Microsoft Xbox 720 (vNext) Vs Sony Playstation 4 Spec Comparison

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Xbox 720/vNext Playstation 4
CPU Architecture x64 x86
CPU 8 CPU cores running at 1.6 gigahertz (GHz) AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores
GPU 1.2 TFLOPS, Custom D3D11.1 class 800-MHz graphics processor 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-generation Radeon based graphics engine
Memory 8 gigabyte (GB) of RAM DDR3 (68 GB/s) GDDR5 8GB
Hard Disk Drive Built-in Built-in
Optical Drive 50 GB 6x Blu-ray Disc drive Blu-ray Disc drive 6xCAV
Network Gigabit Ethernet
Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct
Communication Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T)
IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth® 2.1 (EDR)

Yesterday, Sony revealed details about their next generation gaming console Playstation 4 at a press event. They detailed the system specs, new controller specs and the new Playstation 4 Eye specs. I just made a quick comparison of leaked Xbox 720/vNext specs with Sony Playstation 4.

As you can see above, both the consoles will have almost identical specs in terms of power. You can see quick comparison of PS4 Eye and leaked Kinect 2.0 specs here.

Source: Sony & VGLeaks



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  • IIMurphaII

    I’m pretty sure both consoles will be using the new AMD Jaguar core. Both have 8 cores (4×2 dies) with 4MB L2 cache. Clocks may be the only thing separating the two on that front. PS4 has GDDR5 as system memory which would offer ~3x the bandwidth over next Xbox. PS4 has faster GPU too, if these Xbox leaks are anything to go by.

    • XB_Mod

      Agreed, ps4 seems superior if this is indeed the final spec sheet.

      • ricecube88

        Gddr5 has more bandwidth true , but ddr3 has better I/O speeds so not sure how and what you consider superior

        • http://www.facebook.com/ian.hawley.96 Ian Hawley

          Bandwidth is always king

          • Zeehunter

            Nextbox does have ESRAM to prevent the bandwidth bottleneck

          • Joe_HTH

            ESRAM is not going to make up the speed difference. Microsoft just doesn’t have a damn clue. They are going to lose market share they’ve gained this last generation, and they’ll have nobody to blame but themselves.

          • Zeehunter

            They are the only one who know where the gaming console market is going ..
            If you go by rumors , they have a very efficient architecture which could provide bandwidth to the level of PS4
            The price difference is going to be atleast $150 – $200 because of Sony going for much costlier GDDR5 that too 8GB

            Microsoft has $68 billion in cash . They could easily start selling Nextbox at $199 subsidized price while offsetting the cost by XBL subscriptions (the way they are doing with Xbox 360) While on the other side Sony hasn’t posted a profit for past 5 years

            As Xbox will be cheap , more people will buy it = more initial sales = more developer support .. And the vicious cycle will continue
            Third party developers will make their games keeping Xbox in mind .

            Vita is 3 times more powerful than 3DS and the sales of 3DS are almost 10 times more . There is a reason for it
            Gone are the days when people bought consoles just to play games .

          • Asgardi

            Exactly. Just look what happened last time. The winner was Wii and it was the cheapest console of them all. Sony was the most expensive, the console did not sell well enough because of that and still even if it was expensive it generated billions of losses for Sony.
            Also comparing by specs is stupid because both the hardware architecture and especially software architecture is very different. Xbox runs on DirectX, Sony runs on only god knows what.
            But the point finally is that MS believes the next console war is not based on hardcore games, because more people use the console for the other stuff, like music, movies, internet and so on. And these people are not paying Sony prices. I think MS is right.

          • http://twitter.com/TombstoneX Jason C Matzke

            This wasn’t the reason. Fact was reason was Xbox had the jump on Sony releasing early people already bought the Xbox and couldn’t afford both. Leading that had more sales because earlier release making game companies force to support Xbox because that where the money was. With how Xbox runs their companies sign contracts to release first on Xbox DLC and other things to sell. Was it smart for Xbox to do so at that time yes but newer companies not so much as they want to innovate new technology and expand the Online experiences release multiple platforms will hindrance this. To pioneer this to enhance the gaming you need to release content same time for all platforms and able play with everyone same time. Xbox will never let this happen. Reason why Blizzard, CCP, NCsoft and more will never release games for Xbox. And they all try talk to Xbox but too stubborn to listen or give up on it. Reason why Square Enix hates them but is force to comply due to their miss fortunes of releasing EA quality games. Quantity over quality. Just look at game companies that show up for Sony press conference Why they prefer the PS4 you know they seen Xbox 720 and went support Sony they not saying this because just pay it’s their gaming companies reputations at stake. No one public endorses inferior products. Just because of the backlash of prospective of gamers(costumers).

