Here Is How Next Xbox Stacks Up Against Next PS - CPU, GPU, RAM

Reports and rumors regarding Microsoft and Sony’s next gen consoles are coming our way from all directions. In this post we’ll list the most credible info we’ve come across so far.

CPU
Both PlayStation 4 (codenamed Orbis) and Xbox 720 (codenamed Durango) are said to feature eight-core CPUs clocked at 1.6GHz. Both CPUs are based on AMD’s “Jaguar” architecture with some console-specific modifications.

Jaguar is designed by AMD for its next generation of entry level laptops and tablets. Laptops equipped with Jaguar-based quad-core CPUs are set to ship later this year.

Orbis CPU is supposed to achieve 1.84 teraflops while Durango’s CPU is expected to achieve no more than 1.23 teraflops. If those numbers are correct, they mean that the next PlayStation will be 50% more powerful than the next Xbox in terms of raw CPU power. (FLOPS is a unit used to measure the speed of floating point calculations performed by a CPU.)

GPU
Reports indicate that Orbis sports a slightly underclocked AMD Radeon HD 7970M. Orbis GPU features 18 Graphics Core Next compute units running at 800 MHz compared to the original Radeon HD 7970M which sports 20 units running at 850 MHz. But don’t be fooled by this slight cut down. The HD 7970M is AMD’s current flagship and when coupled with hardware and OS optimized for gaming, it is likely to produce astonishing visuals.

As for Durango, some sources claim that its GPU is based on AMD’s next gen mid-range GPU, the Radeon HD 8870 which is scheduled for release later this year. While this suggests that Durango’s GPU is less powerful than Orbis’, sources related to Microsoft hint that the company has a secret weapon in the form of task-specific hardware modules that supplement the GPU.

RAM
While it seems that Orbis has an advantage over Durango in terms of CPU power, the opposite is true in terms of available memory. It seems that Durango will come equipped with 8GB of GDDR3 RAM split into 3GB dedicated to the Operating System, Apps and Security and 5GB available for games. On the other hand, reports indicate that Orbis will come with 4GB of GDDR5 RAM only and that 1GB of those will be reserved for the Operating System, leaving 3GB to the games.

Storage
Unfortunately, there is no info available yet regarding both console’s internal storage, but reports suggest that they will support 100GB Blu-ray discs.

Power Consumption
It is interesting to note that both next gen consoles employ laptop CPUs and GPUs instead of their more power-consuming counterparts. Of note also is their reliance on Jaguar-based CPUs that are characterized by their excellent performance per watt. All things considered, it is likely that next gen consoles will draw no more than 150W compared to current gen Microsoft and Sony consoles that consume 200W.

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Get a PC. Cheaper, faster,

Get a PC. Cheaper, faster, better. And for those of you that complain about backwards compatibility well the PC does it and if some games don't then get a VMware. And you can also play RTS and use a ps3 and 360 controller if not then force controller.

Gddr3 is not really that

Gddr3 is not really that great for Gpus all but the cheapest Gpus on pc now have Gddr5 ram cos 3 is so much of a bottle neck oh and it loucks like both ps4 and xbox 720 will both have the same porblems has pcs have ,, a os sucking ram.. oh and i thinkk its misleading to people to say it has x amount of ram if only part of that is used!
You voted 'no'.

What about nvidia?

So, none of them will use any piece of nvidia hardware? I highly doubt this, and by the moment I read those GPUs are mobile versions, I lost interest in "next" gen console gaming, for the second time around.

Your spot on. Fanboys think

Your spot on. Fanboys think its solely to do with CPU power and not architecture hence why they have been bashing the WII U. For example a p4 clocked at 3ghz runs slower than an i5 clocked at 2.4ghz. I have a pc and an xbox 360 and I'm looking forward to the new consoles being released. For me it's about how well games play not how good they look.

To clarify the comment below,

To clarify the comment below, only a ****** would reach the conclusion you did. There's plenty of free ram despite the 3gb used for the OS so bottleneck is not an issue. The only thing the OP did was question why 3GB since even new versions of windows don't use that much.

the greed of sony

Very nice point here, and this makes me sad. Enjoy another 5-7 years of crappy compressed textures on multiplaform releases. I'd like to see a SteamBox with 16gb of RAM, that put this console apart from the rest with their PC/SB exclusives and lure tons of console gamers to it while having the Linux OpenGL platform boosted like it never had been before.

Here comes the steambox

Here comes the steambox comment I was expecting. I wonder how much they are going to ask for a 16GB module though, thats said if the mobo on the **** thing even supports it that high. Since rumors state the steam box will be 499$ when it releases and the internal parts are a joke... should rename it to macbox honestly.

The PS3 also beats the x360

The PS3 also beats the x360 in terms of raw cpu power, but using a funky architecture proved devs arent willing to learn how to write optimized code specifically for it. With this new move though, we're talking about PC cpus, which bodes well for everyone, its an architecture every programmer in the world is already used to and makes it easier for companies to port games between consoles and also to pcs. That would be fine as the last generation of consoles, they're almost real PCs by now.

Clearly you forgot the

Clearly you forgot the internal video cards that actually make the main difference in raw power, because since its a console system it goes GPU > CPU > MEM, same goes with laptops when you buy them aswell. Noobs.
You voted 'no'.

Your spot on. Fanboys think

Your spot on. Fanboys think its solely to do with CPU power and not architecture hence why they have been bashing the WII U. For example a p4 clocked at 3ghz runs slower than an i5 clocked at 2.4ghz. I have a pc and an xbox 360 and I'm looking forward to the new consoles being released. For me it's about how well games play not how good they look.

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