PS4 “50% Faster” Than Xbox One


Game developers have been quoted as saying the PlayStation 4 is “50% faster” than the Xbox One, and that they will be forced to “castrate” the PS4 versions of multi-platform releases if the Xbox One is not to be utterly humiliated.

An article in Edge quotes “multiple high-level game development sources” as being emphatic that the PS4 is as much as 50% faster than its benighted Xbox One “rival”:

Our contacts have told us that memory reads on PS4 are 40-50 per cent quicker than Xbox One, and its ALU (Arithmetic Logic Unit) is around 50 per cent faster.

One basic example we were given suggested that without optimisation for either console, a platform-agnostic development build can run at around 30FPS in 1920×1080 on PS4, but it’ll run at “20-something” FPS in 1600×900 on Xbox One.

“Xbox One is weaker and it’s a pain to use its ESRAM,” concluded one developer.


Sony and Microsoft are each still working on the graphics drivers for each console, and Xbox One is lagging behind in this regard – Microsoft “has been late on their drivers and that has been hurting them,” said one source.

Another described Xbox One’s graphics drivers less charitably as “horrible”. Both consoles’ graphics drivers will continue to improve right up to – and beyond – launch, which will even up the difference in performance a little.

Also of interest are claims the yawning gulf in performance will lead to publishers hobbling multi-platform PS4 releases so the Xbox One version does not look too awful in comparison:

One source even suggested that enforcing parity across consoles could become a political issue between platform holders, developers and publishers.

They said that it could damage perceptions of a cross platform title, not to mention Xbox One, if the PS4 version shipped with an obviously superior resolution and framerate; better to “castrate” the PS4 version and release near-identical games to avoid ruffling any feathers.

This claim was later countered by a contact at a different studio. “It would be totally fine for us to make one version prettier without any political difficulties but it usually doesn’t make financial sense,” they said, “unless it’s a very simple tweak.”

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    Comment by cats2
    03:21 18/09/2013 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    "could become a political issue"

    What? Sure the PS4 being the much better console is going to start a war, but only between 8-14 yo xbox fanboys...

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    Comment by Conduit
    05:15 18/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    What the they mean is that if they constantly put out a clearly superior version of a game on the PS4, it could lead to Microsoft refusing to do business with them in the future. You may not mind the idea for a developer that would be a significant loss in revenue.

    So basically what they're say is that they will have to intentionally sabotage the PS4 versions of multi-plat games to keep Microsoft happy and doing business with them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:19 18/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its not a loss in revenue since no one will be buying xbox if xbox is clearly inferior. Because nobody will be buying the inferior xbox not doing business with microsoft wont be a problem, in fact you will make more money if you maka ps4 exclusive title.

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    Comment by TNinja
    07:18 18/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's a shame the world is like this.

    Being the evil mastermind as I am, I would think that Microsoft screwed over their console on purpose just to prove that they still have power, despite the hate for XBox One.

    But it's all just overthinking stuff in my head, of course. :V

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:46 18/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    And I'm sure Sony will be really appy with that...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:10 18/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sony can't prove that a game *could have* been better on their console if the two versions look identical. But Microsoft can if they don't.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:47 18/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cause Murica

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    Comment by Erranty
    08:36 18/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's funny, because if those devs went solely PS4 they'd make prettier games and sell more since people would buy the PS4 just to have those games available.

    Seriously, Nintendo stays in the market because it has good exclusives, and few cross platform games. If Microsoft was smart they'd go the same route, hell if the devs were smart they'd follow suit too!

    BF3 on PS4, CoD 5 (or w/e is next) on XBone.

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    Comment by Satonaka
    12:39 18/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    "You're naive in thinking that one absolute masterpiece of a game exclusive to a single console will ALWAYS sell more than total sales of one average multiplatforms."

    at the time of the article 07/9/2013, Tomb Raider which was NOT billed as an "average" multiplatform game sold the exact same number of copies as a MP compared to TLoU as an exclusive, 3.4 mil copies.