          • DontFeedTheTroll

            I have no idea what youre talking about and im pretty sure you dont either

          • DontFeedTheTroll

            I have no idea what youre talking about and im pretty sure you dont either

          • http://twitter.com/TombstoneX Jason C Matzke

            Hes keep retracting his statements and on spec leek and changes. While defending Xbox as a fan. Spitting out non factual statements. As anyone can see a fire moving towards them from the distance coming slowly towards them, but yet their mind denies it till it’s too late. Whats a fan boi does. Refuse truth and then makes up crap to convince his mind that its not true. Dissonance keep people from wanting to hear the truth because their minds are already made up and once they like something they will never change for the better even if it’s better. Psychology 101.

          • http://twitter.com/TombstoneX Jason C Matzke

            Xbox 360 released March 30, 2005 while PS3 released November 11, 2006 (roughly about 1 year and 1/2 later) Huge lead on releasing consoles while nothing good was coming out on the PS2 making easier shift to Xbox 360 for people bagging for new console. But If you watch many interviews and understand what main reason why most gaming company hates working with Xbox is that they have Licensing contract from Microsoft to make DLC first and exclusive to Xbox with 6 month time limit before releasing to other platforms like PS2, Nintendo, and even PC.

            This is a fact. Square Enix fought and fought with Xbox making it public knowledge about this contract issues. Since Square Enix made some bad investments and Tsunami hit some of their studios they had no chose to make money and go back with Xbox. While Blizzard leek that they was trying sign deal with Xbox but refusing Blizzard a pass the DLC disclosure agreement about the exclusive DLC(aka patches) first on the Xbox reason why Blizzard had seek other means with Sony as Blizzard doesn’t gimp content screwing over their entire fan base for someone else. CCP same thing and also NCsoft was think of making an console port of a MMO that said probably only work with Sony if they go ahead on the project.

            Anyways because 360 release 1 and 1/2 years earlier this made shift even though ps3 was better then most every way most game companies shift to Xbox 360 making games because they already knew it by heart and since everyone had one it was more profitable now that Ps4 has the jump on the Xbox. The Roles can be reversed since all the major developers have had the console and has com-fourth and say that they prefer the ps4 console as knowing they had the Xbox 720 as well. With their reputations of fans they wouldn’t lie just because Sony asked them too. Reason why Xbox is waiting to make official announcement that they know their 720 isn’t good enough.

  • http://twitter.com/bigcraig01 Craig S.

    I just think that Microsoft is going to innovate more with their console in the long run when it comes to firmware updates, compared to the crap that Sony’s pulled with the PS3… The only downside is paying for Live Gold just to access Netflix, Vudu, Amazon and Rhapsody cause I’m not a big gamer, let alone a big multiplayer gamer… I guess I could count that Live Gold fee as the reason the XBOX got so many good firmware updates that it did…

    • auziez

      Well yeah, that’s what people will always complain about… I have to pay to watch Netflix?!!! But with everything you get with Gold, its impossible not to get it IMO.
      But honestly, id like to see it a little more open – they can always use those advertising dollars I know they are getting to lower or get rid of costs of Gold
      .

    • Zeehunter

      Nice point made there ..
      Just compare that Blade UI of 2005 with Metro UI of 2012 .. Number of apps . XBLA market store . Superior OS (PS3 struggles in basic things like downloads , search , store , cross game chat , multi user chat , lousy browser , sub par apps) and not to mention inferior multi platform games and overall inferior online gaming experience .

    • http://www.facebook.com/ian.hawley.96 Ian Hawley

      Sony have made the best choice for them – ditch the obscure, hard to work with, hardware in favour of more of a PC in a box approach – much like the XBox. The system doesn’t feel underpowered, RAM being the biggest problem for PS3, so I think Sony have as a good a chance at enhancing the experience and providing quality firmware updates. Microsoft are in a better position however, but I think it Sony price the console right and if it does edge the new XBox on hardware, they could do well.

      Live Gold is effectively a way of reducing the cost of the console IMHO and maybe Sony should do the same – making the base experience cheap.

