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Old 01-16-2012, 09:42 PM  
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Xbox 720 vs PlayStation 4: Whats in Store?

Microsoft's Xbox 720 and Sony's PlayStation 4 are the two gaming consoles that have been heavily discussed on the Internet over the last few months.

Though both the companies had denied any such developments, gamers expected announcements of the devices at the CES 2012. However, no such announcements were made and now it is expected that official announcements will be made at the E3 2012.

Both PlayStation 4 and the Xbox 720 have to be launched at the same time if they want to stand any chance to outclass each other in the console market. The prices are expected to be high for a console that will deliver next-gen graphics and gameplay. However, both the companies have to play this card wisely as the price factor will have a major determining point in the popularity of the console. The same goes for the game and points achievements and the Live arena options.

Let's have quick look at what could be expected:

Processing Power: Though it is widely believed that the current PlayStation 3 has the edge over the Xbox 360 technically with processing power, graphical prowess and high-definition media via Blu-Ray drive, the next generation Xbox is expected to sport a more powerful processor with extreme graphics capability. According to a New Xbox 720 report, the new Xbox will feature an advanced Central Processing Unit with ground-breaking graphics. The current generation console sports a triple-cored 3.2 GHz processor, coupled with an exciting Graphics Processing Unit (GPU).

However, these specs have been countered by a report from PS4Playstation4.com report, saying Sony will add more SPEs (Synergistic Processing Elements) to the current amount of 8 SPEs which run at 3.2 GHz. Out of this, one is disabled for yield purposes and one for security purposes such as encryption and decryption of the hard drive in real time.

The cell in the PS3 has an overall performance of 204 GFLOPs (floating-point operation per second). It is believed that Sony will increase the current amount of 8 SPEs to 16 SPEs to provide optimal power to heat ratio, provided it is manufactured at 32nm. This will make it capable of consuming the same amount of energy as the 90nm Cell processor found in the 60/20GB PS3s.

It is expected that Microsoft may not choose to stick with IBM to deliver the device's processing power in the future for their new console and a new Fusion chip from AMD might replace it. To meet the fan expectations, Microsoft will surely have to bring in more horsepower to last for at least 10 years. This can be done with an enhanced CPU that will compliment the GPU to produce amazing visuals. Although no game has been declared for the new Xbox, it is believed that titles like "Halo 5" and "Gears of War 4" could become one of the first few games to arrive for the console.

Disc Format: Many believe that Sony will let to go its usual Blu-Ray and replace it with HVDs (Holographic Versatile Disc) though the HVD drives are too expensive and too big.

The new drives are expected to use a full 100GB disc with an advanced Blu-Ray drive for faster reading. The current PS3 has a 2x Blu-ray Disc, where 4x is the minimum to read a 100Gb disc. However, the average read speed nowadays is 8x and it is also relatively cheap. Hence it can be expected that the PS4 will have at least an 8x drive which reads at 36MB/s, and games will load much faster.

The 720, on the other hand, has an unusual rumor making rounds saying that the new console will use Cloud for storage which have been redirected from the fact that Steam has done so well on PC over the years. Now it is being thought if the 720 games will actually feature on a disc at all, or will be simply downloaded from Cloud whenever they will be required. Microsoft could also have opted for the traditional Blu-ray system hadn't it been already owned by rivals, Sony. Other sources have claimed that the future 720 games could also come as Flash drives.

Controller: With rumors making rounds, stories about the console controllers have also gained momentum over the months. Although nothing really is known about the PS4 controller or is too absurd to write about it, the 720 controllers have seen interesting rumors and stories making headlines. It is expected that the 720 controllers will be controlled purely by Kinect style motion sensors. This may sound absurd at the moment but could make a surprise entry with the 720. However, hopefully the traditional style controllers for both Sony and Microsoft will be around for a while.

USB connections: Like the controllers for Sony above, nothing really is known about the Xbox 720 USB connections while a little has been known about the PS4 USB connections. At least 2 to 4 USB 3.0 connections are expected that will back up 100GBs of install data, save data and applications that will take only half the normal time of transfer which can currently take up to 8 hours.

