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Microsoft Says PS4 Hardware Specs Irrelevant, Xbox One Better Optimised



/ 3 years ago

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While it is well-documented that the PlayStation 4 has “better hardware” in terms of more graphics cores on the same AMD GPU and faster memory bandwidth between all the system components, Microsoft executive Albert Penello told the Official Xbox Magazine that actually none of that really matters.

The reason why none of it matters isn’t because Microsoft are just choosing to dismiss it but because he says that Sony created its entire next-generation consoles using standard retail components whereas Microsoft opted for a custom designed platform that is apparently tweaked and tuned for maximum performance.

“The problem is that Sony decided to go out and publish a bunch of numbers, which are in some ways meaningless. Because this isn’t like 1990, when it was 16-bit versus 32-bit….As a matter of fact, they actually go out and they talk about how proud they are about their off-the-shelf parts. Our guys’ll say, we touched every single component in the box and everything there is tweaked for optimum performance.” said Albert Penello.

Despite this he says that the hardware argument is “pointless” and “it’s not going to matter” because ultimately gamers will differentiate by the games. Not to mention the fact there isn’t really any benchmark for determining the performance of the two next-generation consoles currently because neither is finished.

What do you think about the hardware argument? Is it pointless or does it matter?

Image courtesy of PCMag.com


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  • DEMETRI

    POINTLESS ARGUMENT.

  • Matthew Humpherson

    Bit of a fail argument really, since when was 8GB of shared GDDR5 RAM an of the shelf component? Ah that’s right… Never!

    • bob

      All the time when you got a pc! with out having gddr 5, but the point is if they sell you can buy and put it in, hense pc better, just putting it out there to stir trouble

      • Matthew Humpherson

        Your argument makes no sense, is constructed poorly and is not even relevant to my comments. 8GB of GDDR5 is not an off the shelf component and that’s a fact; in no way can you buy it and put it in your computer in a fashion that it will be shared with both the cpu and gpu. Also just to add I have a gaming PC anyway and have no intention of buying a next generation console

  • TheRealist

    If I knew my stuff was inferior I’d be making up a bunch of insults too!

  • Toby Kirkby

    this is like saying that a Mini Cooper is better than an F1 car as it is optimized to do 20MPH lol

  • d6bmg

    Fail comment, They shouldn’t have made it..

    • d6bmg

      Now Sony should fill a lawsuit against M$ lol.

  • Dragos Popescu

    How the hell can you say that? Better hardware at a lower price doesn’t matter?? Yeah, Xbox is better optimised to rip you off. And the difference will be in the games? In the way that they chop the games maybe, more than Sony will, so that they run decently after 4-5 years life time. PS4 has already a better GPU and it’s cheaper and if you need it, later you can buy PS Move. And Move won’t spy on you or record your every word. The problem is Sony decided for a way better configuration, for a lower price, thus making them look like fools. They thought it’s ok to cut on the GPU performance just to be able to offer Kinect for just 100$ more. Nobody don’t wants the damn thing!

  • Wayne

    It’s just the usual mud slinging match, designed to stir up potential buyers & supporters. Sony will no doubt counter soon but It’s all irrelevant in the long run.

  • N2K12

    Micro$oft are just so far up themselves, it’s not funny. They ALWAYS have to be better at everything. PS4>xbox one. anyday.