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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RE: Not actually true, though, is it?
8/3/2013 8:32:55 PM
You say that you are correcting me, but then you just repeat what I said: some titles geared to the slowest box that ship for both, and some titles exclusive to a box.
The ideas behind games and the execution is more important as you say though. However it is rather premature to claim that Sony will have more diverse and interesting stuff. Happy to argue the point in 10 years time though.
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