    • http://twitter.com/TombstoneX Jason C Matzke

      So wrong Xbox has got hack but they didn’t tell you it many times! At least Sony looks out for your safety and tells you. So many articles on the web ZDnet and other reliable sources confirms this. Just think how many Red disk of dooms. paying $99 an year for to keep hacker / cheaters out wait many videos that has cough on tape of people hacking in CoD games on You Tube. Why do you pay money for system that doesn’t do jack for services. I know it’s that Microsoft ruins games by making companies exclusive forcing them to sign contract that if they want to release on xbox they got screw over their other fans on any other platform releasing content 6 months later. Guess what less companies are now willing to work with Xbox because of that fact and more will eventually stop making stuff for it. Good luck with inferior product that produce less of performance product. I know those 360 players still waiting on Blu Ray oh wait . .. . never mind! Making games that even couldn’t push it because Xbox wouldn’t upgrade. So game had to push out a crappy version just for cost return profits. Game companies look for simple ports to make different version of the game is doubles the cost or even more on making the game which isn’t cheap sir! Not wise to needless overspending it is career suicidal just that they can come out on the Xbox too. Damn screwing over the gamers again that Xbox. And no i’m not a console fan I’m a PC gamer but I rather spend money on a Sony product then Xbox any year!

    • http://twitter.com/TombstoneX Jason C Matzke

      So wrong Xbox has got hack but they didn’t tell you it many times! At least Sony looks out for your safety and tells you. So many articles on the web ZDnet and other reliable sources confirms this. Just think how many Red disk of dooms. paying $99 an year for to keep hacker / cheaters out wait many videos that has cough on tape of people hacking in CoD games on You Tube. Why do you pay money for system that doesn’t do jack for services. I know it’s that Microsoft ruins games by making companies exclusive forcing them to sign contract that if they want to release on xbox they got screw over their other fans on any other platform releasing content 6 months later. Guess what less companies are now willing to work with Xbox because of that fact and more will eventually stop making stuff for it. Good luck with inferior product that produce less of performance product. I know those 360 players still waiting on Blu Ray oh wait . .. . never mind! Making games that even couldn’t push it because Xbox wouldn’t upgrade. So game had to push out a crappy version just for cost return profits. Game companies look for simple ports to make different version of the game is doubles the cost or even more on making the game which isn’t cheap sir! Not wise to needless overspending it is career suicidal just that they can come out on the Xbox too. Damn screwing over the gamers again that Xbox. And no i’m not a console fan I’m a PC gamer but I rather spend money on a Sony product then Xbox any year!

    • http://twitter.com/TombstoneX Jason C Matzke

      So wrong Xbox has got hack but they didn’t tell you it many times! At least Sony looks out for your safety and tells you. So many articles on the web ZDnet and other reliable sources confirms this. Just think how many Red disk of dooms. paying $99 an year for to keep hacker / cheaters out wait many videos that has cough on tape of people hacking in CoD games on You Tube. Why do you pay money for system that doesn’t do jack for services. I know it’s that Microsoft ruins games by making companies exclusive forcing them to sign contract that if they want to release on xbox they got screw over their other fans on any other platform releasing content 6 months later. Guess what less companies are now willing to work with Xbox because of that fact and more will eventually stop making stuff for it. Good luck with inferior product that produce less of performance product. I know those 360 players still waiting on Blu Ray oh wait . .. . never mind! Making games that even couldn’t push it because Xbox wouldn’t upgrade. So game had to push out a crappy version just for cost return profits. Game companies look for simple ports to make different version of the game is doubles the cost or even more on making the game which isn’t cheap sir! Not wise to needless overspending it is career suicidal just that they can come out on the Xbox too. Damn screwing over the gamers again that Xbox. And no i’m not a console fan I’m a PC gamer but I rather spend money on a Sony product then Xbox any year!

      • G.Fawkes

        The only reason Sony mentioned the hack was because it was such a massive hack. And besides, Sony wasn’t the first to say anything gamers were already in the know, since those responsible posted info related to the massive infiltration on sites like pastebin.com and other similar sites. It was also very questionable how Sony stored passwords without encryption and other pertinent user information (e.g credit cards).
        FPS’s will always be victims of glitching, and user exploits. Btw, its worse on the PC platform.

  • darthtigris

    The next Xbox specs are RUMORED while the PS4 specs are from Sony. The article is missing that important distinction.

  • disqustingtard

    So Sony is not licensing the Xbox after all? Would make more sense.

