John Carmack: PS4 and Xbox One are Neck and Neck
August 2, 2013 7:12 PM
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Brilliant game developer says Microsoft cloud computing does not appear to give the Xbox One a significant edge
Gaming legend and
Technical Director/cofounder John Carmack at his
keynote offered up his thoughts on Microsoft Corp.'s (
and Sony Corp.'s (
, which will be
waging war this holiday season
for dominance in the eight generation of home video game consoles.
He led off by saying that he hadn't done enough head to head benchmarks to make direct comparisons between the consoles. But based on his experience (Mr. Carmack still remains actively involved in programming top id Software titles and pioneering new graphics techniques) he says he believes they're "very close" in capabilities and that "they're both very good".
In some ways this comparison is bad news for Microsoft as it calls into queston the company's
claims that its console is five times as powerful
when connected to the cloud as when processing offline (if anyone would fully leverage the Xbox One's full potential, it would likely be Mr. Carmack).
Also bad news for Microsoft is Mr. Carmack's dour assessment of the Kinect sensor. Aside from concerns regarding "always on"
U.S. National Security Agency
(NSA) spying (Microsoft has
a major voluntary data sharing agreement with the NSA
, reportedly), Mr. Carmack offers criticism of the controls themself, stating, "[The Kinect 2 is] kind of like a zero-button mouse with a lot of latency on it."
The PS4 appears to enjoy
a moderate lead in preorders
over the Xbox One.
You can watch Mr. Carmack's full keynote below, via the YouTube:
For the unitiated, you may ask why listen to Mr. Carmack. Well, he
coded a hardware-optimized build of Wolfenstein 3D for the iPhone in 4 days
, when it was estimated to take a full team of programmers two months to perform a basic (unoptimized) port.
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Both run AMD
8/2/2013 11:08:40 PM
The hardware is so similar it's just a matter of a few clock speed. Except the Xbox One chose a smaller VRAM this time and PS4 got the bigger VRAM. I think that's gonna bite Xbox One because once people have 4k TVs and game on it the PS4 will perform better at higher res.
RE: Both run AMD
8/2/2013 11:48:57 PM
No. You won't be doing any meaningful 4K gaming on the Xbox One _or_ the PS4. The best you'll get is upscaled 1080p.
Neither has nearly enough horsepower for any real 4K gaming unless maybe it's Minecraft.
RE: Both run AMD
8/3/2013 3:13:18 AM
unless maybe it's Minecraft.
That, or if Carmack codes it so!
Seriously, this guy is the Chuck Norris of video game industry.
RE: Both run AMD
8/3/2013 12:32:39 PM
In that him and Chuck Norris peaked in the 90's but are kept in the public conscience by fanboys in the 21st century.
"The Space Elevator will be built about 50 years after everyone stops laughing" -- Sir Arthur C. Clarke
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