“Talk Nerdy to Me” is a technology column written by Derek Deulus to provide technological advice for the Boise State community.
It’s game time, and I’m not talking about Bronco sports. I’m talking about videogames. Unless you read videogame news regularly, you might be unaware that Microsoft’s Xbox One will release on Nov. 22 and Sony’s PlayStation 4 will release on Nov. 15.
When it comes to videogames, the first thought that comes to many gamers minds is graphics, how do the graphics look and what are the specs of the system producing those graphics.
If you start by looking under the hood of these two consoles, you’ll soon realize they are actually very similar. Both consoles are using an AMD 8 core x86 Jaguar APU processor. Both have 8Gb of ram. They both use Blu-ray disc drives, and they also both include a 500GB hard drive.
What makes these two consoles different in terms of specs is the type of processor used and type of RAM. While both consoles are using what is essentially the same 8-core processor, Sony has chosen to go with a higher end version, making their console’s graphics processor more powerful than Microsofts Xbox One.
So the more important question is: What does this all mean in terms of performance when actually playing games?
This is where things get a little tricky. When it comes to the majority of multiplatform games, the games that are developed for both the PlayStation and Xbox, there most likely won’t be any difference in performance or graphics.
Developers don’t get any sort of benefit from making their games look better on one platform than the other. If they did, it could actually hurt their relationship with Sony or Microsoft which means less overall money to be made.
Where the real differences will show, are in the platforms exclusive games. Just remember there are many more multiplatform games than exclusive games, and like previous console generations, graphics performance rarely make a difference in gameplay.