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PS4 vs. Xbox One (2013): Which Console Wins?

Performance and Graphics

In terms of specs, it’s nearly a dead heat between the Xbox One and PS4. Each system has an x86-64 AMD “Jaguar” CPU, AMD Radeon GPU and a 500GB hard drive. The Xbox One’s processor has a faster clock speed of 1.7-GHz, compared to the PS4’s 1.6-GHz CPU.

In terms of memory, each system has 8GB of RAM. However, the PS4 is loaded with more advanced GDDR5 RAM--which is better for driving graphics performance-- while the One has DDR5. Unlike the Xbox One, the PS4’s hard drive is removable, so modders will have an easier time fitting all their games on the system.

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But don’t count the Xbox One out just yet. Navigating through the system’s interface is a much speedier experience compared to the PS4. The system also notched 2381.7ms on the Javascript Sunspider test, toasting the PS4’s time of 4538.3ms. This only measures browser performance, but the delta is intriguing.

Both systems deliver faster install and load times than their predecessors. Waiting 10-15 minutes for an install or update are virtually a thing of the past, thanks to each console’s ability to perform downloads and installs in the background.

Although we’re officially in the era of next-gen gaming, jaw-dropping graphics are few and far between. Titles such as “Forza Motorsport 5” on the Xbox One and “Killzone: Shadow Fall” on PS4 offer breathtaking views, but other titles like “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag” and “Battlefield 4” look like someone simply bumped up the resolution on a last-gen title. They games look pretty, but they just don’t live up to the next-gen hype.

Winner: Draw

Overall, both consoles are pretty evenly matched. The PS4 and Xbox One deliver faster download and install times than their predecessors along with more nimble dashboard navigation.

  • Lin Zhao
    This article doesn't mention the specs difference on GPU at all, and it's one of the most important factors to rate a gaming console. PS4's GPU is about 50% more powerful. As a result Xbox One needs to run COD Ghost and bf4 at a lower resolution than PS4.
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  • xxsk8er101xx
    And the reason why the PS4 is faster is because it uses GDDR5 vRAM verses xbox one's DDR3 RAM. The extra bandwidth in the GDDR5 for PS4 makes the overall system faster. The controller is better on the PS4 - I have it and I like it better. I could care less about the camera/kinect thing. I completely disagree on entertainment as I have a TV for that. The only thing I agree with is the games. There aren't that many games out as promised for the PS4.

    Other than that the PS4 is better. Games will come out for it especially now that they are off the cell architecture and on a standard x86 architecture that everyone knows. You'll see games flooding in.
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  • xxsk8er101xx
    And the reason why the PS4 is faster is because it uses GDDR5 vRAM verses xbox one's DDR3 RAM. The extra bandwidth in the GDDR5 for PS4 makes the overall system faster. The controller is better on the PS4 - I have it and I like it better. I could care less about the camera/kinect thing. I completely disagree on entertainment as I have a TV for that. The only thing I agree with is the games. There aren't that many games out as promised for the PS4.

    Other than that the PS4 is better. Games will come out for it especially now that they are off the cell architecture and on a standard x86 architecture that everyone knows. You'll see games flooding in.
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  • jryder
    I agree. The two systems are very close in terms of power, but the Xbox One offers minority report like Kinnect 2.0 with voice commands and Cable integration. The small difference in GPU power is basically irrelevant to me. No console can compete with a modern PC in terms of graphics power. Arguing about which console is slightly more powerful is like arguing about who is the smallest dwarf.
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  • scottinks
    This is one of the worst comparison article I've seen in a long time.
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  • Brian Ghattas
    How much is Microsoft paying you for this example of propaganda, Sherri?
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  • kiniku
    Two great new consoles that cater to different folks. For those that don't already have smarter TV's the One is a great choice. For those that have all that elsewhere, TV or receiver and want more of a gaming focused product the PS4 is a great option.

    I find it interesting the change of direction of both Microsoft and Sony. The 360 a more x86 design and also a low cost to entry device that sold add ons where the PS4 was a more the complete definitive home media device with its introduction of Blue Ray media and its streaming capabilities. Now they go off in opposite directions. Was there possibly collaboration between the two? Who knows.

    But as it stands now they both designed distinctively different consoles that will cater to the different needs of consumers. A win for everyone.
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  • Matt Vandermolen
    something something butthurt PS fanboys.
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  • honsonic
    toms hardware as a regular reader to your webpage I am greatly disappointed in this article, you have inaccurate information to favor the xbox one. performance wise on paper ps4 beats the xbox one and by far the plus account is way better than live (the benefits are clear, compile the list of benefits and see for yourself). as a gamer i don't a crap with the kinect. i will buy a console primary for my gaming. guys just go to reddit, tomshardware have being bought by MS
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