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Can the Xbox One catch up to the PS4?

Can the Xbox One catch up to the PS4?

Can the Xbox One catch up to the PS4?

Can the Xbox One catch up to the PS4?

 

This generation has been far from close, with the PS4 reportedly selling more units than the Xbox One month after month and Microsoft representatives being very coy when disclosing sales information, typically talking about units shipped rather than sold. 

Last week Phil Spencer, the head of Microsoft's Xbox decision said during a panel at the GeekWire summit that he didn't know if Microsoft could beat Sony this generation, which is unsurprising given how the majority of multiplatform games run with higher visual quality/resolutions on the PS4.  

 

 “You know, I don’t know. You know, the length of the generation… They have a huge lead and they have a good product. I love the content, the games line-up that we have.”

 

From the very beginning it has been known that the PS4 has some distinct hardware advantages, containing 50% more GPU cores than the Xbox One, though the Xbox Ones GPU cores run at slightly higher clocks, and uses faster GDDR5 system memory instead of the Xbox One's DDR3 memory. This has lead to many games running at much higher resolutions on the PS4, one recent example being Star Wars Battlefront, which runs at 900p on the PS4 and 720p on the Xbox One.  

 

Can the Xbox One catch up to the PS4?

(Image from Ars Technica)  

 

Looking at recent sales from Ars Technica, we can see that in June 2015 that the PS4 had sold more units in Q2 2015 than both the Wii U and Xbox One combined, giving Sony a huge advantage when it comes to users of their platform.

When looking at figures for total sales for each console we can see that the PS4 is dominant in the market with over 25 million units sold and the Xbox is quite far behind with between 13.3 and 15.33 million units sold as of June 2015. One other thing to note is that the Xbox One took significantly longer to overtake the Wii U in terms of units sold, which is very significant since the Wii U is considered by many as a complete failure. 

Can the Xbox One catch up to the PS4?  

(Image from Ars Technica)  

 

Right now it is very hard to tell if the Xbox One can catch up to Sony this generation, though many hope that the Xbox One's implementation of DirectX 12 and integration will help to gain some additional momentum for the company. We must also remember that Microsoft is also partnered with Oculus, so Microsoft may have the lead when or if VR comes to consoles. 

 

You can join the discussion on the console wars on the OC3D Forums. Do you think the Xbox one has the ability to catch up?

 

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12-10-2015, 09:05:37

AlienALX
I doubt it. It was basically a choice of two evils and if one is actually physically inferior then why would you buy it unless you were a die hard fan?Quote

12-10-2015, 09:27:19

Dicehunter
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Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
I doubt it. It was basically a choice of two evils and if one is actually physically inferior then why would you buy it unless you were a die hard fan?
Exclusives.

XB1 has Halo and Forza which are huge franchises with many fans including myself, I don't have an XB1 personally as I'm waiting for the revised model to come out just like the PS4 has had a die shrink to use less power and produce less heat albeit no actual performance increase.Quote

12-10-2015, 09:30:50

DarthDudo
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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Exclusives.

XB1 has Halo and Forza which are huge franchises with many fans including myself, I don't have an XB1 personally as I'm waiting for the revised model to come out just like the PS4 has had a die shrink to use less power and produce less heat albeit no actual performance increase.
I agree also it makes a better media centre and since the majority of gaming I do is on the PC this is probably more important for me if I was to buy oneQuote

12-10-2015, 10:55:55

ph235
MS had a bad start for sure, but once they sold consoles without Kinect things started getting better. The Halo MCC problems sure didn't help though - I bought an xbone for MCC and still feel a bit of a sting over that. I don't think most people care about the difference in performance between the two consoles, so MS still has room to maneuver. Backwards compatibility is promising for the xbone, they still have a great online service, but I believe they need another big exclusive in their catalogue - maybe they could emulate Sony and get a FromSoftware exclusive, or a developer of similar calibre and reputation (Red Dead 2 exclusive on Xbox? <evil grin>). MS took a huge hit with the rrod issue on the 360 which cost them over a billion dollars to resolve, but when it came to it they didn't flinch and spent the money to fix it - if they can get really aggressive on their pricing this generation I think they could catch up, but they are gonna have to really push the boat out though I reckon. (I've got an xbone and a ps4 btw).Quote

12-10-2015, 14:36:13

NeverBackDown
PS has backwards compatibility too so that argument is moot. Granted its not as well implemented and more limited currently imo however it's possible.

Only reason to go Xbox is Exclusives. Other than that PS is far superior in every way. I own both and for AAA games it's pretty much a no brainer to go PS since the graphics are better. That's the only difference between AAA games so mine as well get the one that looks better since everything is the same. Also since the PS is sooo far ahead, more people have it which means your friends are more likely to have it, that's a huge deal for everyone and probably the first big thing someone looks for in a console.

Should also mention in the Article that the PS is cutting a price cut permanently. That should further push them forward aheadQuote
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