How Does PlayStation Compare to Xbox?


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The PlayStation 4 is a more powerful device than the Xbox One. However, the Xbox One has several features that the PlayStation 4 lacks, such as backwards compatibility, voice controls and greater multimedia capabilities.

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The same CPU powers both consoles. It's an eight-core, 64-bit X86 Jaguar CPU that runs at 1.6 gigahertz. However, PlayStation 4 has a considerably better GPU that has 1152 stream processors, 32 raster operation processors and 72 texture mapping units. In comparison, the GPU of the Xbox One has only 768 stream processors, 16 raster operation processors and 48 texture mapping units. Both GPUs have 8 gigabytes of memory and 256-bit memory bandwidth.

Both consoles are capable of 4K video output, although games are often limited to 1920 by 1080 resolution. Both support 7.1 surround sound and have HDMI and Optical A/V ports. The PlayStation 4 can also stream video games directly to a PS Vita on the same network. Likewise, the Xbox One can stream games to Windows computers via Wi-Fi.

The gamepads of the two gaming consoles differ greatly. Whereas the Xbox One controller features diagonal thumb sticks, the DualShock 4 of the PlayStation 4 has a mostly symmetrical design. The PS4 controller also has a touch screen, built in speakers and an earphone jack. Both gamepads can vibrate and detect motion.

The two consoles feature exclusive games that are not available for any other platform. Some Xbox exclusives are: "Forza Motorsport 5," "Halo 5: Guardians" and "Ryse: Son of Rome." In comparison, the PS4 offers "Driveclub," "Killzone: Shadow Fall" and "Deep Down."

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