"It's A Fantastic Piece Of Hardware"
Avalanche Studios (who still haven't revealed what the heck they're working on) have praised the Xbox One, but suggests that the PlayStation 4 has the edge technology-wise. Which may not matter, since a new console generation "has always meant more than nice graphics."
Avalanche CTO Linus Blomberg remained pragmatic when asked about how the two next-gen consoles stack up by Edge, reminding us that performance has as much to do with drivers as hardware. "It's difficult to say, as it's still early days when it comes to drivers," he said. "With each new driver release, performance increases dramatically in some areas. The PlayStation 4 environment is definitely more mature currently, so Microsoft has some catching up to do. But I'm not too concerned about that as they traditionally have been very good in that area.
"The specs on paper would favour the PS4 over the Xbox One in terms of raw power," Blomberg concluded, "but there are many other factors involved so we'll just have to wait and see a bit longer before making that judgment."
Avalanche founder Christofer Sundberg was quick to wax lyrical about the Xbox One's potential for developers, which they've had access to for some time (in dev kit form, naturally).
"It's a fantastic piece of hardware offering a huge range of possibilities for developers to connect with players in ways that have been close to impossible to date," Sundberg explained.
"Next generation to me has always meant more than nice graphics. I don't really see any big negatives at this point. For me, the success of the new consoles will be determined by how much freedom developers will have to make our gaming experiences customized for our fans."
We recently learned that the Xbox One features an 8-core Jaguar processor and 8GB of DDR3 RAM, while the PS4 boasts a similar amount of more advanced DDR5 memory (more detailed specifications are available - you might be better off hitting up a dedicated tech site). The Xbox One reveal was
utterly tragic and borderline embarrassing received poorly by many, but Microsoft plans to come out swinging at E3 with an impressive games lineup and a focus on the dedicated gaming audience. You can keep up to date with our Xbox One hub.