Is The PS4 In Trouble? Microsoft To Increase Xbox One Graphical Prowess

Is The PS4 In Trouble? Microsoft To Increase Xbox One Graphical Prowess

As we previously saw in the difference between systems in Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, the PlayStation 4 is clearly the Xbox One's superior in terms of visual prowess. With the rumors that Watch Dogs will be 1080p on the PlayStation 4 and 720p on the Xbox One, it looks like the PS4 will remain on top.

Not if Microsoft has anything to say about it, however.

A recent rumor indicates that Microsoft could increase the graphical capabilities of the Xbox One by diverting additional power to the CPU. Currently, the Xbox One has a portion of its hardware dedicated to things like Kinect and the UI. The rumor states that currently, 10% of the Xbox One's GPU is dedicated to the Kinect: 8% for video and 2% for voice. However, an update will make it so that the 8% dedicated for Kinect's video can be diverted into things like graphics, which Microsoft is hoping will allow the Xbox One's games to be on par with the PlayStation 4.

If the rumor is true and the Xbox One can increase its power to be on par with the PS4, could Sony be in trouble? Right now, one of the PS4's major advantages is that its multiplatform games do look slightly better compared to its rival console. If the PlayStation 4 loses this edge, could it still maintain its lead over the Xbox One?

Graphics aren't everything, but let's be real: they do matter. Gamers who own both an Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are more apt to buy multiplatform games on the PS4 due to the better looks and it may even sway new gamers to the PS4.

In the end though, it's unlikely an 8% increase will be enough for the Xbox One to match the PlayStation 4. Sony's philosophy of making a game console first and a media center second is proving once again to be the right road to take, as evidenced by Microsoft scrambling to play catch up.

What do you think of the news, PS4 Experts readers? Will 8% make a difference? Should Sony be worried? Let us know in the comments!

Article by - Joshua Phillips
Insert Date: 2/2/2014

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Just increasing the amount of graphical power will have very little affect... Its like minimal overclocking... The PS4 has a far better GPU to start with!

PS4 has newer GPU power then Xboxzero ;-)

In PC terms, the Xbox One has a GPU that’s similar to the (entry-level) Bonaire GPU in the Radeon HD 7790, while the PS4 is outfitted with the (mid-range) Pitcairn that can be found in the HD 7870. In numerical terms, the Xbox One GPU has 12 compute units (768 shader processors), while the PS4 has 18 CUs (1152 shaders). xboxone = 12CU PS4 = 18CU. SO let's make benchmarks between the consoles when Xboxone did the fw update ;-P

be realistic

and percentage wise how many people do you realistically think have both consoles? I don't think it's in anywhere near a region that will seriously impact sales if one chooses the xbox game over the ps4 version

I cant stand this

Seriously?! Theyre breaking a chain! I mean there is no textbook rule saying they cant make their console better after release but still! You dont do that in the world of consoles, Its basically un-heard of. You make a console, learn what you did and stick with it until its time for a new one! You dont release a something and whine and cry almost immediately that someone made something better and try to clean yours up realquick to even try to compete again, Basically releasing your console in bits and pieces. Microsoft just suck it up.




ps4 rules all the other ps is better than xbox and always will be suck it up xbox


If I understand arithmetic - 1080p is 150% of 720p... or 50% more pixels - 8% GPU is not going to address that adequately IMO... But wait, there's more... 720p actually refers to only one of two dimensions, the pixels are 1,280 x 720 =921,600. 1080p is 1,920 x 1080, 2,073,600 pixels, which is 2.25 times as many per frame. 1080p is 225% the picture elements of 720p, will an 8% processing increase handle a 225% demand increase? Laughable.

8% < 225%

1080p is 225% the picture elements per frame over 720p.


You are all so sad. Game quality matters and the system with the best games WILL prosper. Of course, if you REALLY care about performance and graphical fidelity (above 1080p) you should probably stick your puny consoles on eBay and get yourself a PC or wait for the Steambox. There's a reason the console are sub-£500...they're weak in comparison to a PC. Don't get your knickers in a twist, i'm not saying your consoles are rubbish; they're not. I'm just saying you get what you pay for and with the consoles that's a never-better-than-good experience, and nothing like the 2560x1600 gaming I, for example, have been enjoying for the last 12-18 months, all settings to Ultra/Extreme where available. Microsoft haters do amuse me though and in this instance, with only 2 consoles competing (Nintendo are out of the race) both are likely to do well and once you're selling 10 million plus consoles, as they both will, then it's just about good games and your bemoaning the graphical quality of the Xbox vs the PS4 is ridiculous when you're playing at such low resolutions anyway. Even Mac owners, the most annoying fanboys in the world, have been used to much higher screen resolutions for the last few years. Now, children, wind your willies in...this pi**ing contest is over.


I dont complain unless I have a solution so here it is. The problems with PS4 are merely software issues and a delay in game releases. When I bought my PS4 I thought I was getting a blueray-dvd-music-smart TV console/game console that would save room and cables..... I was wrong. And I regret my purchase. Don't get me started on the fact that I am limited on games. And that Play Station wants to charge me a months worth of money to watch something I already get through Netflix(idiots). Hey Play Station, fix it because right now Play Station 4 is a, FAIL.


I just want some fuskin games go play, hurry up and dish something out already.