Last month, Sony revealed the full PlayStation 4 specs and features, and it wasn’t just the “supercharged PC” hardware that surprised gamers, it was the next-gen features they built into the console. Features such as streaming gameplay videos, streaming older games, and a bunch of social and sharing features that made the PS4 feel truly next gen.
Microsoft will announce their PlayStation 4 competitor next month (according to reports), and it’ll certainly be interesting to see what they’ve got inside the box. Microsoft has been rumored to focus on DVR and media with the next Xbox console, and there have been suggestions that the console could be sold or bundled by cable companies. While Microsoft no doubt will make their next gen system a powerful one, we’ll have to see if they have the same focus on games, cloud, and social as the PlayStation 4 does.
Sony realized the mistakes they made with the PlayStation 3 hardware, in particular, the Cell CPU. With the next generation PlayStation 4 console, they went and talked to developers to see what they wanted from a console. Not just in terms of hardware specs, but the controller, the social features, and online connectivity, etc. Has Microsoft been doing the same with the next Xbox console? Time will tell. Sony’s approach certainly impressed developers around the world — the PlayStation 4 has received a lot of praise for its hardware and features.
Another thing to look out for — and perhaps the most important thing — are the games. Sony showed a wide variety of games during the PlayStation 4 unveiling, including action games such as Killzone Shadow Fall, a racing game (DriveClub), and many others. So far, 11 PlayStation 4 games have been confirmed, most of them will be launch titles when the console hits the store shelves later this year. Let’s see what kind of lineup Microsoft has for its new console — the company certain has plenty of exclusive franchises to take advantage of.
According to rumors, the Xbox 720 will feature about the same specs as the PS4: 8-core CPU, powerful Radeon GPU, and 8 GB of RAM. However, rumors so far have indicated that the next Xbox will use a much slower GDDR3 interface, compared to the PS4’s GDDR5.
But, rumors are rumors, and they did prove wrong before: everyone was saying the PS4 would include 4 GB of RAM, and Sony went on to surprise everyone with double that. It’s likely we might see something similar with the Xbox 720. One thing is certain: it’s far too late to change the specs of the console at this point for Microsoft.
Sony set some high standards with the PS4, and it’ll be interesting to see Microsoft’s counter. According to various reports, the next Xbox will be unveiled in April.