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The power difference between PlayStation 4 and Xbox One "is not as great as the raw numbers lead the average consumer to believe," Xbox's senior director of marketing and planning Albert Penello has stated, leading colleague Larry Hyrb to say that he is "very much looking forward to the next few months (and beyond) as the truth comes out" about the power of Xbox One.

Discussing the two consoles on NeoGAF, Penello stated that the architecture of the two systems bring them "into balance", and claimed that if there was any major power difference "it would be obvious".

"I'm not dismissing raw performance," Penello said. "I'm stating – as I have stated from the beginning – that the performance delta between the two platforms is not as great as the raw numbers lead the average consumer to believe. There are things about our system architecture not fully understood, and there are things about theirs as well, that bring the two systems into balance.

"People DO understand that Microsoft has some of the smartest graphics programmers IN THE WORLD. We CREATED DirectX, the standard API's that everyone programs against. So while people laude Sony for their HW skills, do you really think we don't know how to build a system optimized for maximizing graphics for programmers? Seriously?

"There is no way we're giving up a 30%+ advantage to Sony. And ANYONE who has seen both systems running could say there are great looking games on both systems. If there was really huge performance difference – it would be obvious."

PlayStation 4 is believed to be more powerful than Xbox One due to the system's superior GDDR5 RAM and GPU.

But Penello believes that the war of words over performance is the same as it has been for "every generation".

"I get a ton of hate for saying this – but it's been the same EVERY generation," he continued. "Sony claims more power, they did it with Cell, they did it with Emotion Engine, and they are doing it again. And, in the end, games on our system looked the same or better."

Responding to Penello's words on Reddit, Microsoft's Larry Hryb said that his colleague was right.

"We have some of smartest programmers in the world working on Xbox One," Hryb said. "I am very much looking forward to the next few months (and beyond) as the truth comes out."

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One both to go on sale this November.


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johnjprus58's Avatar


WTF. This article does not make sense. The only reason microsoft games looked slightly better was because, most games were created for xbox 360 and then, ported to ps3 because the cell power was too complicated to program. When ever you port a game you lose some graphic qualities. What is different for next gen? Sony and microsft have the same architecture as a computer. This will allow for games to be ported without or very little graphic quality loss. So how are games going to look better on the xbox one? Just because you claim that you have programers that created alot of stuff doesn't mean there are not other programmers ready to top what is now. Saing that you have the best programmers in the world doesn't mean anything only that you are cocky. ps4 has the same architecture and more power. So whatever you say you can do sony can do to, plus they have more power. I am not a sony fanboy, i only have an xbox 360 and think it won current gen gaming. But, my opinion is that ps4 is going to be the next winner, unless apple does something about it.
Posted 03:43 on 09 September 2013
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Xbox one have esram 32mb lets see how it compare with ps4 gpu only time will tell
Posted 14:49 on 07 September 2013
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CrotchRocket@ Danokidrocker

Couldn't agree more
Posted 10:18 on 07 September 2013
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Nice to finally hear Microsoft defending the xbox one on a hardware level.

I've been gaming on most platforms for over twenty years now and this time round I've had real difficulties deciding which console to buy first. You can say what you want about the unpopular things Microsoft announced but in my experience they do try to represent the truth about its products capabilities.
Sony on the other hand create excellent products that they seem to feel the need to exaggerate there true performance which just sets the bar way too high ultimately ending in an unnecessary let down. Just look up some old articles about the PS3 and there claims surrounding that. I like Sony products once I have them but after several times of being lied to I take everything they say with a pinch of salt.
I trust Microsoft's software engineers to be far better at optimizing a system than I do Sony's and in the earlier stages of this next generation that will be a valuable asset. Optimization is key and Freekill's comment would suggest he should know this better having been"Working with PC's for good 20 years now".
Speaking of comments I see several comments of the huge difference between PS3 exclusives and xbox graphics. There's a difference in Sony's favor for sure but its not as big as fanboys would have you believe.

