You probably might have already heard of the Oculus Rift tale by now. The sample hardware which has been made available to different developers in still in nascent stages but it is already gearing for a commercial release. Till the commercial release happens, the Oculus Rift team has their hands full with a lot of prodding and tweaking which is still left to be completed.
One of the team members at Oculus Rift creator stated that the team was busy developing higher resolution, position-based tracking which will enable them at tracking the entire movement via space, which will reduce latency and motion blur. These are some of the most harrowing issues that tend to disappoint players and rob them off the actual experience.
Research in motion
For Oculus, one of the most challenging hurdles has been to overcome the motion sickness issue. One of the team members has assured that the Oculus team has registered considerable progress in solving the motion sickness issue. The team member also mentioned that they have already developed internal prototypes for some specific content that eliminates motion sickness completely. The developer also added that their new hardware is far more advanced and reduces the possibility of someone suffering motion sickness to a great extent.
Though the Oculus team has made considerable progress while trying to fix motion sickness, it should not be coming as a surprise for players to experience slight uneasiness during replicated motion at high speed. The run speed clocked in the Unreal Tournament 3 comes close to 30 miles per hour while the instant acceleration backward reaches 40 miles per hour, which the human body might face some awkwardness in handling.
The team member added that there is lot of work to be done for making games function in VR so as to make games that don’t make players sick and at the same time, well considering the VR’s limitations.
In the past it was quite difficult to compare between two game consoles because of the completely different built. However, comparing bandwidth, clock speed and FLOPS can be done. But it is different with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, things are different. With regard to the costly customised chips, Sony and Microsoft have chosen to command semi-customised GPU/CPU from the same base of architecture that AMD is presently selling in computers.
The CPU comes with 5 billion transistors, 47Mbtes of storage on chip, 28Nm TSMC HP and power island and clock to 2.5% of the aggregate power. Both the PS$ and Xbox One processor make use of the similar number of computing cores and similar AMD Jaguar built. However, the real difference lies in the clock speed. Whilst the Xbox One Processor was given a recent raise to 1.75Ghz, Sony hasn’t stated any CPU speed figure. However, Xbox One offers a slight edge over PS4. Jaguar is not the fastest AMD processor architecture- it was designed for low power systems such as tablets.
In simple words, with the given size of box and chip, the consoles can do small jobs at one go and thus it made sense for both the console designers to opt for more cores instead of choosing faster ones.
Microsoft has MHz and Sony features more Hardware
When it comes to GPU, the two consoles differ a lot. But, they share similar architecture AMD Sea Islands and GPUs Radeon 7000 and 8000 series. While the GPU of Xbox One runs at 853MHz, for PS4 is runs at 800MHz.
The GPU of PS4 has more hardware in it – 12CU in the Xbox One and 18 CU of AMD.
There are several differences and similarities between Xbox and PS4… Read the rest
The gaming world just cannot wait for the release of Sony PS4 and Xbox One consoles. With both releasing in over two weeks, it will be interesting to see who wins the battle. The hype around Sony PS4 is pretty high, as compared to Xbox One, with people posting on social networking sites such as Twitter their intent to buy Sony PS4 as compared to Microsoft’s Xbox One. Here’s the comparison:
DESIGN: Not that design is the most crucial aspect when it comes to consoles, Sony PS4 has a sleeker design than that of Xbox One and is relatively smaller. Xbox One is literally a box within the Xbox, with provision for external flash storage.
CONTROLLER: The debate regarding which controller is better, the Xbox One controller or the PS4 DualShock 4 controller is one that cannot be solved anytime soon. Gamers have their own preferences. Sony and Microsoft have not changed their respective gaming controllers over the years, they have just evolved from the ones used in 2000 and 2001. PS4 DualShock 4 controller is larger, with a front and center touchpad. Xbox One controller is more comfortable and can be used to play games laptops and PCs too.
Launch games: Exclusive games such as Ryse: Son of Rome, Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, LocoCycle, Fable Legends, Sunset Overdrive Kinect Sports Rivals: Preseason and Killer Instinct are included in Xbox One. Call Of Duty: Ghosts is not exclusive to Xbox One, but with DLC expected in a month, Xbox users can enjoy the game. PS4 on the other hand included exclusive day one games such as Killzone Shadow Fall, NBA 2k14, Zoo Tycoon, Madden NFL 25 and Knack in its lineup. Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag is another action game gamers can enjoy on PS4.
Both the consoles are close in graphical features, the feel of the controller and versatility does separate them with the Xbox One slightly better, while as far as RAM and speed is concerned PS4 wins anyday. Let’s wait which console sells more this Christmas.… Read the rest
As the holiday season is around the corner, the sale of gaming consoles have increased rapidly. The two giants in the world of gaming consoles, Xbox 360 and PS4 n are ready to go head bang with each other, as both of them are ready with something new for the users. However, there is news that Play station will get the cutting edge in the market as they are offering their PS4 at a price of 400 dollars in comparison to Xbox One that is priced at 500 dollars.
The view of the experts
It is been reported that the worldwide market sale of the gaming consoles will be higher than what it was in the year 2012. Costing of these consoles is considered the major factor for the change. The directors of Xbox One and PS4 are stating that features would again be another segment that will be the point of consideration while purchasing consoles.
The research analysis
IDC has done some research work on the popularity of gaming consoles and found that China would be lifting the ban after thirteen years on consoles, which in result will lead to increase of hardware for all the major game players in the market. This change will happen in the next three years.… Read the rest
Although the release Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are about two months away, both are about to go toe-to-toe for the better gaming console title this November.
Both systems are evenly matched in many respects and should be able to usher in the next generation of gaming that Nintendo’s Wii U hasn’t been able to deliver. A couple of specifications should make a good enough comparison.
Xbox One & PlayStation 4 head for box-like look
Design-wise The Xbox One literally put the box in Xbox, with a large black rectangular shape that has been compared to an oversized 80s VCR unit. PS4 is smaller in size compared to the Xbox One and a little bit sleeker thanks to its angular shape and two-halves design.
PlayStation’s Single Chip vs Xbox One’s 8-core x86
The PS4 uses a single-chip custom processor within a CPU of low power x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores. The GPU incorporates a 1.84 TFLOPS & a AMD next-generation Radeon™ based graphics engine. The Xbox incorporates the x86 processor, which allows you to switch from a game to an entertainment app with absolute ease.
Xbox One & PS4: Toe-to-toe Memory
The Xbox One utilizes 8GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. So does the PS4
Microsoft’s HDMI Pass-Thru
The Xbox connects your cable or satellite box to your Xbox One. The HDMI pass-thru enables you to watch TV through your Xbox, which makes switching inputs seem almost pre-historic. The PS4 uses a standard HDMI port out & a Digital output (optical) port.
Xbox One allows you to play games & watch movies on blu-ray alright, but the PS4 brags about its BD/DVD (Read Only) slots in 6 CAV & 8 CAV respectively.… Read the rest