    The number today is I'm sure vastly in favor of TLoU (I mean tomb raider was pretty average after all... it was good, but it's had its time in the limelight, the revival failed people, time to let go)

    Not trying to debunk your comment but i'm just sayin: if the game is good enough then it is possible for an exclusive to trounce a MP, it Rarely happens i'm sure, but there goes the one exception in recent years that proves the possibility.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:09 18/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're naive in thinking that one absolute masterpiece of a game exclusive to a single console will ALWAYS sell more than total sales of one average multiplatforms.

    I'm not saying that's right. Rather, I vehemently detest this as it's a sign of a change in drive within game development houses. Back then, almost all studios strive to make the best game they can afford. Nowadays, it's all about pleasing investors with fucking stats.

    Nintendo stays in the market because it doesn't strive to go huge. If you looked back at their design decisions in the past, you'll know that Nintendo just doesn't give a fuck(sticking with cartridges all the way until 5th gen, the very creation of Gamecube, deliberately putting out weaker hardware since Wii). They know their identity as an electronics entertainment maker, they know their niche and they stick to them.

    Sony and Microsoft? Completely different corporate culture to Nintendo, with multiple divisions producing drastically different products at huge capital, all competing to do one thing and one thing only which is the bottomline.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Don't like it? Too bad, North America generates more sales than the other markets.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:23 18/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The combined revenue of the other regions says otherwise.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:46 19/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Politics ain't just about government...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:05 18/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The problem is, game developers could either optimize performance for PS4 and rely on more resources and then painfully castrate the games for xbox. Or scuttle both versions and just don't make use of the PS4 better resources, which is cheaper but making no use of the advantages the PS4 could offer.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:02 18/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.1)

    You're now feeling the pain that pc gamers endured for the past 20 years.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:38 19/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Anon 19:38

    Not everyone need to upgrade. My PC is 4 years old and it's still running games just fine. We also have an options to change graphic options or mod it.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    17:12 18/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ Anon 8:02

    Dude, that was just a great statement. Console 'war' bullshit aside, just... well said.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:38 18/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Then buy a better video card that comes out almost every month. That's the only thing that pc retards are proud at.

    Comment by Anonymous

    if you checked the steam survey instead of talking out your ass you would realize a lot of pc users are still using very old cards, why ? theyve had no need to upgrade it since pretty much all games run fine on them as they are limited by the crappy console hardware

    Comment by Anonymous

    They could make a better game on ps4 and a crapier version for Xbawks, the problem is that this would make Microsoft would get angry so no money from their side and also they would have to make two versions of the game costing more money. So they just make everything the same shit

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    Comment by Epsilon

    Xbox 360 is where all the shit is at.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    03:24 18/09/2013 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Anybody still contemplating whether to buy a Spybox or not? I mean, seriously, what braindead dumbfuck would still consider XBone at this point? Microsoft already proved they don't know what we want...

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    Comment by yezeik1
    04:51 18/09/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Good thing I don't own any Microsoft xbox consoles. I'm free of SpyBox lol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:15 19/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    but don't you already own a computer and iphone, well your already being spied upon already despite what Obama says otherwise why would they put that child eater in the prison without hardcore evidence just logs?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:54 28/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @yezeik1 Bullshit. Considering some of those backdoors could be kernel level, I'm willing to bet every single thing I own, have owned, or ever will own that you haven't. Also, even if you did somehow manage that, EVERY program you use online, or service online, has backdoors allowing government agencies to look in on what you're doing if they please. Or are you going to try and say that you managed to get on the remote servers and modified your accounts to have no backdoors as well?

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    Comment by yezeik1
    03:17 27/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes but I have modified my laptop to get rid of all the OS level backdoors. So they can't spy on me that way.

    Also PC/online gaming beats console gaming. Console gaming was already loosing this war as far back as 2003.

    03:44 18/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Not really because they don't have much unique to show in their line up and they're forcing Kinect on me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:26 19/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And Sony does?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:14 19/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Keep bitching, this is what they call "marketing" any "braindead dumfuck" should know this. The Xbox one and ps4 will be nearly the same just like every other time they have released a console simultaneously. Just because I can, have fun playing Ryse and Titanfall oh wait.........