  • Zeehunter

    Extremely sloppy journalism from your side sadly ..
    The PS4 specs are confirmed while the Next Xbox specs are leaked . PS4 leaks showed 2 GB to 4GB GDDR5 which finally got converted to 8GB GDDR5 .
    Even if you go by leaks , Xbox has 32MB ESRAM connected in parallel with 8GB DDR3 and Data Move Engines which theoretically increases the bandwidth from 68GB/s to 170GB/s (which is almost equivalent to PS4’s 178GB/s ) ..
    Microsoft has a much more efficient , easy to make and cheaper hardware (Putting 8GB of GDDR5 RAM in a single die is damn costly, not to mention increase heat generation which decreases the efficiency in the long run)

    • http://www.facebook.com/tyaussi Timothy Yaussi

      Good point, Zeehunter. I’m interested in how the Data Move Engines in the “720” will fare out. However, I am reading mem-bandwidth for the 720 to be about ~120GB/s. Though there won’t be much of a bottleneck b/c the GPU will only run @ ~1.2TFLOPS. Both areas are approximately 30% slower than the PS4.

      I think Xbox still has it right though. This architecture will be cheaper, as it doesn’t require the yummy 8GB of GDDR5. My guess is developers will continue to dev with the 720 in mind. What it translates to, is cross-platform titles will generally run smoother on the PS4. Sony will produce some beautiful, mouth-watering first-party titles. (Did anyone see the PS4 screenshot of the knight and the dragon breathing fire?!)

      Many people don’t like the Kinect, but let me tell you. With the way MS is planning on releasing this, it will REVOLUTIONIZE home entertainment. This is the key, this is why the 720 will be superior to the PS4 in overall entertainment value. First-party titles from MS will be essentially unparalleled. The PS4-eye won’t have the robust capabilities of the Kinect. There is even talk of an HDMI-in on the 720, meaning you can run your Comcast line through your Xbox….

  • http://www.facebook.com/ian.hawley.96 Ian Hawley

    They’re both 64bit architectures with roots in 0x86.
    1.84 Tflops is ~50% more raw FPU power than 1.2 Tflops isn’t it?

    Of course that depends on whether the leaked specs are accurate (the PS4s were though) and the price – Sony’s box needs to be competitively priced for me to buy one again.

    • Zeehunter

      PS4 leaks weren’t 100% true .. The RAM was increased to 8GB GDDR5 from the latest leaks which said 4GB and previous leaks 2GB GDDR5

      • http://www.facebook.com/ian.hawley.96 Ian Hawley

        Yes, I was referring to the teraflop spec tbh – you’re quite right about the other specs

  • http://twitter.com/ChuckxJ ChuckJ

    I can not wait for the MS reveal of the new Xbox. And I must say, I am surprised how bad a job Sony did last night. It was overall just plain boring.

    Spec comparisons seem pretty close. MS better do a better job this time with exclusives. Sony has always won in that department.

    • Zeehunter

      Microsoft invested $400 million to develop core/hardcore franchises
      They opened half a dozen gaming studios from scratch , bought 2 game studios , had 2nd party exclusivity deals with Crytek and Playground studios(makers of Forza Horizon) in the span of 2 years .. ;)
      On the other side , Sony closed 4 studios in the span of 2 years , lost exclusivity with Insomniac and thatgamecompany
      We haven’t seen any output from those Microsoft studios yet
      Do u think MS just blew that money up .. :P
      Wait for Xbox reveal , people will be blown away

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/San-Ien-Jao/717169541 San Ien Jao

    “Identical” Specs is stretching it a bit I’ll say. Marginally faster CPU and a lot faster DDR5 ram!

  • Joe_HTH

    I’m sorry, but I don’t see identical power. What I see is Microsoft has gimped their console by going with 8GB of slow DDR3 RAM, whereas the PS4 has 8GB of high speed GDDR5 RAM. That’s a huge advantage for the Playstation 4. The GPU looks better on paper in the PS4. Another advantage for Sony. Network connectivity is better on the PS4 as well.

    As usual, the idiots at Microsoft need to fired, because of those specs are accurate, the PS4 will walk all over the Xbox. Way to go Microsoft. You’ve f*cked up again.

    • http://twitter.com/laserfloyd Lewis McCrary

      The Xbox specs are not confirmed. Aside from that, you only need insane specs for hardcore gaming. Even if the specs aren’t as good you have to consider the big picture. Xbox is now a home entertainment system and it’s selling quite well. Now, if they’d kill the requirement for XBL Gold to get to Netflix, Amazon, etc then they’d be set.

      • http://www.facebook.com/hingethunder Mark Matheson

        I’m sorry Lewis but Xbox should be a gaming device first, everything else is an extra.
        I bought my Xbox and 360 because of the games not because of any additional features.
        MS shouldn’t forget gamers got them to where they are with the Xbox, everyone else that bought it years after 360 came out because of the Kinect gimmick or for streaming video services were an additional bonus.
        I returned my iPhone 4 after a week of dropped calls because I needed something that was primarily a phone not an app-whore that could occasionally make/take calls. Remember what your devices are for people!

