This is my opinion on the new generation of consoles, I'd like to hear yours.
I was reading an article and doing a bit of research as I tend to do, and I was trying to come up with a very formulated opinion on why I was picking up the Xbox One before the PS4. I often read and hear Sony fanboys talk about how they are picking up a PS4 because it's the more powerful console and how if you are getting an Xbox One you aren't a true gamer and you should just go watch TV on it because it isn't made for "true gamers". While this idea is laughable to me because both consoles run three year old hardware (PC MASTER RACE) it's more laughable because it's almost as if people forget that the Playstation 3 was the "entertainment" console of last generation. I never understand how Sony did it but they always had the ability to convince people even last generation when the Xbox 360 had a faster GPU and more RAM that their console was a superior juggernaut of power. I was looking at stats of both consoles which is something I don't usually do because I don't really give a fuck about power or graphics. My favorite game is a mod of a game that came out in 2004 and I don't think it looks that bad, but I was reading the charts and the console that everyone says blows the Xbox One out of the water doesn't even have an advantage. The Xbox One's GPU is clocked at 853Mhz while the Playstation 4's GPU is clocked at 800Mhz. While the GPU in the Playstation is stronger it's about the only thing that is stronger. Both Xbox One and Playstation 4 will be using the same exact CPU. The only real difference between the two is presumably the clock speed. The Playstation 4's CPU has a total compute power of 102 Gigaflops, and the Xbox One's CPU has 112 Gigaflops of compute power. By comparison, the Xbox 360's processor had 72 Gigaflops of compute power, and the Playstation 3's Cell had a whopping 230 Gigaflops of compute power. While the Playstation 4, and Xbox One's processors offer less than half of the Playstation 3's Cell, they are a whole lot less complicated to develop for. Overall, Xbox One has a 10% advantage in terms of CPU power. Xbox One also wins the audio department. Microsoft is very proud of their audio block as it was actually completely made from the ground up by their Xbox Team. It is capable of 512 audio channels (~300 more than Ps4's block), and is used to decode and encode audio data. It will be used to do high quality sound for games, and also help with Kinect's voice commands. They also have spoken about how they have allowed it to freely exchange data with the CPU in case a title decides to push some highly complex audio and requires CPU help to process. Basically the PS4 wins with the GPU and the Xbox wins with the CPU the Sound and the ability to use the cloud. While all of this is interesting because Sony has their fanbase convinced their console is superior in every aspect it doesn't interest me at all. When I was young I used to play the 8 bit Nintendo, my brother would play the 16 bit Sega Genesis. I played the Nintendo because even thou it was less powerful I felt like the games on the console were better, and in most cases they were. I remember fast forwarding a bit when I used to play the Playstation 2 more then the Xbox because I felt the PS2 had better games. I see everyone talking about how great the PS4 is because of it's power and graphics and it's true 1080P but I look at the Xbox as a fan of shooters and see that Microsoft has the 300K servers to totally obliterate lag for multiplayer, I see the Xbox coming out with Halo, Gears of War, TitanFall, and Cod/BF DLC first. Then I look over at PS4 and while it does have Killzone which I like, the rest are game series that I haven't enjoyed since the first like Uncharted and Infamous. I see games like Call of Duty which don't look exceptionally amazing sell top of the charts every year, and I see games like Minecraft rise to fame. It makes me wonder why do people care so much about power, why don't they realize that a console is only as good as the games that come out for it. What is your opinion?