(These are all speculations based on what the consoles currently have and the latest technology that is available at the moment. Any further developments will be posted.)


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Old 01-17-2012, 04:11 PM   #31
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75Gb/mo? Jesus. No wonder they want to institute bandwidth caps.
Hate to break it to you but 75gb is peanuts compared to what most people use. Thats just netflix and watching tv shows I missed while they were airing.
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I have news for you - EVERYTHING is moving towards the cloud. When Google first unveiled their operating system concept, it had NO local storage. Microsoft is gradually moving applications from the desktop OS to the cloud.

We're moving further and further into a realm where we, the consumer, do not and will not own content. We'll consume it on-demand, with permission from the actual owner/provider.
I know, and the ISPs are cashing in on it. I have a hard time justifying $45 a month for internet as it is. ISPs are moving to $70-100 per month models now thanks to this ****ing cloud based crap.
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:14 PM   #32
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I know, and the ISPs are cashing in on it. I have a hard time justifying $45 a month for internet as it is. ISPs are moving to $70-100 per month models now thanks to this ****ing cloud based crap.
I don't know of any ISPs doing business around here, other than HughesNet, that have bandwidth caps.
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:16 PM   #33
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I don't know of any ISPs doing business around here, other than HughesNet, that have bandwidth caps.
Here in Topeka ATT is 150gb for DSL and 200gb for uverse internet. Cox is 50gb for basic internet and 200gb for mid teir internet. The Cox has an unlimited package for $100 per month.
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:19 PM   #34
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Here in Topeka ATT is 150gb for DSL and 200gb for uverse internet. Cox is 50gb for basic internet and 200gb for mid teir internet. The Cox has an unlimited package for $100 per month.
They must have some terrible network in the area. Those bandwidth caps are in place to alleviate over-subscription issues.
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:37 PM   #35
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Hate to break it to you but 75gb is peanuts compared to what most people use. Thats just netflix and watching tv shows I missed while they were airing.
Define most people? Most people with Netflix? How much Netflix do you watch? I can maybe see a pirating fiend piping 75Gb/mo.
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:48 PM   #36
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they need to make a next gen connection/internet system.
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Define most people? Most people with Netflix? How much Netflix do you watch? I can maybe see a pirating fiend piping 75Gb/mo.
4 kids and I'm a techie. No I don't ****ing pirate. also, Onlive takes up some of that bandwidth but I severely limit that.

the last couple months I've been able to get it down to 50gb per month because I found out how to turn down the quality settings on netflix to the crappiest setting.

BTW, a true pirating fiend would make my use look like absolutely NOTHING.

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Decent read on the subject of caps. Blog quality.

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Define most people? Most people with Netflix? How much Netflix do you watch? I can maybe see a pirating fiend piping 75Gb/mo.
I use that easily but I work from home.
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they need to make a next gen connection/internet system.
Never happen. Not enough money in it.
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I don't Pirate - We use netflix -and PlayOn - as our main source of TV

I have a 250GB Cap and I go over every Month with comcast..

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I use that easily but I work from home.
you must be a pirate then. Don't you love closed minded people.
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I don't Pirate - We use netflix -and PlayOn - as our main source of TV

I have a 250GB Cap and I go over every Month with comcast..

Uh oh, don't look now Pants. Another pesky pirate right?
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This is part of the problem with you guys using AT&T and Comcast for Internet - they're also cable TV providers.

I'll bet you that the bandwidth caps don't include U-verse TV, do they?

This is the whole idea behind network neutrality - AT&T and companies like them implement bandwidth limits and throttling so that your (negative) experiences with Hulu, Netflix, Youtube, and the rest gradually coerce you into consuming all of THEIR content.

It's a difficult subject because ultimately they own the network you're using and should have the right to use it however they want. However, what they're doing is extremely anti-competitive.
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Uh oh, don't look now Pants. Another pesky pirate right?
You guys must be watching a shit ton of Netflix. And you were the one complaining about the price of Internet Service? How the hell can someone justify low prices when they're putting 350Gb through their pipes? LOL
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