New Benchmark Results Show PS4’s GPU Is Faster Than Xbox One, Can Play 4K Video Frames Faster

Update: RAD Tools developer reveals that Bink is dependent on both CPU and GPU resulting into an effective speed of 2.3 ms on both consoles.

Posted By | On 23rd, Feb. 2014 Under News


Update: A developer from Rad Game Tools got in touch with us clarifying that the numbers were incorrectly phrased on their website [which they have corrected now]. The developer also told us that Bink on GPU uses both the CPU and the GPU. The developer shared the following numbers with us:

  • PC (2.8Ghz Core i5 with 4 cores and AMD R9 290x): CPU: 1.3 ms.  GPU: 1.4 ms.
  • PS4: CPU 2.3 ms. GPU: 1.6 ms.
  • Xbox: CPU 2.3 ms. GPU: 2.3 ms.

As you can see, the GPU time is less on the PlayStation 4 since it has more compute units but the time is still limited by the CPU and GPU on both the Xbox One and PS4, resulting into an effective speed of 2.3 ms on both consoles.

Original Story: While you may not explicitly know about it, catching a glimpse of its logo before the beginning of each video game, Bink Video is a very well-known video format. It’s been used for nearly decades now to present cutscenes and full motion video in games ranging from the original Xbox to the PlayStation 3. Bink Video has gotten even better with the reveal of Bink 2 but developer RAD Game Tools pointed out something interesting about the same.

First, it proclaims the speed of Bink 2 thanks to “multi-core scaling and SIMD design (up to 70% of the instructions executed on a frame are SIMD). It is really fast – it can play 4K video frames (3840×2160) in 4 ms on PCs and 11 ms on Sony PS4 or Xbox One using the CPU only (or 1.4 ms and 2.3 ms using GPU acceleration)!”

The last part is especially interesting, because it indicates the PlayStation 4 is faster than the Xbox One’s GPU for this particular instance. Sure it’s only slightly faster but it still counts. The similarity in both systems’ CPU speeds is understandable since they both rely on AMD CPUs with 8 cores. But this is perhaps the first solid instance of the PS4’s GPU being superior.

What are your thoughts on the same? Let us know in the comments.

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  • ExplodedFour

    Does this also include the 10% that’s being held back in the xbox one? Or just what’s being used at the moment? Because if the ps4 is winning by just a little and the xbox one isn’t using the 10% behind the kinect then wouldn’t that make xbox one the better one? If this is tested without the extra 8% that Microsoft are willing to give up then I would like to see the result when and if they release the 8%. This is my theory but seems like Microsoft could grab an edge when the 8% is released and the new SDK is out.

    Anyways both consoles are amazing despite differences.

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  • Collego

    It’s not like any of you have a 4k TVs and how many Cable/Sat companies are going to support (fully) the extra bandwidth require for 4K boardcast??? Great/better graphics without a good physics engine means nothing. Beside financially Sony is in big trouble. They need to make the PS4 work and we will see if their strategy has staying power…we will see.

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  • You are flat out wrong

    Bu bu but Xbots told me only Xbone can do 4K games.

    Can’t wait to play Pong on an Xbone in ten years in glorious 4K, if the piece of sh*t is even around by then.

  • Gabrielsp85

    I think OP gotta learn to read. Main article says “It is really fast – it can play 4K video frames (3840×2160) in 4 ms PCs and 11 ms PS4/Xbox One using the CPU only (or 1.4 ms PC and 2.3 ms PS4/Xbox using GPU acceleration)!”

  • Eagles83

    Thanks for writing the Captain Obvious article of the month.

  • tech

    “Bink 2.4 now ships with optional GPU decoding! Using compute shaders on
    Windows, Linux, Sony PS4 and Xbox One, you can offload much of the
    video decoding. This is two to four times faster than CPU-only decode
    (and even more for 4K video). Decode 4K video frames in 2.3ms on PS4, and 1.4 ms on a PC!”

    This was from the original source. This is complete fail article.

  • dirkradke

    I don’t own either box, but I still have the same response – Who cares? The video games are good the movies playback fine and if you have 1 system you’re unlikely to have the other so direct comparisons are meaningless unless you’re trying to determine which system to buy. 2.3 vs 1.6 = 0.7 difference. Oooh that is so much faster… more like so what.

    • GraveUypo

      0.7 difference?
      40%ish difference.

      if it was 23000 vs 16000 = 7000 diference would that make it seem bigger to you? because it isn’t.

    • dirkradke

      Well, since we agree I guess I don’t need to respond further unless you simply missed the sarcasm in my post. Carry on.

    • GraveUypo

      nice save buddy

      see? THAT’s sarcasm.

  • TillMaster

    this is getting so sad , the gaming community that is , i hope it doest go down the tube like everything else did ala 2005 , it seems to be starting

  • marc berry

    When PS4 can match a FH2 a real next -gen engine let me know. DC did a great job, right? HA,HA,HA.


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