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:08 23/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol, don't butthurt as i don't have any interest in Ryse or Titanfall

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    Comment by Yamato
    08:22 18/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not only that, but this article probably proves that the XBone's gonna share one of the biggest flaws of the 360 last generation: the majority of its games are just multi-ports shared with the PS3, with barely any worthwhile exclusive library of its own (lest you're REALLY into Halo and Gears). 'Course, unlike 360, XBone won't have the advantage of being out a year before the competition (hell, the WiiU took that claim this time around), and their horrid presentation of the thing has already turned off the majority of their potential audience from ever even considering it over a PS4. The higher price point's bound to kill them as well.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Why would you consider any you dumbshit, Sony and Xbone are both PCs why would you want to buy a weaker PC which can do everything a normal PC can.

    Your only missing 6 games in total.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:09 23/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    at least hasslefree from installing drivers to viruses to piracy

    Comment by Anonymous

    I'm sticking to PC for my gaming needs, but for XBone's side, this can be said:

    1. Microsoft did fix most of the issues people were complaining about (including turning off the motion-sensor)

    2. The majority of Xbox-fans don't spend time on the net and just plan on buying it on release with little awareness of the issues.

    3. The Xbone's launch line-up is better than PS4's, so those with money to throw around and don't want to wait for the better games on PS4 to release weeks/months after buying the console will probably get an XB too.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    03:43 19/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    1. They hardly had any choice. Praising a caught robber for actually returning what they've stolen isn't exactly what I have in mind.

    2. Retards. Retards everywhere.

    3. People who have that kind of money are usually PC-gamers. If they are gamers at all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:44 18/09/2013 # ! Good (+0.7)


    04:10 18/09/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Well the Genesis did have a faster clock and thus a faster memory bus then the SNES but the latter had more colors,a better sound chip, and could use the FX chip inside some games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:45 18/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Which console had a better sound chip is 100% subjective though.

    I prefer the sound of Genesis. Closer to arcade games and not all muffled and muted like the SNES, see Street Fighter 2, for instance. SNES sounds embarrassing by comparison.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:48 18/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    A couple Genesis games had DSP chips too, like Virtua Racing.

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    Comment by Dia
    22:44 18/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I played doom with 32x!

    11:31 18/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    There also was the 32X addon.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:22 18/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    No good PR won the war between the genesis and nintendo.
    MS' PR level... Well, not as good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:50 18/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    cof cof another sega's widow

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    Comment by Katsura
    10:06 18/09/2013 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Sony shouldn't cripple their game to prevent Microsoft from being humiliated.

    This is business. Microsoft made an atrocious decision in the making of their Xbox One and now they must pay for it dearly.

    Why should Microsoft, one of the biggest companies in the world, be given a handicap? They didn't get this far by being given handicaps by competitors, and they certainly should not now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:28 20/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It comes down to fiscal viability. It has literally nothing to do with giving Microsoft a "handicap".

    If you design games that demand more system resources than an XBO can provide, you're cutting your potential market in half. Game developers (or rather their investors) want their games to be available on all of the consoles, and they will *happily* sacrifice some graphics to do so.

    It all comes down to how much money the games will make. Not too many game developers will want to invest in building two of the same game, one with PS4 capable graphics, and one with XBO graphics, because it will simply cost too much money to do so.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:11 23/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    nope, it's 3rd party. ofc 1st n 2nd always maxing their game in PS4

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:15 19/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sony and all their exclusive titles certainly won't need to please Microsoft.

    The ones that might feel pressured would be the independent studios that make games for all the platforms.

    On the other hand, it is not like they would cripple the games for all the platforms because of the Wii U.

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    Comment by ChaosConsuming
    13:34 22/09/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Inide companies that make games for all consoles....

    How long have you been playing games?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:33 18/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I see no problem with totally humiliating the xbone.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:06 18/09/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    As an Xbox fanboy I am horrifyingly ashamed of the Xbox One with every piece of news I hear. Seriously, were they even trying?

    Comment by Anonymous

    Both are bad as one another, Sony and Xbone are both outclassed by the PC, iphones and the touchpads already.

    I don't know how both systems are gonna cope as the games will have to go multiformat cause of the finical costs and so forth with a timed exclusive on the consoles themselves. I believe they will go rapidly to depths of cheapness within a year or two when people discover that all the games are either on PCs, coming out on PC or in 2 years time.

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