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?