2013 is shaping up to be an extremely exciting year for gaming fans around the world. With E3 happening in June as well as Sony and Microsoft both pushing to reignite the console world, things are starting to look positive for the rest of the year. As we wait patiently for official, technical announcements from both Sony and Microsoft regarding their next-generation consoles, varying sources are suggesting that the new PlayStation will have the upper hand over the Xbox 720 in terms of raw computational power.
A number of different developer sources have reportedly provided some inside information during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to indicate that the Sony PlayStation 4 will provide a great deal more processing power than the Xbox 720. The sources suggest that the PlayStation 4 will be capable of running at 1.84 teraflops, with the Xbox 720 lagging behind at a reported 1.23 teraflops. The overall performance of the two consoles doesn’t ultimately come down to the processing grunt, but it is extremely interesting to see that the PS4 is (might be?) notably more powerful.
It has also come to light that Microsoft is likely to have the advantage when it comes to the included RAM in any future Xbox console. The next-generation Microsoft console is said to have a whopping 8GB of internal RAM, 3GB of which will be reserved entirely for the operating system and installed apps, with the rest being allocated to the running of powerful games. On the flip side; the new PlayStation console is rumored to be only packing 4GB of RAM with a quarter of that reserved for the on-board OS. Both Sony and Microsoft consoles will be capable of reading 100GB capacity Blu-ray discs.
Sony’s Vice President of Entertainment has already dropped the biggest hint yet that his company will be making a PlayStation based announcement in the coming months by stating during an interview that his team is firmly focused on the E3 expo at the Los Angeles Conference Center. It remains to be seen whether or not Microsoft will make a similar announcement at the event but speculation is still rife that we could see a release of both consoles toward the end of the year just in time for the holiday season shopping.