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Detailed specs on the Xbox One, is the PS4 the superior next-gen console?

Microsoft announced their Xbox One today, let's take a look at the detailed specs of their next-gen console

By: Anthony Garreffa from May 21, 2013 @ 22:32 CDT

Last night we bought you a live blog of the Microsoft Xbox One event, where we shared some details at the time of the specifications of Microsoft's next-gen console. Now we have some more details, not all, but more details on their console, which we'll show you below:

  • CPU: 8-core custom-built processor by Microsoft
  • GPU: DirectX 11.1 GPU with 32MB of embedded memory
  • RAM: 8GB of DDR3 RAM
  • Storage: 500GB
  • Optical Drive: Blu-ray/DVD combo drive
  • I/O: USB 3.0
  • Communications: Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11n & Wi-Fi Direct
  • Connectivity: HDMI input and output, 1080p and 4K support, Optical output
  • Controller: Xbox One controller with redesigned directional pad
  • Motion Control: Next-gen Kinect camera, with 250,000-pixel infrared depth sensor and 1080p camera
  • Price: TBA
  • Availability: Later this year

So, we have an AMD-made custom APU which features an 8-core processor and undisclosed DirectX 11.1-capable GPU. We have Blu-ray capabilities this time around as Microsoft chose to not push an all-digital console, and a very capable next-gen Kinect camera which captures 1080p video at 60 FPS. How does that directly compare against Sony's PlayStation 4?

  • CPU: Custom 8-core, x86-based AMD "Jaguar" processor
  • GPU: AMD Radeon Graphics Core (DX 11.1-capable)
  • RAM: 8GB of DDR5 RAM
  • Storage: TBA
  • Optical Drive: Blu-ray/DVD combo drive
  • I/O: USB 3.0
  • Communications: Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11n & Bluetooth 2.1 (EDR)
  • Connectivity: HDMI output, 1080p and 4K support, Analog-AV, Optical Out
  • Controller: Motion-sensing six-axis, clickable touch pad, share button
  • Motion Control: PlayStation Eye dual lens 1280x800x2 camera
  • Price: TBA
  • Availability: Holiday season

So comparing them against each other, we find both the Xbox One from Microsoft, and Sony's PlayStation 4 are pretty much on par. We have 8-core CPU's, 8GB of RAM, and a DX 11.1-capable GPU. Connectivity wise we have USB 3.0 on both consoles, Wi-Fi 802.11n, new controllers, new cameras and 4K support.

The Xbox One seems destined to be your one-stop shop for multimedia, TV, and communications where the PS4 is capable of most of that but seems like the more hardcore gaming console at the moment. I'm underwhelmed at Microsoft's offerings, and you can expect lots of content going into the future for the next-gen consoles here at TweakTown.