Hardware Comparison - Xbox One Vs PS4 Vs PC
Written by Andrew Moynihan on 22 May 2013 at 12:53

We've finally seen the Xbox One and heard about it's hardware, which means it's time to do the hardware comparisons we've been waiting for.

Now that the hardware has been announced, developers are giving us more information on the systems; so lets compare the Xbox One to the PS4, and both against my own rig...

Hardware Comparison - Xbox One Vs PS4 Vs PC

Lets do a quick rundown of each console; the Xbox One was revealed last night to have an 8 core CPU chip, with the graphics solution included in it. The Jaguar CPU is actually the same as the one in the PS4 - although the graphics capabilities are different. Both consoles are set to have 8GB of RAM, which will allow a lot of multitasking capabilities.

Have a look at the basic comparison:

 

First, a disclaimer - much of the information we have about the hardware is based on what the development studios are saying, and hasn't been officially confirmed by Microsoft (or torn apart and examined!)

Now lets look at the two new consoles; both are using the Jaguar 8 core 1.6GHz CPU, and the graphics for these machines are integrated solutions.

Developers have estimated the performance equivalents for the Graphics, which is a huge jump over the original consoles. Finally, both consoles will be using 8GB of RAM, for larger maps and faster multitasking. For reference, current top end PC games still do not use much more than 4GB-6GB, but this could be due to game developers waiting for the consoles to have more RAM available.

The two consoles then are largely the same as far as hardware goes, but the software will be very telling. The Xbox One will be running three different Operating systems in order to switch between programs quickly. Although this will allow very easy multitasking, it will take up a reasonable portion of the RAM - which then can't be used for elsewhere, like for gaming.

The 8 core Jaguar CPU's have never been seen in the wild, so we can only estimate their performance. The first thing that springs to mind is that very few programs are properly optimised for 8 cores. Games and programs are only just catching up to make use of the quad cores, so it will take some time before the multithreading is good enough to make full use of the Jaguar CPU.

Of course, with the graphics solution on the same chip, much of the computation can be handed off to the more powerful graphics chips. This will boost the performance over just the CPU's.

As far as the price goes, both of the consoles are expected to be sold, at least from launch, with two different models. Of course these models will be at different price points, although the hardware will still be mostly the same.

When a new bit of tech comes out the enormous R&D costs for creating the machine are usually not paid back for many years to come. The sales of the machines are just one area where Sony and MS recoup their costs, the other areas are from direct game sales and additional services the machines can deliver.

Expected prices  are between $300 and $500; which is still cheaper than the estimated cost of my PC at current prices. Bear in mind that my PC cost also includes a very pretty case and a solid, long life PSU - both of which are actually from my last PC! Removing the cost of those puts my rig in the same price bracket of $300 to $500.

So, the PS4 is looking strong in terms of Graphics power, especially compared to the Xbox One; which will also have other processes draining the resources it has. My PC sits in the middle, somewhat on the lower end. Of course, my PC will be upgraded in another 3 years or so, which will almost certainly put it back on top until the next generation of consoles appears.

 

We have to also consider and presume that every component in both consoles is likely to have been designed and then built for its purpose. That each component is perfectly matched to each other component, making data timings between components excellently synched. This in turn can very well give a significant boost in terms of relative performance from these console machines over a PC that is built from various, possibly slightly mismatched components. Just something to consider when thinking about real world console lifespan.

What do you guys think of these specs? Are they enough for gamers today, or would you want more? Tell us below!

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louie123456789
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does my pc compare

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How does my rig compare to the consoles?

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How does my rig compare to the consoles?

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how's my rig against these consoles?

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Better than both of them.

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Should I buy a PS4 or upgrade my rig? All my friends will be buying a PS4 and none of my friends play on PC. What should I do?

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Find better friends.

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i think you should upgrade your pc

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3.0ghz CPU uhm what did you compare it to a CORE 2 QUAD? because the 3.0ghz quad core IS MUCH FASTER then the jaguar CPU's take a look. " Kabini aimed at notebooks and mini PCs, Temash aimed at tablets," no way in hell a 1.8ghz tablet CPU can out perform a 3.0ghz desktop CPU I AM SORRY BUT I CALL BS

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PS+ = $50 a year.
xbox live = $60 a year.
You need to upgrade your pc every year.
if your PS4/xone is 3 years old it can still run the newest games, but a $700 pc can't run the newest games if it's 3-4 years old.
I'm a PC/Console gamer, i play on console because all my friends do.
Only 2 friends of my play games on pc.
37 Friends play PS3.
And 15 play Xbox.
So.. Yeah.. it's an easy choise for me.

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Wait what, you don't need to upgrade PC every year, I hope you were joking. Also, PC can run the newest games if it's 3-4 years old. Probably not at the highest details, but still at better details than console.

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How does my rig stack up against the PS4?

