shift 360 games. And mS's been forced to change some policies to be more friendly.

Hicken1861d ago

Sony has so many more third party exclusives than Microsoft it's not even funny...

DragonKnight1861d ago

@nukeitall: LMAO! You think Microsoft stands any chance against Sony in exclusive, high quality games? Sony trounced Microsoft 2 generations in a row with exclusive high quality games, what makes you think this generation will be any different? Not at launch? You understand that people don't just buy a console for the sake of what the console itself offers right? More people are interested in the PS4 and its launch games than in the X1 and its launch games. Look it up for yourself. PS4 is trouncing X1 in pre-order numbers, and Killzone is trouncing all X1 games in pre-orders. Give it up, seriously.

OT: The list is ridiculous.

1. The author has clearly not seen the X1 OS because all he's doing is relaying his experience with Windows 8 (which the majority of users who have tried it HATE) and stating that MS are a software company. That's not evidence of a better interface or OS especially considering how bloated and unnecessary the X1's OSs (there are 3) are.

2. Are you f*cking serious? No exclusive racers? Driveclub moron! Exclusive games? Sony has trounced Microsoft for the entirety of the PS2 and PS3's existence in games. How is this time any different?

3. Arguably is a reason now? The DS4 has been highly praised and is based on an award winning design. But you know, it's all about preference in the end.

4. Kinect is not a reason the X1 is better than the PS4. Only the most diehard MS fanboys think it is, but the general consensus about Kinect from Xbox 360 to the Present day is that it's a useless peripheral with no good games.

5. So people can plug their superior PS4 into the Xbox One. Yep, that's a real reason the X1 is better. /s

6. Skype? You mean the program that's free everywhere else EXCEPT on the Xbox One? You mean the program that Microsoft monitors the conversations of its users on? That Skype?

7. Oh geez, the 300K servers again. We don't know how many of those servers are physical, and how many are virtual. We do know that MS' dedicated servers for third parties will be virtual though. Oh and look, a dig at the PSN issue in which no one's personal data was stolen and wasn't actually a hack, yet every day people lose access to their Live accounts on Microsoft's watch. Yeah, so much better. /s

8. LMAO! DDR3 BETTER THAN GDDR5?! BAHAHAHA! This doesn't even deserve the dignity of a proper response.

9. This part here... "Microsoft has made claims that gaming would cease to be the primary focus of the XBox and simply become one of its many features" is why the X1 is worse than the PS4, not better.

MysticStrummer1861d ago (Edited 1861d ago )

The first three can be argued in PS4's favor. The 4th is a negative for many people because they don't want a camera and it adds to the price. The 5th is valid. The 6th is valid, as long as the consumer understands and supports the idea that the required system resources could have been used for gaming. The 7th remains to be seen, but those 300,000 servers will also be hosting every bit of cloud enabled software MS has brought to market, and they are virtual servers which could be no advantage at all. The 8th and 9th are valid, provided gaming isn't the primary reason to own a gaming console.

This list supports what I have said since before XB1 was revealed, which is that the console's primary functions are multimedia and multitasking, not gaming. We're about to find out how many consumers want that from a gaming console, but it doesn't bode well for MS that many newer smart TVs have features that make XB1's irrelevant. That doesn't exactly promote the idea of being future proof.

callahan091861d ago

Did it ever occur to anyone who goes on and on about the Xbox One's games library that Microsoft moved a bunch of their developments from 360 to One to pad out the launch window? Meanwhile, Sony has shown continued strong support for the PS3? The reason the One has a couple extra exclusives is because the 360 has been abandoned by Microsoft. There are exactly 3 disc-based retail games that Microsoft has released (or will release) in 2013 for the Xbox 360: Gears of War Judgment, Zoo Tycoon, and Minecraft.

YAY! Such support for the 360, huh? The only real exclusive for core gamers this whole year is Gears of War Judgment, and that was back at the very beginning of the year. Zoo Tycoon? Come on... Minecraft? My 4 and a half year old laptop that was a bargain bin laptop even at that time can play that game, I don't need a console to play Minecraft.

Sony on the other hand has released Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, MLB 13: The Show, God of War: Ascension, The Last of Us, Puppeteer, and Beyond: Two Souls, and still will release later this year Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus and Gran Turismo 6.

In the same year that they are releasing the PS4, Sony has released a huge selection of retail, core games. Rather than abandoning their console and moving all developments onto the new machine, current generation owners are still be treating to tons of new experiences.

This shows the quantity of developments that Sony devotes. Now that these games are all out, developments are swinging over to the PS4 and you'll start to see huge quantities of releases on the PS4 next year and in the future. Microsoft won't be able to keep up, even if they have a 3 or so game advantage in the launch window.

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