Hopefully it won't look this bad
Since day one (xBox reveal) the specs have been public information for both consoles--and from day one it's been obvious that the PS4's gpu (including subsystems like ram) is ~50% more powerful than what Microsoft chose to put into the xBone. I feel sorry for the folks who have ignored that information because they've been reading a lot of fan-based (but unfortunately ignorant) xBone propaganda to the effect that "it'll be a wash" or "don't believe it when you read that the PS4 is more powerful," etc. This developer announcement is simply proof that the specs don't lie and no amount of wishful thinking will make it so. Specs are specs, and that's all there is to it. On top of the deficit in hardware, the xBone will have to share its resources with the TV side of the xBone house--whereas the PS4 has no such resource drain to suck up its game-playing processing power.
Q: Why did Microsoft skimp on the game-playing gpu side of the fence?
A:So it could include all the TV, set-top box stuff and still turn a profit. As it is, Microsoft still had to charge $100 more just to include the Kinect.
If you have to go console, then unless you enjoy yelling at your TV and/or waving your arms wildly, and clapping hands, etc., from the living room couch, then get a PS4 for your games and buy a remote for your TV (if you don't already have one. Most people already have silent and quick TV remotes.)
Best choice of all: Buy a nicely equipped PC and blow away both the xBone and the PS4, for just a bit more money spent! (For a whale of a lot more capability.)
I love how you bag on the Kinect and apparently have no idea of its capabilities. I wasn't aware that I was buying a $100 remote/friend to talk to/clapper. I thought it was a camera that allowed for motion controls and could add another level of depth to games. Although I am looking forward to those times when I can't find my remote and just want to watch a movie. All I have to do is talk to my Xbox.
I have a different view altogether. The truth is that neither of these consoles are powerhouses compared to how the previous gen was vs the competition, particularly the PS3 which was very powerful at release. The PS3 and the 360 were both comparable to at least mid-range PCs of the day. Plus there was nothing else out there that really played games (save for the handheld consoles).
Now though these new machines are really not very powerful at all compared to mid-range PCs. My PC was expensive, about £700, but is vastly better than either of these machines. And £700 is not a quantum jump from the £425 the Xbox One costs.
Worse still, Tegra 5 mobile graphics, out just next year, will be as powerful as the PS3 was. Its very possible that within three years Tegra 6 (or whatever they call it) will approach PS4 level graphics in tablets. That's not just leet specialist gaming tablets, thats $400 Android tablets. (granted other factors will slow them down, but still worth pointing out)
In truth consoles, with their generational change, cannot keep up with the insane iterational development of both smartphones and PCs, now more than ever.
Consoles however will still have a key role - and will remain the home of many gamers. They require no effort to learn and comparatively little investment to buy (compared to PCs), offer a big screen + peripheral gaming experience that tablets cant offer, and with its huge install base will aways be attractive to developers. What they won't be, however, is the place to go to get good graphics.
Which is a significant change. But think about it, the Nintendo 3DS continues to sell like hot-cakes. Not because its powerful (it aint) but because it has tonnes of cracking titles available for.
Add in the fact that the difference in graphics is not that great - you really need to stop and pause the game and stare in the distance to see the differences in the rendering - and I just don't think graphics are going to be as big a deciding factor as people think they are.
The factors will be thus; who has the best exclusives; who can innovate the most and deliver new and unique games for their consoles; who can keep people engaged when they are not playing games and make their machine the dominant living room presence; who can connect their consoles to the other devices and services people have in their lives; who can leverage online tech to the best effect.
Given the above I think the Xb1 has at least an even chance with the PS4 - indeed I would probably go with the Xbox1 as being the more likely contender in the long term.
What is true though is that momentum is everything. And if the Xbox continues making perceived own goals, it may find it hard to realise its ambitions.
This doesn't surprise me at all. In fact, I'd have been shocked if time went on and something like this didn't surface (pun intended LOL) about the XBOX. This has always been the case. When has the XBOX ever been better than a same gen PS? Never that I can re call?
Also if these shooter games are written for and run on a PC like they should be it is a non-issue. Why, in the name of all things good would they choose to compare shooter frame rates rather than that of a new Forza or GT?
This whole thing stinks of the same smell that Apple makes when it sells "not the absolute best in the world" devices to consumers for almost double what they are worth and the masses pay it!
I know I'm probably ticking people off but I am entitled to my opinion on this subject as well as any other and this is it. I think the whole thing just reeks of stupidity and it is consumer fault. Any time the masses are willing to lay down what works best for something inferior regardless of pricing the market trend shifts and the rest come aboard for lack of choices.
It's crap like this that is driving me further away from IT and technology every year. I can flow with change, I actually love Win8 on my non-touch desktop. Best OS I've ever used on a PC bar none. So this has nothing to do with me being "old school" or stuck in my ways. It's all about "stupid" and me not wanting to get in line with the rest of the people who are letting our choices get flushed down the drain due to lack of technological knowledge and experience.
It's a by-product of the consumerization of technology and there is nothing you can do about it except refuse to ride along in areas where you have a choice.
This stuff has sent me recently back to the range and back to my loading bench. At least there the technology is as good as I want it to be and there is no disputing a bullseye. If it were a game console though you can be sure that custom loads and long range shooting would trend off the same way and in 5 years it would not even be the same sport anymore. For sure, it would be greatly "stupefied" by the masses just as computer technology now is. There is no longer anything elite about it.
I'm done :)
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