Devs Say the PlayStation 4 Massively Outperforms the Xbox One
An anonymous survey of developers by Edge Magazine shows that the performance difference expected based on their specs turns out to be a reality. Developers told Edge that the PlayStation 4 is up to 50 percent faster than the Xbox One and the recent GPU boost hasn’t done much to fix that.
According to developers, the PS4’s memory reads outpace the XB1 by 40 to 50 percent with the Arithmetic Logic Unit being about 50% faster.
One example of the performance difference given to Edge was that a game build that wasn’t optimized for either console was running at 30 FPS at 1920 ×1080 resolution while the same build would run “20-something” FPS at 1600 x 900 on the Xbox One.
While nothing on the hardware or back-end software side has been set in stone, developers told Edge that Microsoft was missing opportunities to catch up there too. The Xbox One’s graphics drivers are said to be behind that of the PS4’s which is hurting their performance relative to Sony’s console. Logically, Microsoft can close the performance gap as they release new drivers for the XB1.
The Xbox One has one advantage over the PS4. One developer told Edge, “Let’s say you are using procedural generation or raytracing via parametric surfaces – that is, using a lot of memory writes and not much texturing or ALU – Xbox One will be likely be faster.” That quote makes no sense to me but it sounds like something positive about the Xbox One so chin up, Microsoft. It’s not all bad news.
Will we see a big difference between the two when games are actually released? That seems to be a point of debate. Most developers believe that it would be political suicide to make the PS4 version significantly better than the Xbox One version. Therefore, it’s expected that the PlayStation 4 versions of multi-platform games will be roughly in graphical quality to Xbox One console editions.
This makes me wonder what Microsoft thinks about PC games being far and away superior to the console edition of multi-platform games. Or do they care because they get their money regardless.
Source: Edge Magazine