With Nintendo’s recently released next-generation Wii U console doing worse than initially expected, most members of the gaming community have shifted their gaze toward Microsoft and Sony as they prepare to unveil their own next-generation consoles within the months to come. While there isn’t a plethora of information available concerning Microsoft and Sony’s latest gaming creations, a new report from VG247 reveals some interesting technical information they obtained from “developer sources” after this year’s CES.
The fourth PlayStation (PS4), allegedly codenamed Orbis, is apparently capable of running at 1.84 teraflops – a teraflop is a unit used to measure computing speed and is “equal to ‘one million million’ floating-point operations per second”. On the other hand, the next-generation Xbox, codenamed Durango and unofficially dubbed the Xbox 720, will supposedly operate at 1.23 teraflops.
If Vg247’s information is accurate, the PS4 will have a roughly 50% “raw, computational power advantage” over the Xbox 720, which, needless to say, is substantial.
Fortunately for Microsoft, Sony’s PlayStation 4 console won’t take the gold in every technical playing field, as sources suggest the PS4 will come equipped with 4GB of RAM (3GB of which will be dedicated to gaming). This is where Microsoft really has the upper hand, the Xbox 720 is said to sport 8GB of RAM with – depending on which rumors you chose to believe – between 4-7GB reserved for gaming.
While this isn’t VG247’s first time leaking information and initiating rumors, according to a contradicting report from Now Gamer, both systems will be capable operating at 3.2 teraflops. In theory, if Now Gamer’s intel is accurate, the two consoles should offer equal performance, right? Wrong. The Xbox 720’s internal architecture is far superior in comparison to the PS4’s, allowing for three SOCs (System On Chip), effectively boosting its actual performance to 4.2 teraflops.
One console will offer superior performance. The question now is, which one? Stay tuned for complete coverage on any and all relevant and substantial rumors pertaining to Microsoft and Sony’s forthcoming Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4.