A question that potential console buyers will ask several times over and over again is which is the best console, the Microsoft Xbox One or the Sony PlayStation 4?
PlayStation 4 v Xbox One – RAM
The PlayStation 4 unit also edges the Microsoft Xbox on RAM (Random Access Memory) specifications, with the PS4 using GDDR5 RAM, while the Xbox One has conventional DDR3 memory. Both consoles have 8GB RAM.
The GDDR5 Random Access Memory is designed for use in demanding applications, such as graphics cards since it has a much complex bandwidth of up to 100GB per sec more than the DDR3 RAM. To counter this shortfall the Xbox One has an extra 32 MB e SRAM frame buffer that helps to cover the gap between the two types of RAM.
PlayStation 4 v Xbox One – Graphics Processing
Both units use an AMD-GPU based on the Radeon HD 7000 series of PC graphics cards. In spite of this there’re still some differences between the two units. On paper the PlayStation 4 graphics processor is 40% stronger with, 1,152 shader processors allowing an input of 1.31 teraflops. In an effort to counteract this shortfall Microsoft decided to boost their GPU speed pre-launch from the normal 800 MHz used by the Higher Definition (HD) 7000 chip to 853 MHz. it’s questionable that this small change in-clock speed would offer an evident improvement with the added processing power of the PlayStation enabling it to perform more tasks concurrently.
PlayStation 4 v Xbox One – Price
The basic PlayStation 4 Console has been priced at £349 and Microsoft Xbox One console at £429. That is quite a difference in starting prices, but what do you really get for your money? Both units come with basics to get you started- the console, HDMI cable, power cable, a headset and controller. The Xbox comes with the Kinect 2 bar while the PS4’s alternative camera is going to cost you around £55.
The Bottom Line
With a faster memory and a stronger GPU it would appear as if the PlayStation 4 slightly out does the Xbox one for graphics power. In spite of these benefits the Xbox One comes back with a marginally faster processor and the addition of an e SRAM buffer to free the weight on the Xbox One’s main memory.
Taking all of these factors into consideration, it’s very difficult to decide which console is better than the other. The question as to which console is better would, in reality, depend on the customer’s personal preferences on matters such as software features, the feel of the controller and exclusive games.