Xbox One “Clearly Inferior” To PS4, Sony Stock Surges


Sony’s PlayStation 4 is already being heralded as the victor of the 8th generation console war, as news of just how poor Microsoft’s Xbox One offering is have begun to sink in, with poor specs, a pathetically weak games line-up, excessive emphasis on TV rather than games, no backwards compatibility and no support for used games all combining to offer a massive boost to Sony’s share price.

The latest hardware comparison information, still not officially confirmed but widely believed to be correct based on earlier leaks:

・CPU: Jaguar 8 Core CPU @ 2.0GHz
・GPU: Radeon GPU @ 1.84TFLOPS
・Memory: 8GB GDDR5 @ 176GB/s
・Backwards compatible with previous PS* games
・Can remote play on PSV
・PlayStation Eye
・Supposedly plays used games
・Est. price: $300-$500
・Has a Share button!

Xbox One
・CPU: Jaguar 8 Core CPU @ 1.6GHz
・GPU: D3D 11.1 GPU @ 1.2TFLOPS
・Memory: 8GB DDR3 @ 68GB/s
・No backwards compatibility
・Now has Blu-ray & TV support, in the US at least
・Plays used games if you pay again
・Est. price: $300-$500
・Has Windows 8!

Presumably these specs are regarded as sufficient for watching TV, playing EA Sports titles and waiting to connect to the latest cloud gaming extravaganza, but there are major doubts as to them putting up serious competition to the PS4 as time progresses – although the possibility of MS simply bribing developers to restrict the graphics of multi-platform titles to Xbox One levels has also been raised.

As if all this were not bad enough, Microsoft has also confirmed what had been amongst the worst fears for the PlayStation 4it will not play used games, unless the user pays a ransom to let them register the game on their Xbox Live account:

Individual games will be tied to Xbox Live accounts, Microsoft said, meaning that the software giant can detect whether a game has been sold to a retailer and repurchased, or handed from one friend to another. In such instances, the second user must pay a fee.

“On the new Xbox, all game discs are installed to the HDD to play,” a Microsoft representative told Wired.

The company added that, once discs are installed on the hard drive, games can be played without a disc being in the tray.

The Wired article then elaborates:

“What follows naturally from this is that each disc would have to be tied to a unique Xbox Live account, else you could take a single disc and pass it between everyone you know and copy the game over and over. Since this is clearly not going to happen, each disc must then only install for a single owner.”

The news that Sony has likely already won the console war for the entire next generation sent their stock surging even as Microsoft’s announcement continued:


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    Comment by Anonymous
    06:49 22/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Although the timing is funny, this likely has more to do with a shakeup of Sony's entertainment division that they announced today.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:03 22/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not funny, it was on purpose. Microsoft postponed Xbox One reveal for almost a month so they can show their console after Sony show PS4.

    Probably to avoid showing off things that would be clearly inferior to PS4.
    This is likely why Xbox One reveal was such failure. They didn't have nothing to show, so they sticked mostly to new controller, kinect and TV feature, nobody cared for.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:50 22/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You'd have to be nuts to deny that the Xbox reveal affected things. It's not shown here, but if you check the actual charts, the stock soared roughly ten minutes into the xbox presentation. The spike was significant and violent; the internal changes may have aided that (or even tactically been placed as such) but the reveal is definitely related.

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    Comment by jamesownsall

    Funny indeed.

    Sony just keeps posting latest shit on PS4 RIGHT AROUND THE TIME OF ONE REVEAL. Obviously they intended to kill Microsoft's buzz and steal their thunder.

    I'm not sold on Sony yet though. The way I see it, they're both playing catch to see who sucks the publishers' dick and fucks consumers' ass more so that one of them can appear a lesser evil and pro-consumer.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:17 22/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    You're kidding right? Compare both consoles reveal and notice that today's reveal is disappointing to gamers everywhere. PS4 didn't show the console, but they showed game content.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:21 22/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Striking first and demolish your foes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:01 22/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    E3 is in 2 weeks. Sony announced that they will continue at E3 way before MS announced to do theirs at May 21.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:24 22/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It makes perfect marketing sense to compete directly with MS if you know you have the superior product. IF the X1 was any good, MS would have nothing to be afraid.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:42 22/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Striking first and demolish your foes.

    Not necessarily, unless you deliver a decisive blow.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:40 22/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    But you can't help noticing how Sony's been churning out more announcements right around One's reveal. First the box teaser and now some news on some shakeup?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:37 22/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you're talking about the possibility of spinning off the entertainment divisions from their core consumer electronics, wasn't that initially suggested by Danile Loeb a couple days ago? I guess Sony just pipped in about it now, which could be a strategic move to mess with MS, but I was wondering why that would cause more of a stir now than when it was first brought up.

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    Comment by VZ
    07:04 22/05/2013 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    I want Sega to be a console maker again.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    09:40 22/05/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Seeing how low the bar has sunk now would be a good time for them to return.
    Making a console that can beat the PS4 and Xbox One spec wise would pretty easy.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Specs don't mean all people make it out to be. The PS3 is more powerful than the 360 yet many games look worse on it. Architecture plays a key role. For all we know, the XB1 could be capable of similar graphics etc. as the "more powerful" PS4.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:45 22/05/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    While specs might now mean everything, in the console war anyways, you do know that sony dropped the cell architecture for the ps4 right? Meaning that its about 10 times easier to develop on now.

