Forget What You’ve Heard, PlayStation 4 Handily Outperforms Xbox One


An article recently published on EDGE sheds some light on the numbers behind the upcoming console war. Between the PlayStation 4 OS debacle and Albert Penello’s recent NeoGAF posting, it’s hard to know what to believe. So what’s the best way to sift through the bullshit you ask? Talk to the developers creating games for the consoles.

Here’s a few facts pulled from the article:

  • The PlayStation 4 is approximately 50% faster than the Xbox One
  • The PS4 ALU (arithmetic logic unit) is around 50% faster than X1 – ALU is a core building block of the central processing unit of a computer
  • Without graphics optimization on either console, a platform-agnostic development build can run at around 30 FPS in 1920×1080 on PS4, but on Xbox one the same build with run 20-something FPS in 1600×900


Based on these figures, there’s a significant gap between the two consoles. A much larger one than Microsoft executives have been leading gamers to believe. As for Sony, they’re content to let the numbers speak for themselves. There hasn’t been much in the way of spin since back at the PlayStation 4 reveal.

Do numbers sway you, are you a fanboy, or had you made up your mind long ago? Do you prefer to game where the best performance lies, or do you follow your friends’ lead? Let us know in the comments below?

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Dylan Zellmer

Dylan splits time between games journalism, designing video games, and playing them. Outside of his deep involvement in the games industry, he enjoys It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Shameless, A Song of Ice and Fire, fitness, and family.
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