A few days ago, we learned from a tech-savvy source that the PlayStation 4 could boast 50% more raw power than the Xbox One.
Now, another significant source has stepped up to say that although the specs of the two systems seem similar on the surface, the truth of the matter is that Sony's console is indeed much more capable.
This time it's acclaimed designer Jonathon Blow, who is the creator of the timed PS4 exclusive, The Witness . He also brought you the award-winning Braid back in 2008. In speaking on Twitter (as referenced by GameChup ), Blow said the PS4 may have a significant advantage over the Xbox One, and Sony's development tools are actually better. Here are some of his comments:
"I have been told, by people in the know, that perf numbers are extremely different between the two devices."
"I think the RAM helps a lot but there are other important hardware+system things happening."
"…you might also get a scenario where games run at 60 on one machine, 30 on the other."
After the apparent debacle that was the unveiling of the Xbox One, this probably isn't the sort of news Microsoft wants to see circulating. But certain people are really interested in the nuts and bolts of electronic hardware, and they're bound to uncover key differences between the two systems. …I'm not one of those people, of course, but there does seem to be an early consensus that the PS4 is simply more capable.