The PlayStation 4 may be even more powerful than the Xbox One than we all expected if a CPU benchmark is to be believed. It’s no secret that the majority of Sony’s and Microsoft’s consoles have got a very similar architecture this generation. Both consoles have an 8-core AMD Jaguar CPU, but it was believed that Microsoft, who bumped their CPU speed by around 10% a few weeks ago (from 1.6Ghz to 1.75Ghz), had the power advantage in this one area. However, a new benchmark by the Substance Engine appears to show that the PS4’s CPU is in fact more powerful (on top of all the other advantages the hardware has).
According to the benchmark, which focused solely on the CPU, the PlayStation 4 can generate 14MB/s of textures compared to 12MB/s for the Xbox One. This has led many to speculate that either Sony is able to push the clock speed of the CPU to 2.0GHz, or, Microsoft has had to hold back some cores of it’s processor for Kinect and OS usage. A developer has also confirmed that the PlayStation 4’s CPU is currently more powerful than the Xbox One’s.
If this is accurate, it may be a minor difference in it’s own right, but in the overall scheme of things, it means that the XB1 is technically weaker in every way than the PS4, yet more expensive.