To be honest I wish the cock measuring would stop now and Id like to see an in depth comparison article about upcoming games because ultimately this will be the main deciding factor in which console sells better.
Posted 10:16 on 07 September 2013


'Games on our system look the same or better'... Hmmm well I have both consoles and I'm yet to see anything on the 360 that comes close to looking as good as uncharted or the last of us
Posted 00:45 on 07 September 2013
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Geoff900@ Freekill

PC's and consoles aren't they same, they are fully customized to reduce bottlenecks on the motherboard, they also don't have as big overlay of an OS to contend with.

When you create a game for a console you optimize just for those specifications, it's not like working on PC whereby every motherboard, processor, GPU, even memory is different not only that but you can even get different generation GPU's which work differently from prior GPU's.

As games are getting more and more complicated to create having more efficient software tools, and architectural sound hardware is more important

I have been working on both platforms, and are very similar in design to have no real massive differences in games.
Posted 20:20 on 06 September 2013
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I was a Playstation user before XBox was even a twinkle in Bill Gates' eye. I got my PS1 for Christmas 1995 and have never needed to even consider switching. I get the idea behind a console war, but it's the gamers that lose out when companies try to play one-upmanship with the market. Whether the PS4 is or is not as powerful as the XBox One is of no consequence to me. I'll be getting the former as my Christmas present and I'm sure that I will enjoy another seven/eight years of quality gaming from Sony and all those affiliated with it, as I'm sure XBox One users will with Microsoft et al.. The argument over which is better is exactly what the corporate moguls want us to do, and the more we buy into the idea that one is superior to the other, the more they can convince games producers to create content solely for one system. There's only one loser there -- us.
Posted 17:31 on 06 September 2013
A_Boome's Avatar


Sounds like that discrete dGPU rumor is true then.
Posted 17:05 on 06 September 2013
Mike11585's Avatar


Ps4 has the better memory/Gpu Sony will improve the api just as much as MS.Open GL is damn good that will keep up with DX11.1.
Posted 16:50 on 06 September 2013
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Sony has did some tinkering of their own.This guy has no idea what type of customization's Sony has done with the Gpu/Cpu.Cerny did let some info slip, about some of the stuff they did but i doubt that was all of it.
Posted 16:45 on 06 September 2013


It's obvious the raw power is greater on Sony's end, which he admits, but he's saying that they'll be able to use the power they have to be on par or greater than that.
I don't disagree, as powerful as the PS3 is, there wasn't much of a visual difference between it and the 360. I imagine the same will be of the next gen.
Posted 15:59 on 06 September 2013
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Endless@ chrisno21


See what I did there?

Hardware is not the be all and end all of performance; AMD and nVidia prove this theory all the time, nVidia software drivers are way more efficient than AMD and it definitely shows a lower specced nVidia card can easily outperform a higher AMD one.

If you're buying a GPU and look only at the numbers you'll more than likely end up with a dud if you go for a bigger is better approach. Not always, but hardware benchmarking is notoriously tricky to compare without actually running identical programs under identical environments.
Posted 15:57 on 06 September 2013
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"And, in the end, games on our system looked the same or better."

Sorry chum but no. SONY exclusives beat the snot out of XBOX in visuals.
Posted 15:32 on 06 September 2013
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I'm soo tired of this industry at this point. Or maybe it's just all the bs that gets incessantly spewed into media. By the numbers a more powerful GPU, 500MBs more RAM available to devs, higher bandwith and so on. But no, let's just talk our way around what's inconvinient, ffs does he even know what he's talking about or does he simply assume that we don't?
Posted 12:46 on 06 September 2013
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PS4 does have a fair bit more power when compared to the xbox one. That is a fact and you have to be childish to claim otherwise. Source: Working with PC's for good 20 years now.
Posted 12:33 on 06 September 2013
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