    Granted not like I care since I'm sticking with my pc this generation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:53 22/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    This does happen a lot when a game is developed initially for one console and then ported to another. Say what you will about Microsoft but one thing they get right is there support for their developers. They made it easier to make games on their system.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:13 22/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    "The PS3 is more powerful than the 360 yet many games look worse on it. "
    "yet many games look worse on it. "
    "many games look worse on it"
    "games look worse on"


    You must be Halo fan or something, for sprouting such bold nonsense.
    But I forgive You, here in PS3 camp, we're thinking something similar about 360. Except we don't even assume it's more powerful than 'our' console. You know, just to be total assholes with superiority complex.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:08 22/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I wonder how many games he/she's counting in their head were the many lazily ported to the other console games. [And don't even bother asking me the details because I'm not gonna look back and figure out how many cases there were of that.]

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    Comment by Dirty_Dingus008
    21:59 22/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    xbox buyers now have a greater reason over the buyers of the ps~ the brick is now inside the system! now they don't have to worry about the brick catching on fire ever again! Just the entire system~~~

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:18 22/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You are comparing games that are cross platform ??? Obviously corners are going to be cut if you have 2 different ways (note: note easier/harder, different) you choose one way of doing it then when you have to do it the other, it will suffer. Uncharted series and Last of Us are probably the best looking games on either console, yes bf3 and LA noire look like shit in comparison regardless of platform. Maybe i am just a naughty dog fanboy, i still remember playing their crash bandicoot series, mostly CTR epic racing game i knew every little dip on every map to get a jump boost, good times.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:40 22/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Uhhh The Cell processor destroys the Xenon in the 360 in every possible.

    It goes as such:

    Better CPU
    Poorer GPU and split memory.
    5.1,7.1 LPCM Audio support

    Better GPU
    Weaker CPU
    No uncompressed audio support

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:14 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Duh... just give me back great games with 2D pixel sprites and I'm fine. ~_~
    Who needs 8 Core CPUs or 5.1/7.1 Sound? I don't care how awesome and realistic a game looks, I want something great to play! NOT the newest title of a milked franchise (be it all the sports games, CoD/Battlefield/Halo/Valve shooter, Milking Gear Solid, Assassin's Milk, Milkout, The Elder Milk, Need for Milk, Final Milking, or other crap)...
    Before I get bashed for badmouthing their favorite type of milk and not understanding the greatness of modern games and AWESUM graphics... yes, I prefer oldschool gaming (including up to PS2), no I don't care about your opinion and I've played enough modern games to know what I'm talking about.

    Comment by Anonymous

    uh, dont get whats so funny. ill give 2 big examples. LA Noire and Battlefield 3 both played and looked better on the 360 over PS3. dont be such a stupid fanboy and actually look at the facts.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:25 22/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sega is dead. If they had the money they wouldn't keep making shitty Sonic titles and neglecting everything else.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:01 24/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Shitty Sonic titles and neglecting everything else"

    Sega gives fans the following:
    Total War games
    Binary Domain
    Yakuza series
    Phantasy Star Online 2

    Good recent Sonic titles:
    Sonic 4 Ep 2 (arguably)
    much awaited Sonic Adventure 2 port

    And you still complain. What else do you people want? This "Whatever Sega releases is shit, why can't they be gud like in the 90's" mindset needs to go.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:54 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    ...except SEGA does not make Sonic games. Sonic Team does, SEGA is merely the publisher and, at times, the ones who somewhat guide developing.

    Wow, your concept of game developing is way off reality.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:35 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except SEGA owns Sonic team. Literally.

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    Comment by Myballz
    02:07 24/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sega doing alright as a Game Publisher. Sega very much is doing alright with there Total War series.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:05 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sega funds game development and publishes it, thus Sega IS responsible for their work. By your logic AM2 is not a part of Sega either, thou Sega backed them and profited from their success. You massive loser in denial.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:43 26/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know if Sega reentered consoles and left with their lineup making it console exclusive damn :) they could win a war

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:46 22/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cries a bit well if this is what Xbox gives out gives up stuck at 2nd better than a WII but would like a Sega revival :)

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    Comment by chengsta
    08:20 22/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    They went the way of mobile and social gaming. Major disappointment :(

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:22 22/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    One system comes with some shitty kinect and DRM'd as fuck.
    The other one doesn't.
    It's obvious which the best system is.

    The answer is PC, it is always PC.
    But PS4 might be the less inferior of the two next gen consoles.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:25 22/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.9)

    Glory to the glorious master race!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:23 22/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.7)

    All hail Miku!

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:07 22/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Best comment! Super random but I must agree lol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:08 25/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, finally some serious talk!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:50 22/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    ^ *Humanity Kyon-Face-to-Facepalm*

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:03 22/05/2013 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    Master race? It's been the casualized Custard race for years now.