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as for cpu, u need a serious update, as for gpu, it's near the performance of the ps4's gpu,but take in consideration that consoles always got the chance to get more games optimizations by devs, even if PC hardware are always better, more reliable, so even if u match the ps4 hardware configurations by a custom PC built, games performance would seem better on a ps4 than on that PC.
so either u buy a ps4, or a slightly higher pc specs than ps4

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Guys, should i go with the following: pentium g 2020 2.9ghz, 8gb ddr3 @ 1600mhz, 1gig gtx 650 Gigabyte, Gigabyte GA-H61M-DS2 or PS4?

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With PC youre free to mod, play online without paying monthly, etc.
REMEMBER, cheapest things ends being expensive.

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Thnx man

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tzzsmk
08:17 Jun-12-2013

that's a very bad idea, waste of money I'd say;
go for at least i3 which has enabled HyperThreading and is clocked above 3GHz :Đ

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+1 for that man.actually id rather go with fx-6300 than i3

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tzzsmk
09:17 Jun-12-2013

yea, that is better option for multi-core tasks :Đ

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XxSoultheKeeperXx
10:35 Jun-12-2013

and AM3+ has a killer upgrade path right now,for the money AMD has pretty compelling performance for the price,but don't expect games using 2 cores to run extraordinarily well like StarCraft II (unless you OC to atleast 4.2 GHz per core)

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unfortunately you cant OC i3. maybe 15-20 Mhz by Bclk but it just makes the system unstable. and that is why i in a way love my C2D.

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XxSoultheKeeperXx
14:22 Jun-12-2013

remember first gen i3's the overclockablity of those cpus were insane!

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yeah.. if only i had waited a for my build year… oh wait i was 9 then and didn't know jack about CPU's.

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tzzsmk
15:25 Jun-12-2013

I could OC my i3-2130 only by about 5%;

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XxSoultheKeeperXx
15:27 Jun-12-2013

nice! is its BCLK locked as well?

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tzzsmk
16:56 Jun-12-2013

I don't remember exactly, it was about year ago when I was messing with it, just see here my old blog about it :Đ

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XxSoultheKeeperXx
02:58 Jun-13-2013

thanks man gotta build my nephew a rig for TES:online so this will help a lot (for some reason he just won't get an AMD cpu -_-)

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how old is your nephew?

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XxSoultheKeeperXx
07:11 Jun-13-2013

12 years old now grows like a weed he's only 4 inches off of me he's 5'4 and I am 5'8 (yeah im short xD)

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so at USA 5'8 is considered short … damn…

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XxSoultheKeeperXx
09:00 Jun-13-2013

nah I'm short compared to the rest of my family my 3 other brothers are around 6'2(doesn't mean i can't kick their ass xD) ,and my father is 6'6

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O.O 6'6…

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hey this is my opinion for ps4 it already feels like you can only do this and that but not all of what the ps4 can be. pc for me seems more freeing. and xbox one.. its awesome… for a console

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I might buy PS4 instead of PC

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don't do it….just get a i5 3570k and a non stock gtx 770,both are very cheap and already outdated te ps4,ps5,ps6,ps7 by miles away xD

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tzzsmk
17:09 Jun-12-2013

even if he buys weakest newer (Sandy/Ivy/Haswell) i5, 8Gigs ram and any gfx card with 256bit bus he'll beat any console :Đ

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You guys are right, but wrong. That hardware will easily be better than the PS4, but will it add up to $400? Along with Windows, power supply, etc?
Don't think so. Unless you can show me all the links and prove it, then I'm going to buy the PS4 as planned :)

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yeah PS4 is a good option as its only 400 bucks while a PC like that will easily cost upto 800$

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tzzsmk
17:50 Jun-12-2013

well I'll try at least…
AMD X4 750K (quad core up to 4GHz, +OCable) costs about 90$
FM2 mobos in range from 50$ to 150$ (I'd go for A85X chipset, so 80$ about)
ram sticks, some cheap Kingston 1600MHz 2x4GB kit, about 75$
gfx card, let's say HD7770 for about 125$ or HD7790 for 150$
some psu (500W) for 50$

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tzzsmk
17:51 Jun-12-2013

the prices are according to most of my stores in my country, so those are average prices here :Đ
*OH I just noticed A10-6800K (up to 4.4GHz AND igpu APU 8670D) costs about 170$ so it may be a variant for that 750K if someone wants APU :P

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lol nope…ps4 is 400 plus 50 a year
the gtx 770 plus the i5 3570k it's maybe 600$ just search for it on newegg or something,and we have free multiplayer,mods and a lot more cool stuff….like the Interrogator said up there ^^ "REMEMBER, cheapest things ends being expensive."

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Thanks guys. I really appreciated your replies

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I don't care about graphics. I care more about the games. I'll be getting a PS4 first before I get a new PC. Those $50 bucks a year from PS Plus is more than worth it.

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Don't know if you've made your decision, but here is a guide to a build that will outperform next gen consoles. Clocks in at $438.74
http://www.reddit.com/r/pcmasterrace/comments/1no3e5/the_peasants_jerkfree_guide_to_converting_to_the/

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