The rumor mill is staring to go into overdrive this month as both the next-gen PlayStation and Xbox consoles are likely to be revealed sometime this year. A number of sources are claiming to have details on the consoles, specifically what they will have under the hood.
One thread states that the new PlayStation will have 4 GB of GDDR5 RAM with a transfer rate of 192 GB/S, while the next-gen Xbox will have 8 GB of DDR3/4 RAM. In comparison, the PS3 has just 512 MB of RAM.
While the new Xbox may have double the RAM compare to the PS4, the PS3 will be using super fast GDDR5 memory, hopefully balancing the performance of the two consoles. The PS4′s RAM bandwidth is rumoured to be 192 GB/s, whilst the 720′s 64 GB/s.
Apparently citing information from CES, VG247 state that the PS4 will have a 50% raw, computational power advantage over the new Xbox console. VH247 claims that the PS4 will have a run-capability of 1.84 teraflops, while the new Xbox will be able to achieve 1.23 teraflops.
VG247 also concurs with the RAM rumours above, adding that 1 GB of the 4 GB RAM on the PS4 will be reserved for OS, security and apps, leaving 3 Gb for games.
Finally, Baird Equity Research, who, after studying information from CES last week and after speaking “with a number of companies involved in video game development and distribution” have pitched a potential price of $400 (around £250) for the PS4. But the cost doesn’t currently account for shipping, taxes and other costs.
Baird’s Colin Sebastian expects an October launch for the new Sony console and a November launch for the next Xbox, although he warned through his “field checks” there “may be early production issues with Sony’s PS4.”