Xbox One and Playstation 4 Beat by PC

Xbox One and Playstation 4 vs PCOnly a short time after the Playstation 4 and Xbox One are launched, gamers are starting to see benchmarking articles posted comparing the 2 gaming systems to PC’s. Although which one will beat the other is sometimes controversial, hardware and a few other factors cannot lie.

The gaming world has been dictated by the console games for many years now. Game designers usually develop to the console side first, and the consoles choose the graphics requirements. Of course the next generation of consoles, the Xbox One and Playstation 4, did bring with them a nice upgrade to gaming graphics, consoles will probably always still lag behind the gaming PC.

The Xbox One Console
Microsoft’s Xbox One Console

To prove this point, one must compare the hardware behind the new consoles vs PC war. The manufacturer of CPU’s, AMD, now makes CPU’s and APU’s. APU’s are hybrid CPU’s containing an embedded graphics processor or GPU. AMD’s new APU’s are what is contained in both the Xbox One and PS4.

The Playstation 4 contains dual quad-core CPU’s. Both of these units are clocked at a speed of 1.6 GHz. If that sounds fast, it’s not. The speeds of those two processors are only equivalent to what’s contained in a budget-level PC. Even though they have an impressive number of 8-cores, they are only between 30-50 percent as fast as an Intel Pentium CPU. Chalk up the first win to PC.

AMD has also designed the customized Graphics Processing Units for the newest consoles. Comparing GPU’s to what’s now new and available for PC, the PC again wins with the latest in Radeon cards. Speeds of Xbox One and the Playstation 4 GPU’s now only compare to mid-range PC graphics cards. Although the PS4 does use GDDR5 memory, which is a faster speed of RAM than the average PC or laptop running DDR3, the difference is minimal.

Sony Playstation 4
Sony’s Playstation 4 Console

Top level PC’s are already using 4K or ultra-high resolution. This is a step up from HD or 1080P resolution. Some say the Xbox One and the Playstation 4 have the capability of playing 4K video, but that’s still debatable, while the PC is already capable of running those high-detail resolutions and already beating the newest consoles. However, one might need some pretty deep pockets to run a PC game at those resolutions because the hardware is brand new and still ridiculously overpriced. But like anything PC or electronic, the next level of upgrades will significantly reduce the cost of the 4K graphics cards in the future. Chalk up the second win for PC.

A moderate PC that is graphically comparable to the Xbox One or the Playstation 4 is currently priced in the same bracket as the newest consoles. However, the PC is very easily upgradable in the future, whereas the new consoles are what they are, and upgrades will likely have to wait until the next generation of consoles are launched. So as far as upgradeability goes, chalk up the third win for PC.

Valve's PC-based SteamOC

Some serious gamers really enjoy the console interface and its compact design, compared to PC, but the PC also has gaming platforms like Steam and Origin too. As far as the size of a PC goes, some of the newer models are not much bigger than the new consoles are at the moment. Hardware manufacturer, Nvidia, sees the smaller PC gaming units being pushed out in the near future, especially since Valve’s SteamOS machines are expected to launch in 2014. This could be considered even ground for the PC vs next-generation of consoles.

Defenders of the Xbox One would probably argue that the Kinect 2 has some outstanding features and includes TV and live feeds, but the PC also has more uses features and choices of software and upgradable hardware than the Kinect 2 could ever bring to the Xbox One. Chalk up the fourth win for the PC.

The Xbox One and Playstation 4 vs PC war can be debatable forever. Ultimately it will come down to personal taste and what type of games one likes to play, or how those games are played that will finally sway one’s final decision. But based on hardware, versatility, and variety, PC beats the new consoles hands down.

By Brent Matsalla

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22 Responses to "Xbox One and Playstation 4 Beat by PC"

  1. jonam   February 24, 2014 at 5:18 am

    The More deeper your pockets are, the more wins you have.

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  2. Sanyam   February 16, 2014 at 8:33 am

    If you are a gaming enthusiast then you would always prefer to play games on the maximum settings ( like on the maximum graphics level, best texture level of graphics).. Which would be so expensive as you have to buy an expensive pc, plus upgradation every year.
    So buying a console makes a sense as you can enjoy it for around 7 years without any upgradation ( or atleast not that expensive upgradation).

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  3. Jim Carry   December 24, 2013 at 12:26 am

    PC equivalent of the Kinect. It’s called the Kinect. It uses a USB interface and people have been toying with it on PCs since it was released for the 360.
    custom gaming pc

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  4. The Guy   December 10, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    ” Although the PS4 does use GDDR5 memory, which is a faster speed of RAM than the average PC or laptop running DDR3″

    Is no one going to point out that GDDR and DDR are completely different?
    DDR3 is motherboard RAM, GDDR5 is graphics card ram. Consoles and PCs have both of these, but with a PC you can get much higher clockrates.

