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Well we are about 8 days away from E3 and both Sony and Microsoft have revealed their new consoles but out of the two, which one seems better?  Well here is a breakdown of the two consoles specs so that we can get a better look at what these two industry giants are going to offer in the coming months.

ImageThe PS4

The PS4 will move away from the cell architecture that the PS3 used and will be the first in the Sony series to feature compatibility with the x86-64 instruction set, which is a widely used platform common in many modern PCs.  This is intended to make video game development easier on the next-generation console, so that it will attract a broader range of developers.  It also will include 8 GB of unified memory in the form of GDDR5, a faster Blu-ray Disk drive, and dedicated custom chips for processing audio, video and background tasks. The amount of hard drive space has yet to be announced.

Sony also plans to release the Playstation App, which allows PS4 owners to turn smartphones and tablets into a second screen to enhance gameplay.  They also paln to release Gaikai, which is a cloud-based gaming service that hosts downloadable content and games.  They will also incorporate a share button on the new controller that will make it possible to view in-game content being streamed live from friends.  They also have announce that they are now more focused on social gameplay than they were with the PS3.

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The Xbox One has been classified as an “all-in-one entertainment system” by many publications and will directly compete with Nintendo’s Wii U and the Sony’s PS4 as well as other home media companies such as Apple’s Apple TV and Google’s Google TV.

The Xbox One, like the PS4, will be compatible with the x86-64 instruction set making it easier for developers to develop games for the console and so that they can attract a wider range of developers than they could with the Xbox 360.  It will also feature a Blu-ray Disk drive and 8 GB of unified memory in the form of DDR3.  It will also feature a 500 GB non-replaceable hard drive.  It also will support HDMI 1.4 for both input and output.  It also will have a 1080p Kinect camera built into the console that will allow everyone to utilize future Kinect titles for the console and to use its voice commands for controlling the consoles menu’s and media screens.  Also included with the console will be a built in DVR for recording both your TV shows and your games.

Announced Launch Titles for PS4 (So far):

Example of PS4 Graphics

Example of PS4 Graphics

Need For Speed Rivals

Madden NFL 25

Shadow Warrior

Doki Doki Universe

Wolfenstein: The New Order

FIFA 14

Primal Carnage

Blacklight: Retribution

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witness

Destiny

Diablo III

Drive Club

Deep Down

Watch Dogs

Knack

Infamous: Second Son

Killzone: Shadow Fall

Announced Launch Titles for the Xbox One (So Far):

Example of Xbox One Graphics

Example of Xbox One Graphics

Need For Speed Rivals

EA Sports UFC 14

NBA Live 14

Madden NFL 25

Forza 5

Cyberpunk 2077

The Evil Within

Theif

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Watch Dogs

Destiny

Call Of Duty: Ghosts

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

Battlefield 4

Quantum Break

Shadow Warrior

Wolfenstein: The New Order

FIFA 14

RYSE

My Overall Verdict:

Honestly it’s hard to decide.  Both systems have impressive starting launch titles.  They are both running 8 GB of unified memory and both have a AMD 8 core APU just with slight modifications.  The only real difference between the two is the PS4’s GDDR5 which will run faster than the Xbox One’s DDR3.  But whether that processing speed will be noticeable or not to gamers is unclear.  It really comes down to what the gamers preference is because to me it seems like the Xbox One is more geared toward the casual gamer by having all of its media streaming capabilities and it’s built in Kinect camera and DVR.  The PS4 seems to be more geared toward the more hardcore gamer with its faster processor and by having less built in social media hardware than the Xbox One.  I would have to say that I think the Xbox One will be my winner just because it includes more built in features but this decision is based solely on what has been revealed so far.  I may change my mind once E3 rolls along and the companies make more major announcements regarding the two consoles.  So on June 13, I will definitely keep you updated on all major announcements from E3.

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