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Xbox One $499 Cost Not A ‘Ridiculous Price Point,’ But A PS4 Hardware Comparison Says Otherwise

Xbox One $499 Cost Not A 'Ridiculous Price Point,' But A PS4 Hardware Comparison Says Otherwise

The Xbox One $499 price point is being defended by Microsoft, but what does a Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4 hardware comparison reveal?

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the announcement of the Xbox One $499 price point after all the other Microsoft stumbles had some critics claiming Sony has already won the latest console war with the PlayStation 4.

The Xbox One’s price is a good $100 more expansive than the Sony PlayStation 4. The PS4 pre-orders are already beating the Xbox One due to the pricing. The only news is that the Xbox One, PS4 game prices will remain at $60 despite rumors they may jump to $70.

Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, defended the Xbox One’s $499 price tag as not being unreasonable:

“It’s a lower number than some of the analysts had forecasted. We’re over-delivering value against other choices I think consumers can get. Any modern product these days, you look at it [and] $499 isn’t a ridiculous price point. We’re delivering thousands of dollars of value to people, so I think they’re going to love it when they use it.”

But is the cost of a Xbox One a “ridiculous price point” based upon a hardware comparison? Both the Xbone and the PS4 share similar hardware from AMD. AMD claims Microsoft and Sony did not know they were both working with AMD on designing the next generation consoles. They both have a 1.6 GHz 8-core Jaguar CPU, 800 MHz GPU, 8 GB of memory, a 500GB HDD, Blu-ray drive, WiFi, 4K or Ultra HD HDMI, and USB 3.0.

A Xbox One and PlayStation 4 hardware comparison shows the main difference lies in the GPU and memory systems. The Xbox One has 768 shader cores while the PS4 boasts 1152. This means the peak shader throughput is 1.25 TeraFLOPS/s versus 1.84 TeraFLOPS/s. Keep in mind that video games tend to be GPU bottlenecked, not CPU limited.

The memory systems are also significantly different. The Xbox One combines 8 GB of 2133 MHz DDR3 memory with 32 MB of embedded memory. The PlayStation 4 skips the eSRAM and provides 8 GB of 5500 MHz GDDR5 memory. This means the Xbox One provides 68.3 GB/s and 102 GB/s of memory bandwidth, while the PS4 once again wins with 176 GB/s.

So it could be argued that you’re not getting what you paid for with the $499 Xbox One price point. The increased cost of the Kinect 2.0 could be factored in, but that debate is pretty much a wash considering the increased cost of PS4 controllers with their touchscreens.

Do you feel gamers are being xboned by the Xbox One $499 price point?

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20 Responses to “Xbox One $499 Cost Not A ‘Ridiculous Price Point,’ But A PS4 Hardware Comparison Says Otherwise”

  1. יוסי שלי

    10 years from now, no one will be able to play hes games on the xbox one, when microsoft shuts down it's servers!

    I have a 15 years old dreamcast which I can play it's games any time. and ps one, super nintendo and much more.

    I love keeping my consoles and my games.

    Not long ago, I reconnected the Real xbox 1 and played some old games, something I will not be able to do with the NEW XBOX ONE.

    Also, in my country, I will not be able to play the games from day one. I'll have to wait, maby another year or more, until microsoft will add it to the servers.

    A real shit if you ask me.

    I'll have my PS4 at day one and play the games without any restrictions, even 20 years from now.

  2. Buenviaje Eric

    ddr3 and GDDR 5 gannot be compared… GDDR5 is a graphics RAM DDR3 is different… if the rumors were true that the xbox would run on a similar 7790 architecture GPU then it will also have a GDDR5 memory for the GPU. The DDR3 for the xbox one I think would be RAM for the process and not for the video memory. I'm still getting the PS3 though…

  3. Roy Reardon

    Don't ignor the OS software. The Xbox OS will be vastly more expensive due to the amount of additional engineering required to add the many new features (if you want/use them or not).

  4. Philip Straw

    I'm on Sony's side for the next generation, but you can't really compare a controller's touch pad to Kinect 2.0. At the end of the day, Sony are a hardware company and have been making electronics for quite some time now…Microsoft on the other hand is a software company. Sony SHOULD be a able to build a console that's simular to the Xbox One for less cost AND smaller in size.

  5. Harry Weston

    Do you want something that watches you, checks your not trading or sharing games and forcing you to pay for services which are still free on other platforms (Netflix and apps like those) or something that does what you bought it for and more for a cheaper price…. It's pretty oblivious the Xbox wont see it through to another generation, maybe if they are lucky or change policies.

  6. Harry Weston

    Do you want something that watches you, checks your not trading or sharing games and forcing you to pay for services which are still free on other platforms (Netflix and apps like those) or something that does what you bought it for and more for a cheaper price…. It's pretty oblivious the Xbox wont see it through to another generation, maybe if they are lucky or change policies.

  7. Harry Weston

    Do you want something that watches you, checks your not trading or sharing games and forcing you to pay for services which are still free on other platforms (Netflix and apps like those) or something that does what you bought it for and more for a cheaper price…. It's pretty oblivious the Xbox wont see it through to another generation, maybe if they are lucky or change policies.