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  5. Steven   December 5, 2013 at 11:27 am

    In other news in the winter temperatures are colder than in the summer

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  6. Damian   December 5, 2013 at 5:11 am

    kidding arent ya?
    you cant compare PS4/xbox one hardware to PC by specs or clock speeds lol
    no doubt the top gaming PC’s will be better but for $499?

    ntm keep in mind graphics cards in PC’s take care of most of the 3D tasks and PC’s are limited and bottlenecked because they arent designed for gaming and have other chit going on in the background

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  7. Andras   December 4, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    “Sony’s Playstation 4 Console”
    Picture of an xbox with a kinect. This guy…
    I’m a PC gamer, but this article is horrible.

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  8. Daniel   December 4, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    The remark in the article about CPU speed is completely wrong. I’m not saying that the consoles have faster CPUs than the high-end PCs, but the notion that CPU speed is determined solely by clockspeed could not be more wrong. I can guarantee you that the processing power of those CPUs, even at their low clockspeed, are much, much faster than a Pentium CPU running at 4Ghz. This makes me think the author doesn’t really know what they’re talking about.

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  9. Steven K Melendez   December 4, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    The big thing console gamers and the companies like to now say (because up until a few weeks ago, it was all “Next gen more powerful than your PC!” nonsense, is you can sit on a couch, turn it on, and just play… well, pc’s do that too. Just set steam to autostart in BigPicture mode, plug in your controller, and away you go. No worries. Also, the cost of upgrading? Are you serious? You don’t have to upgrade yearly. In fact, the cost of a console game at $60, whereas the same game on PC but looks and runs better at $50, if you buy 8 a year, that is $80 saved. In 3 years, upgrade the video card to a mid-tier at $240 or less when there is a sale. You haven’t spent a dime more. It is such a lie that it is more expensive to game on PC. I live in NYC, with 3 kids, one salary and I can afford to game comfortably on my PC.

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  10. Tom   December 4, 2013 at 11:37 am

    They already have a PC equivalent of the Kinect. It’s called the Kinect. It uses a USB interface and people have been toying with it on PCs since it was released for the 360.

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    • Strottinglemon   December 4, 2013 at 4:26 pm

      This. Kinect is incredibly useful for low-budget mocap.

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  11. Luieburger (@Luieburger)   December 4, 2013 at 10:10 am

    So much truth in this article. It’s nice to read an article by somebody who knows what they are talking about.

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  12. Marlon (@Zoneii)   December 2, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Moot article. I’ve been seeing a ton of these articles on the net. Steambox more superior to Xbox One and PS4, PC better than PS4, PC better than PS4 and Xbox One. We already know this. We have PC gamers in the forums making sure it’s not forgotten. The funny thing is, like some PC gamers, I also have an Xbox. I don’t need a bunch of articles telling me that my AMD FX8150, overclocked to 4.6ghz, on an HD6970 (1586 Stream Processors), overclocked to 975mhz, SSD dedicated OS drive and 12GB RAM is faster than my Xbox One, or a PS4. I know that. My PC is the fastest cross platform system, my Xbox is for games like Fable, Halo, etc. or for those days where I just feel like sitting down in front of the TV, as opposed to the desk.

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    • Adrian Zugaj   December 4, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      I understand wanting to play games like Halo, but… you do realize you can plug in your PC to your TV and a controller to the PC, and play from the couch?

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  13. Musaad   December 2, 2013 at 6:00 am

    This is very old debate and very pointless in my opinion. PCs have always been faster and more upgradable than consoles.

    But to keep that edge would mean shelling out hundreds of dollars every year on upgrading your system, which is good for enthusiasts but not feasible for the mainstream.

    Plus, games usually run better and smoother on consoles than PCs with similar specification. This is because with consoles, the developers know exactly what hardware the game will be running on and optimize as much as possible for that particular configuration.

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    • MYNAMEIS NONOFYOURBUISINESS   December 4, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars every year to upgrade your PC. More like hundreds of dollars every 4 years.

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    • Ethan   December 4, 2013 at 4:04 pm

      Not much truth here, folks. You can move along now.

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  14. Afraz   December 2, 2013 at 3:26 am

    It would cost a lot more than $100 to have a PC equivalent of the Kinect (infrared, multiple voice recognition, friggin hearbeat sensors, etc etc).
    One day it would be cheaper maybe, but then you could negate ALL console advantages using that statement.

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    • Adrian Zugaj   December 4, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      How about the PC equivalent of the Kinect which we call the Kinect? It works on PC’s too.

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  15. Andrew Wilkie   December 1, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    John, those issues are things that gamers don’t even think of, and given that games nowadays are designed for the lowest grade system & then ported to all the others, it’s irrelevant.

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  16. john   December 1, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I think you must have forgotten to mention Hetrogenius compute, Mantle, Unified memory addressing, etc, etc, (or perhaps you just don’t know! what you are talking about.

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