        • Zeehunter

          Chill .. People should stop blaming MS just based on rumors ..
          We will have a good discussion when the real specs are released .
          Don’t forget rumors stated 4GB GDDR5 for PS3 which got upgraded to 8GB GDDR5

          • http://www.facebook.com/jason.duffus Jason Duffus

            lol Most of the people complaining are MS haters anyways.

          • http://twitter.com/TombstoneX Jason C Matzke

            Fan Bois will always protect their company instead of fact’s! Don’t be the person “No, it’ is so …that not a fire coming to my house!, and watch it burn to the ground with all your belongings inside 10 hours later!”

    • http://www.facebook.com/jason.duffus Jason Duffus

      I am sorry, but when iol comes to efficiency in optimizing the hardware for the framework, MS as this one. Generally when Higher Specs are thrown in it is to compensate for non optimized software. Hence why IOS and WP8 run better on lesser hardware than Android.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hingethunder Mark Matheson

    Said it before but I am unhappy if this spec is truly MS best solution.

    When the Xbox came out, it was a bit more powerful than the PS2, games looked noticably better (check the difference between Splinter Cell on each)

    360 was a little less powerful than the PS3 (most cross platforms were slightly better on 360 due to difficulty programming PS3)

    but the vNext will be a lot less powerful than the PS4, whilst we have to wait and see what the vNext can do it seems clear that Sony has finally made a machine that is easy to program with a hell of a lot of power whilst MS want a reasonably spec’d machine for the masses – not the gamer.

    I hope I am wrong, I hope the rumoured spec is just a rumour.

  • Tak1

    Gotta say the ps4 specs are very impressive and I don’t like the next box built in Kinect feature don’t need it I own both a ps3 and xbox360 my main console being the Xbox or I have over 70 xbox games and and about 10 ps3 titles if the rumoured specs are true the ps4 seems to be most powerfull and could well become my main console of choice unless xbox improve those specs

  • Tak1

    Rumoured specs of next xbox not good enough don’t want and don’t forget care about Kinect ms need to at least match ps4 specs to keep the core gamers they are making a big mistake they should use all the Xbox live subs to subsidise a monster Co sole and out spec ps4 if the lose core gamers they lose gold su s as well I really want next xbox buy I am a hardcore gamer and currently ps4 I’d where most of my money will be going ms had done well with the 360 but some of there thongs there planning will lose then market share the rumoured specs need to be on a par with ps4

  • mrdeezus

    The next Xbox better have Bluetooth.

  • SagetB

    Its funny watching these two fight it out, it is like watching buggy makers fighting over market share as the automobile is taking over.

  • http://www.facebook.com/asptheone Abraham Soto

    THE PLAYSTATION LOOK a lot more powerful, almost 50% more powerful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/asptheone Abraham Soto

    If Microsoft make a weaker console, they still charge for live and the price of the game and the PS4 are very similar, I will skip the Xbox this generation. I have been always an Xbox fan because of the hardware but this time everything can change.

  • Brydo

    Some may remember that the PS3 was announced with Dual HDMI and Dual Ethernet. That didn’t happen, lets see what really comes of the annoucement.

  • Brydo

    Some may remember that the PS3 was announced with Dual HDMI and Dual Ethernet. That didn’t happen, lets see what really comes of the annoucement.

  • Al Carmona

    PS4 nuff said!!!! you pay for everything on xbox, and they give you nothing, at least with sony they have playstation plus which you can pay for if you want it and your always getting games every month free or at a huge discount whats microsoft do for their customers? charge em to watch netflix and other services lol you can keep that!!!!!

  • Joe_HTH

    Rumors and rumors, and almost never pan out.

  • Antti Piirainen

    Again it’ll boil down to whether you want Gran Turismo or Forza.

    I’ve been partial to the Japanese way of making gaming and entertainment products ever since NES. I feel more at home in the living room with a PlayStation or a Wii than I would be with an Xbox. Microsoft’s services are somewhat faceless and tasteless. Heck, even the flagship game character is plastic from head to toes.

    Also, copypasta from Xbox to Windows means that there’s somewhat of a lack of exclusivity. For getting high on hardware specs, that’s exactly where the PC stands in with all its upgradeability and it is something I already and will most likely always have.

    I’m 100% with Windows and Windows Phone on other platforms, though. That’s where Microsoft got the user experience right.

    Now, actualizing something like the IllumiRoom concept would be a real game changer, but until then…