Microsoft Says The Difference Between PS4 and Xbox One Specs is ‘Fairly Marginal’

‘It all comes down to the games.’

Posted By | On 15th, Jan. 2014 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


The Xbox One retails for $500- a full $100 more than the PlayStation 4- but it is weaker hardware, and not just on paper, but also in tangible terms, as PS4 games have consistently outperformed Xbox One games since launch.

This is an unlucky combination- more expensive and less powerful- but Microsoft’s Alan Bowman downplayed the power gap, saying that the difference was ‘fairly marginal.’

“We’ve got a unique value proposition, and from just a pure specs perspective it’s always gonna be a fairly marginal difference. The purists are gonna argue the toss, but I think it comes down to the games.”

He added, “You’re gonna see great exclusive games on Xbox One, and when you look at the cross-platform games, and there’s gonna be exclusive content on Xbox One. We’d like to be in more markets – this is a global business – but it’s also a long-term business, and we’ll progressively launch in more markets over the coming year.”

So far, multi platform games have consistently performed worse on the Xbox One, and they usually launch with additional content on the PlayStation 4 version (such as Assassin’s Creed IV), so Microsoft does not have a point to make there. Admittedly, they do offer better exclusive games at the moment- Killer Instinct, Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3, and Ryse are all better than Killzone Shadow Fall or Knack- but this is before Sony has flexed its considerable first party muscle.

We’ll see whether consumers are willing to part with a hundred more bucks for the Xbox One in the coming months.


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  • RealGeee

    PS4 pwns!

  • Aura7541

    At this point, Microsoft should just focus on making games. To deny the indisputable fact that the XBox One is much weaker in comparison to the PS4 is childish, especially when they’re still doing it months after launch.

    • Dakan45

      psst moron a 300$ pc can max out outlast at 1080p 60 fps.

      Idiotic sonytards

    • Aura7541

      Perhaps if you put more energy making valid arguments instead of throwing insults, people will take you more seriously. Knock it off.

    • Dakan45

      Are you blind or naturally a troll? I already told you outlast is not a graphically impressive game you can max it out with a 6 year old pc, a 300$ pc should be able to max it, next gen consoles shouldnt have any problem running this but.. PS4 IS FOR THE WINZ as you dumb dudebros say.

      Seriously its riddiculus if you dont lick sony’s dck then you must be a xbot. Freaking fanboys.

    • Aura7541

      Your immediate resort to throwing more insults just confirms my last comment. Just because I and others enjoy playing games on systems you don’t like, doesn’t mean you can basically start cyberbullying as you please. I dare you to try posting your comment in gaming forums like GamrConnect, Neogaf, GamFAQs, etc. No one will take you seriously, regardless of their system of choice. You’d also get banned in an instant, so I guess why you’re tantruming around in Disqus where there are little to no rules on commenting. I like gaming on PC as much as I like playing on Playstation platforms so I don’t understand what’s your deal.

    • Dakan45

      you are the one who is being a gigantic idiot and upvote comments who are not facts but wrong.

      All i stated is that ps4 can run this no problem since a 300$ pc can max it out, even a 6 year old pc can and what did you sonytards did? Downvoted me and continued spreading missinformation about pc.

      So yeah ITS YOU who are the horrible persons and you should be ashmed of yourselfs that kind behavior doesnt encourate me to respect you only to treat you like the idiotic fantards i know you are.

      Suck sony some more.

    • Aura7541

      You should be ashamed of yourself. Really, no true gamer would cyberbully another gamers for his/her differences. What’s even more hilarious is that you claim that I’m accepting whatever Sony offers, which is far from the truth. As a true gamer, I like gaming on PC and on Playstation. You, on the other hand, aren’t. No person who spends more time insulting others than gaming is a true gamer. That’s a fact.

      Now go continue tantruming like a little kid just because he can’t have his way.

    • Dakan45

      oh am sorry isnt that what you sony fantards do all the freaking time?

      Freaking idiot

      A REAL gamer would at the very least admit he is wrong, which you dont do.

      Ill say it again, a 300$ pc can max out outlast, ps4 should easilly max it, so the “you need a super videocard” is BULCRAP.

    • Dakan45

      so you changed your name to be more like mine?

      Someone has serious trolling issues here and thats not me.

      “No one believes nor will believe what you say because of your lack of
      restraint and respect for other people’s differences in tastes.”

      Says the sony fanboy.

      Ill be honest i tried to be neutral but you sonytards destryoed the gaming community.

      i remember a article on this site saying that developers were happy with ps4 and xbox one and it made it sound like they only liked ps4 and hated xbox one.

      I stated that devs were happy with both systems and not just ps4, and i got insults and bashed about it.

      Another article was stating that the developer of star citizen likes the new consoles more than the previous times because they are more like pcs and that will make things easy for pc gamers.

      That didnt change the fact that people in the comments started a war on whats the best console and which has the best exlusives which was COMPLETLY irrelevant to the discussion.

      Basicly fanboys dont need a excuse to start this annoying war and its sony fanboys that do this, xbox fanboys dont care if ps4 is more powerfull, they just gonna get xbox.

      On all that, you even agree with those in denial sony fanboys when i merely stated a fact, that outlast is not a demanding game and ps4 should run it easilly

      Apparently if you dont agree with the sony fanboys on licking sony’s dck then they dissagree with you.

      Long story short, i am a bigger victim of this behavior than you.

      Actual logical arguments bases on facts= people hating you.

      Praising ps4= people liking you.

      Do you see the problem here ?

      This site is filled with sony fanboys and gamingbolt makes those articles for the hits.

  • rjo

    For me this was the eyeopener that did it for me when i read this through i almost bought an XB1 but after seeing reviews coming in and the specs i’m glad i made the choice to go for the ps4 instead and i’m glad i did.

  • Benjammin Carder

    And now thats a fact. Nun of the parties can argue against that statement

  • cozomel

    “Microsoft Says The Difference Between PS4 and Xbox One Specs is ‘Fairly Marginal'”
    Really? cuz COD running at 125% higher res on the PS4 begs to differ! As does BF4 (which runs at a 56% higher res along with a better framerate).
    Also DR3 & Ryse both only run at 720p and can barely maintain 30fps.
    KI is only 720p with only 6 characters (is that even a full game?)
    And Forza is half the game Forza 4 was.
    And even their next upcoming supposed big hitter (Titanfall) only runs at 720p (pathetic!)
    Whereas KZSF runs at 1080p 30fps+ in SP mode and 1080/60fps MP mode (actually the framerate in MP is more like 40-60fps)
    So there is nothing marginal about that MS. But i see that MS is just as delusional as its fanboys. I see where they get it from. Or is it the other way around?

    • Dakan45

      psst moron a 300$ pc can max out outlast at 1080p 60 fps.

      Idiotic sonytards.


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