EA: PS4 and Xbox One ‘Ahead’ of High End PCs; Microsoft Thinks 1B Units is Possible

Published 1 year ago by , Updated July 17th, 2013 at 3:40 pm,

PS4 Xbox One Ahead of High End PCs

Although we don’t have the complete picture regarding either the PS4 or the Xbox One, we know both consoles are leagues above their predecessors. But just how powerful are these new machines, and more specifically, how do they compare to current high-end PCs?

With PC gaming becoming not just an alternative but a preferred option for games over the past few years, these new consoles will, at the very least, have to match the rigs gamers use today. And thankfully, according to Electronic Arts‘ CTO Rajat Teneja, they do.

In fact, Teneja believes that the “architectures” of these new machines are a “generation ahead of the highest end PC on the market.” Not on par with, but actually superior to current-gen PCs.

“Our benchmarks on just the video and audio performance are 8-10 times superior to the current gen. The compute capabilities of these platforms and the data transfer speeds we can now bank on, essentially removes any notion of rationing of systems resources for our game engines.”

Although the quote is sure to generate a heated discussion, it’s unclear if Teneja is suggesting the PS4 and Xbox One are a generation ahead because of their compute capabilities or raw hardware. At a glance, the PS4’s hardware appears to be on par with a current high end PC (not the highest though), but that’s not taking into account the dedicated processor for background downloads, and how the various moving pieces will work together.

The Xbox One, on the other hand…well, we don’t know too much about Microsoft‘s console, only that it features 8 GB of RAM and “8 billion transistors.” Teneja gushed about both consoles, though, so you have to believe Microsoft is working with similar hardware all around.

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It’s also important to mention that the PC market is flourishing not only in raw power vs. the current-gen systems but in game offerings with the popularity of free-to-play MMOs and services like Steam; in fact Nvidia just unveiled the GTX 780. But, for the time being, and maybe for the foreseeable future — and according to EA’s CTO — the next-gen consoles are ahead of the curve. We’ll see when Battlefield 4 comes out and is benchmarked on all platforms.

However, with talk of machines that are as powerful as $1,000 PCs, one has to wonder just how expensive these consoles will be, and how well they will sell.

Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi thinks that with the way the Xbox One is targeting not just gaming, but also cable services, that the next generation of Microsoft consoles could be looking at moving “a billion units.” This generation, Mehdi believes, is about 300m units, and if consoles were strictly about gaming, that would translate into 400m units for the next-generation. But a cable initiative blows the roof off those predictions. Will the Xbox One actually move a billion units? Unlikely, but it’s good to dream big.

Do you think that the PS4 and Xbox One will end up outperforming high end PCs at launch? Does Microsoft have a shot at selling 1 billion units?

Source: GI.biz, OXM

TAGS: Microsoft, Nvidia, PC, PS4, Sony, Xbox One

  • http://elitegamingcomputers.com Brent Hale

    You can build a $600-$700 gaming computer that will outperform both next-gen consoles. Sure, the next-gen consoles will get close to the performance levels of current high-end PCs upon their initial release, but a year from now PC will be way ahead again.

    Not to mention, a computer allows you to do so much more outside of gaming. (I know consoles are improving in this area, but even with the extra additions that the next-gen consoles are implementing, they still can’t offer what a PC can.)

    The bottom line is that consoles are watered-down computer, and therefore can never be better than the real thing.

  • Zeke Zeski

    There is absolutely no way a console can outperform a high-end PC let alone a mega-gaming machine. Yes, these new consoles are quite impressive but if you build a PC with top of the line parts or even mid-high parts, your console is going to look inferior, because it will be. Do some research into the latest Nvidia graphics cards or the AMD Firepro S9000 along with high end CPUs. Consoles can’t touch these specs or the effects they can produce. Plus it always seemed to me PC games were always aimed at a higher intellectual audience.


