A new report published by Eurogamer has found that PlayStation 4 possesses 50 per cent more raw power in the graphical department than the newly-unveiled Xbox One.
The claims follow a comprehensive comparison of the PS4 and Xbox One’s GPUs, which found that Sony’s next-generation looks to be the more powerful machine in terms of visual prowess.
"We know that both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are based on Radeon GCN architecture and we also know that each compute unit is capable of 64 operations per clock," it reads.
"So, again through a process of extrapolation from the drip-feed of hard facts, the make-up of the One's GPU is confirmed - 12 compute units each capable of 64 ops/clock gives us the 768 total revealed by Microsoft and thus, by extension, the 1.2 teraflop graphics core.
"So that's another tick on the Durango leaked spec that has been transposed across to the final Xbox One architecture and the proof we need that PlayStation 4's 18 CU graphics core has 50 per cent more raw power than the GPU in the new Microsoft console."
The article goes on to offer an opinion as to why Microsoft’s machine fails to measure up to Sony’s new rig.
The Xbox One uses 8GB of DDR3 RAM due to the multitasking nature of its operating system. Due to the fact a “serious volume of next-gen DDR4” was unavailable, Microsoft had to create “complex architecture” to circumvent bottlenecks when moving data using DDR3.
By comparison, Sony did not focus its efforts on having a high level of RAM when initially developing PS4. This freed up more die-space that could result in future graphical improvements.
Sony was then able to upgrade to 8GB RAM closer to its announcement as a result of PS4’s more straightforward architecture.
PS4 is due out in holiday 2013, with Xbox One also htting stores later this year.