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The assumed and widely discussed performance advantage the PS4 has over the Xbox 360 isn't actually a thing any more, Resident Evil and The Evil Within creator Shinji Mikami has told Edge.

"We only need one console. Why do I have to make two versions of a game?" said Mikami. "And when Xbox One was first announced it had lower specs than PS4, but now they're almost identical.

"So either will do."

This does go some way to support the message that Microsoft has been trying to get across for several months now.

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Whilst it would be good news for Xbox if its performance capabilities have been increased to be more in line with the PS4, Mikami doesn't offer any evidence to back his claim.

Source: Edge magazine via TSA

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revvin's Avatar


The PS3 had better hardware specs than the X360... that didn't work out so well for Sony did it? Sales figures and the undeniably superior online gaming service demonstrates that hardware specs mean nothing.

I mean... look at the Wii... when that came out, its specs were ridiculously low compared to X360/PS3... but for the first year or so (novelty period) it was the biggest selling console! Everybody and their gran wanted one. The specs really sucked - but it made absolutely no difference.

Considering the specs on XB1 and PS4 are so similar - a hardware argument is well and truly pointless. All that's going to matter is the games.
Posted 15:04 on 24 October 2013
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Arkz@ steamgent

Both have full and upscalled games. depends on which ver is a lead dev platform. FF XIII looked worse on 360 as it was just ported from PS3. Bayonetta looked worse on PS3 as it was just ported from 360. games like Watchdogs will be interesting as PC is the lead dev platform. but even then there probably wont be that much difference in em. Just stop moaning and enjoy the games man.
Posted 13:25 on 24 October 2013
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Arkz@ CaptainMellow

This man speaks the truth.
Posted 13:22 on 24 October 2013


^ Clue's in the name here.
Posted 09:08 on 24 October 2013
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Obvious troll is obvious.. Every single article on this website is catered to Microsoft. Not reliable, thank you sirs, have a great day! "Microsoft outlines" "almost identical" Im taking you out of my google search results. Bye Bye
Posted 04:07 on 24 October 2013
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Really so why are pretty much no games not full HD on the Xbone1 and all Soy's are 1080p, also MS were so busy trying to bone people and make it about tv and sports, they had to upgrade everything to even come close to the PS4, and notice how they said ALMOST, that means its still not as good
Posted 01:09 on 24 October 2013
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End of the day Halo 5 will look amazing and so will Uncharted 4. Both Console exclusive will look good. People need to stop obsessing about specs, these are games consoles not gaming PCs.
Posted 23:02 on 23 October 2013
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elsiep@ A_Boome

Mikami is a game designer and director. He is not a developer. Developers understand the inner workings.
Posted 22:44 on 23 October 2013
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A_Boome@ BombaLuigi

Yes, the PS4 is more powerful, I'm not denying that, I'm not trying to say the X1 is more powerful. I'm saying people took that 50% more powerful without requiring proof from unnamed developers as fact. Yet, two well known 3rd party developers, John Carmack and Mikami, named sources, say they are similar or almost identical, have to require proof.

I'm going to look at the games of each and judge for myself. And specs on paper don't mean anything.
Posted 21:59 on 23 October 2013
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It won't ever be identical though because they are not updating the hardware anymore. Sony will be updating there drivers to improve performance too, as the generation goes on sony will efferently have a huge lead over Microsoft when the xbox one hits its limit
Posted 20:56 on 23 October 2013
elsiep's Avatar


I subscribe to EDGE magazine. I've checked over the latest issue and that quote is not in it. I checked last months too, you sure it is from EDGE?
Posted 19:50 on 23 October 2013
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The first paragraph compares the ps4 to the xbox 360 rather than xbone. What the hell has happened to the 360 to bring it into the next generation?!

Also, this isn't suprising but a) doesn't change the fact the MS will continue making/supporting generic games and sticking things I don't want into my arse and b) just adds to the complication that devs are having with MS constantly moving the goal posts.
Posted 18:17 on 23 October 2013
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Good. In the end it's up the developers as to how they use the power of the 5 next gen dedicated games consoles/ handhelds, rather then these endless rumoured spec sheets.
Posted 17:47 on 23 October 2013


What's this up to now.... 15 developers coming out and saying that there is basically no difference between the two?
It's nice to have mounting evidence of course, but it was a safe bet 5 developers ago. I mean, I trust these third party developers claiming it than either Microsoft or Sony. They have no stake in this penis size contest.
Posted 17:13 on 23 October 2013

BombaLuigi@ A_Boome

Some specs would be all we ask from Mikami too. Because specs are evidence.

And from all we have see and know, PS4 has better Hardware. Will this mean it will crush Xbox One in Terms of Graphics? I don't think so. But it still has more Power.

And which one has the better Games we can Discuss in 6 Years.
Posted 16:59 on 23 October 2013

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