IHS On PS4 And Xbox One Similarity: ‘The Two Consoles Are Not Clones, But Are Definitely Related’

‘Even the net power requirements for the two consoles are very much alike, which further underscores functional similarity.’

Posted By | On 28th, Nov. 2013 Under News | Follow This Author @GamingBoltTweet


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Andrew Rassweiler, senior director at IHS believes that both the PS4 and Xbox one are architecturally similar. IHS is a research firm that specializes in video games console research.

“It’s interesting that AMD has taken over the core central processing unit (CPU) and graphic processing unit (GPU) in both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. This is a very different landscape from the hardware of just a few years ago, when IBM was dominating the core CPU slot in both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles.”

“Both chips are built in 28-nanometer-process geometry, have the same number of CPU cores, and possess similar silicon die surface area between the two, suggesting similar amounts of functionality and processing power. Even the net power requirements for the two consoles are very much alike, which further underscores functional similarity. The two consoles are not clones, but are definitely related, ” Rassweiler said in a press release sent to GamingBolt.

Furthermore, Steve Mather, senior principal analyst at IHS believes that Microsoft will be losing more money over the Xbox One compared to its previous console but this strategy will attract new customers.

“The Xbox One is designed to serve as a beachhead in the home for Microsoft, with the console’s capability to interact with—and interface to—other devices, such as televisions, set-top boxes, smartphones and tablets. Gaining such a strategic advantage in the battle to control the connected home and Internet-enabled living room is well worth having the Xbox One act as a loss leader for Microsoft.”

In our in-depth analysis of the PS4 and Xbox One we concluded that Sony’s next gen console definitely has the lead in performance. You can read our report here. Furthermore, you check out our PlayStation 4 review here and learn more about its various components here. You can also check out a video teardown and component cost breakdown by IHS Steve Mather over here.

Our report on Xbox One motherboard components and the review of the console itself will be going live later today.

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