John Carmack: PS4 and Xbox One are Neck and Neck
August 2, 2013 7:12 PM
comment(s) - last by
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.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: Not actually true, though, is it?
8/4/2013 11:33:49 AM
There was a time when OpenGL was exceeding DirectX and you can probably thank Carmack for pointing that out but what Has Not Happened is that OpenGL doesn't get nearly as much love from NVIDIA/ATI/AMD/INTEL. Having Drivers and Having Optimized and refined drivers are two different animals. DirectX gets all the attention from the GPU developers especially on the development front while OpenGL is treated like the bastard step child ask anyone who does Linux how they feel about graphics driver support. Its not that its bad its quite excellent but the reality is DirectX is faster giving Microsoft a performance optimization boost over OpenGL. The last line of the article about sums it up DirectX on AMD which is what is in these boxes is about 20% faster on DirectX over OpenGL.
26/02/2013 A look at OpenGL and Direct3D performance with Unigine
Hence, either because the OpenGL implementations are generally slow or because streaming assets is slower with OpenGL, rendering with OpenGL is significantly slower than rendering with Direct3D 11 even with nicely crafted code like I expect Unigine to be. However, it appears that Intel OpenGL implementation is the one performing best or should I say the less badly.
the performance differences with Direct3D 11 and OpenGL implementation is roughly 10% for Intel against
about 20% for AMD
and 30% for NVIDIA.
RE: Not actually true, though, is it?
8/5/2013 6:27:45 PM
Actually, an article showing a performance advantage in a single benchmark doesn't prove much of anything beyond a performance advantage in a single non-game benchmark. This is why review sites tend to put big disclaimers around this type of testing.
Also, OpenGL gets plenty of love from ATI (PS4/Wii), PowerVR (many Android and Apple devices), and Nvidia (many Android devices and their own game console). Don't take this as hate on DirectX - it has definitely evolved into a solid platform.
"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
PS4 Takes the Lead in Preorders as Sony Powers up to Lean Profit
August 1, 2013, 12:40 PM
Microsoft Wants You to Let it Watch Your House in "Near-Real Time"
July 16, 2013, 3:00 PM
Just How Powerful is the Xbox One? Microsoft is Confused
June 18, 2013, 11:30 AM
Sony Unveils PlayStation 4 Console for $399; Won't Have Used Games Restrictions
June 10, 2013, 9:52 PM
Microsoft Announces Voice-Controlled "Xbox One"
May 21, 2013, 12:55 AM
UK Teachers Want Parents to Cut-Off Their Children's Internet, Tablet Use at Night
April 17, 2014, 3:40 PM
Quick Note: Chrome Remote Desktop App for Android Launches
April 17, 2014, 9:26 AM
Report: Apple Plans to Integrate Shazam Song Finding Functionality into Siri
April 17, 2014, 9:15 AM
Bring Your Own Battery: LG Isai FL Likely is G3, First U.S. Quad-HD Android
April 16, 2014, 7:38 PM
Project Moonshine: Google's Plan to Flatten Android App Icons Leaks
April 16, 2014, 1:46 PM
Apple, Microsoft, and Major U.S. Wireless Carriers Embrace Smartphone "Kill Switch"
April 16, 2014, 10:08 AM
Most Popular Articles
Cities to Carpoolers: Sharing Your Car is Illegal, We Will Seize Your Cars
April 4, 2014, 9:17 PM
iPad Exploiter is Freed by Federal Appeals Court
April 11, 2014, 7:40 PM
A-10 Warthog May Live to Fight Another Day with Support from Lawmakers
April 14, 2014, 9:41 AM
Taiwan's AOU Claims to Have World's Highest-Res. OLED Smartphone Display
April 11, 2014, 1:44 PM
EFF: NSA May Have Used IRC Botnets to Exploit Heartbleed for Last Two Years
April 14, 2014, 4:43 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
Tesla vs. BMW: Who Has the Safer EV?
Feb 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
Justice Leaks Details of Next HTC One Two Flagship Phone
Dec 5, 2013, 4:04 PM
Global Cyber Espionage Concerns Reveal Growing Cyber Armies
Nov 29, 2013, 11:04 AM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information