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The console wars aren’t fought, and certainly aren’t won on paper, but the developers of the PlayStation 4 claim that the forthcoming games and entertainment machine is 50% more powerful than its adversary, Microsoft’s Xbox One. This mightn’t have any bearing on the decisions of the masses, particularly given that the Redmond’s console arrives with the incredibly popular Kinect peripheral right out of the box, but given how the PS4 is also one hundred bucks cheaper than the Xbox One, purists may feel enticed by the package offered by Sony.

According to different sources, the Sony console’s memory reader is 40-to-50 percent faster than that of the Xbox One, with developers making a point of the Xbox’s lack of power up against its biggest rival. As well as the memory reader, the PlayStation 4′s Arithmetic Logic Unit is also around 50 percent superior, and considering the longevity and lifespan of a games console, this could turn into quite a big deal.

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Hardcore gamers, when weighing up the balance of the two, may look closely at the specifications and raw power alongside other features like interface and availability of certain games. The fact that the Xbox One is, strictly speaking, significantly inferior to the PS4 is not a secret, and even recently, Microsoft gave its forthcoming console a slight clock speed bump, but with developers stepping out and actually complaining about the restrictions, the software maker must me somewhat worried about the Xbox One.

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According to one developer, “Xbox One is weaker” and “it’s a pain to use its ESRAM,” and with these kinds of quotes floating about at such an important period, Microsoft will be hoping the consensus isn’t negatively affected as a result of these utterances.

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Sources have speculated that PS4 versions of games might be limited in performance to avoid getting Microsoft’s backs up, and although it’s unknown how much truth there is in these statements, one can imagine the outcry and general furore if this were to be the case.

The PlayStation 4 will be available on November 15th, with the Xbox One arriving a week later on November 22nd. We’ll keep you posted on any further updates pertaining both the major next-gen consoles, so stay tuned!

(via: Kotaku)

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