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PS4 vs Xbox 720 Specs: Conflicting Rumours Hit The Net

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Jonathan Lester
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PS4 vs Xbox 720 Specs: Conflicting Rumours Hit The Net

The latest rumours about the next generation of Microsoft and Sony consoles suggest that the PlayStation 4 will have a computational power advantage over its rival, but will pack substantially less RAM. Or not, depending on who you listen to. For completeness' sake, here are the latest contradictory reports out of CES so you can make your own mind up.

According to VG247, several developmental sources have suggested that the PS4 - codenamed 'Orbis' - will have a run-capability of 1.7 terraFLOPS. In comparison, the next Xbox console ('Durango'), has been placed at 1.23 TFLOPS which effectively means that the Orbis has a 50% advantage in terms of raw computational power. However, VG247's sources also contend that Durango will pack 8GB of RAM (with 3GB dedicated to the OS), while the Orbis carries 4GB in total.

Both machines will apparently support 100GB Blu-Ray discs.

Before you hit the comments, however, NowGamer's report tells a very different story. Their "insider" source has apparently informed them that both consoles perform at 3.2 TFLOPS and boast 8GB of RAM, but Durango will have the edge with a dedicated 'Oban' blitter (speed-enhancing microprocessor). NowGamer purports that both Sony and Microsoft have been keeping a close eye on each other's progress and reacting to every rumoured innovation with new enhancements, which can only benefit us consumers if true.

The insider also suggests that the next Xbox will deliver better ports and exclusives than Sony's offering in no uncertain terms. "Every multiplatform or third party game will look better on Xbox Next," he claimed, even going as far as stating that first party Xbox 720 games "will look better then other company's offerings."

In conclusion, we're still no closer to knowing what exactly the next generation of consoles will be capable of. The only common ground seems to be an agreement on the Xbox 720's 8GB of RAM, which is definitely a step in the right direction.

So, erm, does anyone want to weigh in on this? Or can we get back to our Thursday evening?

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DrTrouserPlank  Jan. 17, 2013 at 19:07

Call me jaded from gaming since the mid eighties; I've seen a lot. The niche console market that existed back then, the "Golden age" of video games, all the way through to the cinematic blockbuster experiences we have with games now.

You know what? I actually don't care anymore. The modern direction of consoles has pushed them irretrievably down the path of being low spec PC's what with their features and hardware. The lines that used to be drawn between consoles with their wealth of exclusive titles and PC's has been blurred.

Potentially this is the first generation of consoles that I may sit out since I started gaming way back when. I only adopted this gen in 07/08 and unless there is overwhelming forces that drive me to deviate from my new PC build to consoles, it is possibly the first generation of consoles that I may pick up when they are "bargain price".... if at all.

I think the "console" has had it's day; partly as I said earlier because I see the boundaries between consoles and PC's being closer than ever.

The massive industry, highly profitable businesses shelling out multi-million dollar fees to produce games has not all been for the good.

I kind of miss my 8-bit platform games that once utterly captivated me as if they were magic.

... it's that magic that I feel console gaming has lost in a more general sense.

Last edited by DrTrouserPlank, Jan. 17, 2013 at 19:08
gunnx  Jan. 17, 2013 at 20:03

I know what you mean, being a day one adopter of the current generation I think this time I might sit out or at least wait a good while and see what happens. I'm not sure what the next gen consoles can offer in terms of innovation. I certainly don't want to go down mobile or PC as the only platform to game. The tech specs dont interest me too much, and I can't be bothered if its going to be tedious comparison of games that look 99% the same.

Call me jaded from gaming since the mid eighties; I've seen a lot. The niche console market that existed back then, the "Golden age" of video games, all the way through to the cinematic blockbuster experiences we have with games now.

You know what? I actually don't care anymore. The modern direction of consoles has pushed them irretrievably down the path of being low spec PC's what with their features and hardware. The lines that used to be drawn between consoles with their wealth of exclusive titles and PC's has been blurred.

Potentially this is the first generation of consoles that I may sit out since I started gaming way back when. I only adopted this gen in 07/08 and unless there is overwhelming forces that drive me to deviate from my new PC build to consoles, it is possibly the first generation of consoles that I may pick up when they are "bargain price".... if at all.

I think the "console" has had it's day; partly as I said earlier because I see the boundaries between consoles and PC's being closer than ever.

The massive industry, highly profitable businesses shelling out multi-million dollar fees to produce games has not all been for the good.

I kind of miss my 8-bit platform games that once utterly captivated me as if they were magic.

... it's that magic that I feel console gaming has lost in a more general sense.

K1ngK0ng  Jan. 18, 2013 at 00:48

im born 87, but started soon with gaming,atari c64 etc was the first i played with,so not as long as u,but long ;)
and i can already tell u 5 reasons (could be more) to buy the next gen consoles:
Santa Monica Studios (GoW),Naughty Dog (Uncharted), Quantic Dream (heavy Rain), Ninja Theory (Enslaved) and Kojima Productions (Metal Gear). Those 5 studios never did release (except quantic dream,but that was long ago^^) a game for the PC and i think they never will and all 5 did release some of the best games ever made imo (only mentioned one game per studio in the () ). And i really cant wait to see new games for the next gen from them ;)

Last edited by K1ngK0ng, Jan. 18, 2013 at 00:50

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