  • Richard

    saying that next gen consoles will be better than current high end PC’s are right now is a freaking JOKE. mine is just a mid range PC built it myself,
    16 GB DDR5 RAM,
    Sabertooth Z77 Motherboard
    2TB HDD,
    Intel core i7-3770k OC’d to 4.0 GHZ/Sec,
    Sapphire HD 78870 GPU
    120 GB SSD for OS,

    this was all like 1K, hell, I forget, but my GPU was probably around the same price aas the freaking “next Gen” consoles. lol. no one can say that a whole freaking console can outperform (graphics wise) as a GPU of the same price. plus, a pc is really great at multi tasking. watching movies, listning to music, playing games, checking email, looking at pictures, etc etc. ALL AT THE SAME TIME. i highly doubt that a next gen console can do that many things at the same time.

    • Richard

      GPU: 7870* sorry, typed a little fast

      • Ken J

        7870?? What is this, February?? Come on now, I have the 7950… 😛

        Ok, but everything else yours is faster, lol. 😀

        Yah, it’s pretty sad how these console gamers have to pretty much lie to themselves to feel good about their gaming console…

        • Richard

          well, the 7870 is alright i know, but i put my self under so much i could spend at the time of building it, so i had to take a dip there in price, but it doesnt matter, everythings on, maxed out, etc, when i play games, do multitasking, etc all at once, and besides, i can just upgrade it in a few years. the GPU i mean. all the other things will be good for a loooooooooooong time 😀

          and yeah, it is pretty sad how these console gamers have to pretty much lie to themselves to feel good about their gaming console…

          I used to be a console gamer as well, went from n64 ( still awesome though!) xbox, xbox 360 till i got the RROD, said F**k that, got a ps3, said F**k that because i could only do one thing at a time, graphics were meh… and everyone was mad at me for hogging up the living room and the 50 inch TV, now i do it, but with my PC LOL, or in my PC room…

    • ATG

      Your rig is not mid range lol that’s high end. Just not quite enthusiast. And seriously, how old are you guys? This is sad. Looking back at this thread all I can think is: “who cares?”

      • Richard

        i just stumbled onto this today because of nothing to do at work this very moment. also, in response to who cares, I don’t really care, I see both sides, have owned almost every console, still break out my nintendo 64 tho from time to time (mario games dude, freaking awesome. STILL) but yeah mainly because i have nothing to do at the moment.

        • Ken J


          Don’t forget Goldeneye 64, that was a freakin’ classic! 😀

      • Ken J


        You cared enough to respond. I hope I’m speaking loud enough so you can hear me from up there. 😉

      • Ken J


        And BTW, yes, that’s a mid-range PC, on the upper end of it though. There is like 3 levels of GPU’s above what he has, not to mention, high-end usually are running multiple cards (mainly for graphic artists who need to render things and encode a lot of things.), there are CPU’s above his, but his memory is good and storage is depending on how much you need. And I’m most likely older than you, but thanks for informing us that us caring about what we spend our money on makes us sad. That’s good to know, I’ll be sure to include that in my memoirs that you think that way. :-)

        • Richard

          @Ken J,

          well, thats interesting, what other levels top the one that I have?
          I know that the intel core i7-3770k is one of the top commercial consumer cpu’s, but then there are also buisness cpu’s… any others?
          Also, if you’re referring to AMD, well, Intel is a personal preference, intel has power amd just cant match in my opinion…

          • Ken J


            Um, you said yourself your PC was midrange, I was supporting your statement, lol. No need to get defensive.

            And I did say the high-end of mid-range. You got the “Extreme Editions” above yours, like the 3960X or 3970X CPU’s, then there are the 6-12 core processors mainly used for servers or other machines meant for multitasking continuously…

            I have an i5 from a little while back, so… I think the main thing keeping my PC from being on the lower end of mid-range is my video card…

  • Richard

    I wasen’t being defensive, I was being curious,

    extreme editions, yeah, like what I thought, the X editions for servers, etc…. 6-12 core’s???? like what ones? I’d really like to see those! ive never even heard of ’em! holy crap!
    btw, do you have Steam?

    • Ken J

      The X versions are consumer CPU’s, the server CPU’s are the Xeon line. Between AMD and Intel server CPU’s they have up to 12 cores last time I checked, might be more by now, lol.

      The X series CPU’s are still pretty expensive. Your 3770k will be good for a good few years still, so I wouldn’t worry…