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PS4 to have ‘raw power advantage’ over Xbox 720 release?

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The Sony PS4 is to have a “50 per cent raw power advantage” over the upcoming Xbox 720 release, insider sources have suggested.

The latest in a rapidly flowing collection of recent Xbox 720 and PS4 rumours, latest reports have claimed the PS3 follow-on will be significantly more powerful than the heavily rumoured Xbox 720, despite the Microsoft Xbox 360 replacement reportedly playing host to more RAM.

Citing unnamed ‘developer sources’, gaming site VG247 has suggested that the as yet unconfirmed Sony PS4 will have as much as a “50 per cent raw power advantage” over the equally speculative Xbox 720 console, reportedly in the works from Microsoft.

Offering more detailed figures, the newly surfaced insider sources have claimed that whilst the Xbox 720, currently sporting the codename Durango, will feature a run capability of 1.23 teraflops, the Sony PS4, dubbed Orbis, will boast 1.84 teraflops of computing power.

Adding backing to previous Xbox 720 rumours, the latest reports have claimed that Microsoft’s next-generation console will sport 8GB of RAM, with 3GB being reserved for the gamer’s OS, apps and security whilst the remaining 5GB will be available to games.

PS4 and Xbox 720 Rumours

Long the thing of rumour and speculation, a number of Xbox 720 and PS4 rumours have circulated in recent weeks with both console’s expected to enter the realms of reality sooner rather than later.

Both seemingly intent not to be overshadowed by a raft of E3 2013 announcement, it is expected that both Nintendo Wii U rivals will be formally unveiled at dedicated launch events in March with the Xbox 720 and PS4 release date to see retailers take stock in November, in time for the pre-Christmas shopping rush.

Which of the two hotly anticipated games consoles are you most looking to wrapping your gamepads around, the Sony PS4 or the Xbox 720? Let us know via the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or through the comment boxes below.

Oberoth

January 18, 2013, 4:28 pm

If they have an idea of performance then they have to have an idea of spec to base this claim on? So where is the spec for the PS4?

Lets not forget that the original Cell chips was going to be the fastest CPU the world had ever seen and look how that turned out.

Dave

January 18, 2013, 6:44 pm

A GeForce GTX 580 is about 1.5 TFLOPS, so we aren't really taking mind bending figures here. It really doesn't look like these consoles are going to eclipse the PC for 3+ years like previous generations.

Anyway, we've all heard Sony 'independent' rhetoric before. Yes, the Cell in the PS3 was pretty impressive for scientific calculations, but it was nowhere near as powerful as it was hyped when it came to it's primary role of playing games... personally I'm not that excited about either console at the moment.

Jesus should be in video games

January 18, 2013, 7:34 pm

In my opinion, more power doesn't necessarily mean better games. I believe with enough creativity in software and hardware motion controls and augmented reality that Xbox could still create a more memorable and enjoyable experience than the PS4 if power is all that Sony is bringing to the table.

Kif12345

January 19, 2013, 7:48 am

It turned out PS3 having best looking games on any console, like Uncharted, Last of us, Beyond: Two Souls, God of war 3 and GT5

Chris Beach

January 19, 2013, 8:33 am

Cept it didn't, those were excellent looking agred but also exclusives.

Most of the cross platform releases looked 'better' on the 360 until much later (last 1.5 years).

Chris Beach

January 19, 2013, 8:40 am

So technically did the PS3, cept no body could utilize it properly. It also had one design area flaw on the memory / framebuffer and that turned out to be dramatic. Meant the 360 consistently had the better looking games, not by much obviously. But if you had both consoles then the 360 version was the better one for graphics and also multiplayer.

tbh if one side announces backward compatibility and the other doesn't...I think that will kill the war dead...this generation has been so long, that people have a much larger catalogue of games. If they both do/don't I think they'll both be slower selling the last time and it boil down to the attractiveness of its other features (tv streaming etc etc)

Mark Colit

January 19, 2013, 10:36 am

I'll be amazed if the PS4 is released, and if it is, there will be setbacks to the schedule, due to Sony's ongoing financial crisis and near-junk bond status

Toss3

January 19, 2013, 11:22 am

Teraflops != gaming performance; the 7970 outputs around 3.7 teraflops while the 680Gtx does around 2.5, yet the latter delivers better performance.

Toss3

January 19, 2013, 11:24 am

Consoles don't need nearly as much raw performance as PCs do to do the same tasks. My guess is that they are aiming for 1080p with 4xAA, so there's really no need to go faster(yet).

Oberoth

January 19, 2013, 12:15 pm

You could make game run at 1080p at 4xAA on a 3 year old phone if you really wanted, it would just look crap and be very basic.
The 'power' of a system is not what resolution it can run at or what AA setting its at, it's how complex the game is, draw distance, res of the textures, particle effects, ray tracing, HDR, physics, AI...

Yes i think all next gen games will have a prerequisite of 1080p & 4xAA but that doesn't mean they look any better than todays games, that only comes from the other stuff and that can only go as far as the hardware lets it, no games very much depend on the raw performance of their hardware.

Yes PC have much larger overheads and at not as streamlined so identically speced console vs PC would be an easy fight for a console. But don't limit a console now as that is all they need for today as they will be around for atleast 6 years.

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