The next Xbox has been officially announced and is called the “Xbox One”. It will be more multimedia and Kinect focused than the current Xbox 360. Sadly, due to the new hardware architecture, the Xbox One will not be backwards compatible with Xbox 360 games however your gamer-score and gamer-tag will be transferable from your old console. Although the Xbox One has some good hardware specs, nothing stands out that would place it ahead of the competition. Below is a side by side comparison between the Xbox One and Playstation 4.
The console turns on just from you saying “Xbox on”. It will launch into what you were doing last. This passive listening is a huge deal for natural interface. It seems incredibly responsive in the demo, but for now it’s unclear if this is an actual demo or if it’s being simulated. It also integrates right into your TV. “Xbox, watch TV” drops you right into a live television feed. The amazing part of this is that you can switch quickly from movies, TV, games, a browser or anything else, just by saying “Xbox, go to”, or even just “Go to movies”.
The new Kinect has a 1080p sensor, and captures videos at 60fps and far finer detection. It detects the twist of a wrist, or how balanced you are. The sensor field is expanded by 60 percent, and uses a modulated IR beam, and uses “time-of-flight” tech to measure the time it takes photos to travel back to the Kinect. Microsoft claims it works in complete darkness.
|Components||Microsoft Xbox One||Sony PlayStation 4|
|CPU||8 Core CPU custom built by Microsoft||Single-chip custom x86 AMD “Jaguar” processor, 8 cores|
|Graphics Processor||D3D 11.1 chip with 32 MB embedded memory||1.84 TFlops, AMD Radeon Graphics Core|
|Memory (RAM)||8 GB DDR3||8 GB GDDR5|
|Memory (Storage)||500 GB HDD||Not yet announced|
|Optical Drive||Blu-ray/DVD combo drive||Blu-Ray/DVD combo drive|
|I/O||USB 3.0||USB 3.0|
|Communication||Ethernet, three different 802.11n radios (for connecting to controller and other devices), WiFi Direct||Ethernet, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 (EDR)|
|A/V||HDMI input and output, 1080p and 4K support, Optical output||HDMI, Analog-AV, Optical output|
|Controller||Xbox One controller with redesigned directional pad||Motion-sensing six-axis, clickable touch pad, share button|
|Motion Control||New Microsoft-developed Kinect camera, with 250,000-pixel infrared depth sensor and 1080p camera||PlayStation Eye dual lens 1280x800x2 camera|
|Price||Not yet announced||Not yet announced|
|Availability||Later this year||Holiday 2013|
Credit to Joystick for making this excellent chart.
Not all of the hardware specs have been clarified and revealed, but so far Sony’s PS4 has the advantage with 8GB DDR5 RAM, which is very high performance, compared to the Xbox’s 8GB DDR3 RAM.
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