2013 Game Console Releases

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Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One

There are two standout game controller releases guaranteed to gain the most attention this year, the Sony PlayStation 4 and the Microsoft Xbox One. Let’s see how they stack up against each other.
Sony PlayStation 4                               
Sony announced the PS4, the successor to PlayStation 3, in February 2013; it is expected to be released around November 2013. The exact date is still uncertain, although some sources have quoted November 13.

According to Sony, the PS4 is “the most powerful gaming device ever conceived.” Whether that’s true remains to be seen, but the PS4 is certainly a PC-based system with a single chip processor that includes an x86 AMD Jaguar CPU with eight cores and an AMD Radeon based graphics processor.

Memory has been upgraded considerably from the PS3 predecessor and the PS4 will come with 8GB of GDDR5, around 16 times that of the PS3. The main console holds a 500GB hard disk and the system has a read-only Blu-ray and DVD drive. Other input/outputs include Bluetooth, Ethernet, HDMI and USB 3.0.

An important aspect of gaming is motion control, and the PS4 uses a DualShock 4 controller, similar in appearance to that of the PS3, but with the addition of a touch pad in the centre.

Also available is the PS4 Eye, which incorporates two high-sensitivity wide angle cameras for motion detection.
Microsoft Xbox One 
Like the PS4, the Microsoft Xbox One is scheduled for release in November 2013.

Also like the PS4, Microsoft have opted for a similar highly modified 8 core AMD processor, something of a surprising departure for Microsoft from the IBM PowerPC processor used previously.

The Xbox One also has an 8GB RAM, although Microsoft has opted for GDDR3 instead of the GDDR5 like the PS4. It comes equipped with a Blu-ray/DVD optical drive and a 500GB hard disk and features HDMI input and output ports.

The Xbox One controller follows the same basic pattern as the Xbox 360 with minor changes and of course includes the Kinect sensor, which must be plugged in at all times to allow the unit to operate.

So which is likely to take the honours in November? The jury is still out on that one. Both machines have similar processing power, so it will probably come down to what you want your game controller to do.

If you want a media centre for your living room, then the Xbox One, with close affiliations to Windows 8, is probably the better choice. On the other hand, if you want a great games console, then the PS4 has the edge. 

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