    Every game being released inferior to ones released previously.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:36 22/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    PC MASTER RACE, consoles for peasants

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:59 22/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Winners get the consolation prize?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:06 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Enjoy your 2-3 major titles per year and nothing else.

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    Comment by Noodlestein
    11:37 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    As if that was actually the case.

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    Comment by cats2
    03:21 25/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Oh, especially Japanese stuff, DRM and "Always online" requirements are getting more and more common with PC stuff..

    Even hentai is starting to get ridiculous with some company's/artists adopting DRM..

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    Comment by Anonymous
    21:52 22/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Two? Wii all see, U r n ignorant swine.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:09 22/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would suggest a strike on not buying them consoles but dumb people will buy them anyway.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Aren't PC games pretty intrusive with their DRMs? I mean, I recall crap like required internet while playing, or the inability of selling used copies...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:57 22/05/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    One word: CRACKS! Love 'em, use 'em always.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:41 22/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yes they are. But at least on PC draconian DRM is justified thanks to rampant and easily accessible piracy

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:39 22/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nice misinformation spreading you are doing there.
    SF4 cracked is playable with an offline GFWL account. You can save just fine, the only difference is you don't get get any *gasp* achievements.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:29 22/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Some games like Street Fighter 4 are still restrictive even with cracks, like you can't save your game and settings unless you connect to Games for Windows Live or some shit.

    IDK, I'm a console gamer.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:10 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    And console games aren't easily pirated? 16-bit cd consoles had no copy protection, 32-bit consoles were pirated by anyone with a cd burner and a pro-action replay. (Saturn didn't even need PAR, just a piece of tape over the drive access switch) 128-bit was pirated like crazy. 360 and Wii were pirated like crazy. And for all the cartridge systems, you can buy a cart you can plug a flash card into and play any game you can think of.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:16 22/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    True, EA and Ubisoft love to shit on their customers with crappy DRM and online "features".
    Other than them, usually one-time online activation on first run, plus one for every other PC (say, you have tower PC at home and laptop at campus). Or no DRM at all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:14 22/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't buy DRM crapware then? There are more than enough games with reasonable or no DRM whatsoever.

    As for inability to sell used coppies, this is pretty much built into the new consoles. If you plan to go online with your console, then forget about buying used games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:50 22/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    People like to bring up Steam when talking about this.

    It's like they never knew Offline mode in Steam exist...

    Xbox One needs to be connected to the net AT LEAST once every 24 hours for it to play any games at all. Meanwhile, you can put Steam in Offline mode indefinitely.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Show's how bad shitnaku is actually is quite shit.

    Instead of posting stats tell what's the difference between them?

    You won't of course with you shitty journalism not much at all right?

    PS4 is probably only marginally better than Xbox one but the way gaming consoles are going Nintendo is going to be at top.

    Comment by Anonymous

    can't wait for the UAC from the base windows OS to kick in when your fighting the boss.

    Big Boss has requested to format your face.
    Do you want your a** kicked now

    Comment by Anonymous

    STFU you douche bag pc fanboy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:21 22/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Sounds like you are the fanboy. The PC is objectively superior to consoles by being equal or better in every single technological aspect. There is not a single thing a console can do that a PC cannot do at least as well. Consoles are, after all, severely restricted computers.

    It's not fanboyism to prefer the superior product, it's just sensible. One is not a automobile elitist for being averse to the idea of owning a horse for everyday transportation.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:29 23/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not a metaphor. Not an analogy for that matter. And even if it were, your own analogy is much more broken.
    Monster trucks are highly specialized vehicles for crossing difficult terrain. PCs are flexible and customized for their intended function.
    Consoles are not tightly specialized devices, but general purpose computers, restricted in what they can execute in software.
    Consoles are not top and hardware. Sports cars use top of the line parts.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Your metaphor is completely inaccurate.

    If you have to use the (tired) car analogy, you're talking about a well tuned monster truck versus a well tuned sports car. Sure, you're not going to run over a bunch of other cars and go off roading with your sports car, but it sure as heck is going to win in a road race. And since you're talking about road racing, not off roading, the sports car wins. Because that's what it's built for. Yes, they're both vehicles, they both have engines and wheels, but they're built for entirely different purposes.

    Comment by Anonymous

    What kind of noob are u?

    Then tell me noob, do you play Uncharted, Final Fantasy, Heavy Rain, Dragons Dogma, Journey, Flower, Indigo Prophecy, Atelier games, Dragons Crown, Metal Gear 3/4/Rising, God of War, Gran Turismo, Neptunia,Infamous,Last of Us, Little big planet,Naruto ultimate, Dragon Ball, Ninja Gaiden and many MANY MANY other games on your shitty PC????

    You deserve the bad games you play....go play your shitty Battlefield on max settings you graphics whore!!

    Comment by Anonymous

    Consoles are there for their games.
    If the consoles are vehicles, games are the end destination.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:47 22/05/2013 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Xbox One = PC (low end) and Xbox Live (for Xbox One) = Steam

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:41 22/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    what you talking about? Steam doesn't charge for online multiplayer once you brought their game. Unlike Xbox live that needs constant renewal ($$$)

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