PS4 and Xbox 720 Unveiled: Dev Spills the Beans on Reddit

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PS4 and Xbox 720 Unveiled

Dev spills the beans on Reddit

by Nicholas Laborde

©2013 Nicholas Laborde

next gen consoles oxcgn #1Unless you’ve been living under a rock, it’s impossible to be a gamer and not be constantly assaulted with rumors about the next-gen consoles.

“I think it will cure cancer,” or “I think world peace will occur,” or even, “It will fix the world economy” are all legitimate claims at this point.

However, the motherload has finally arrived.

A developer choosing to remain anonymous for obvious reasons has spilled the beans on Reddit, giving juicy details about what to expect from the next gen systems.

Buckle up, because it’s fascinating.

Orbis and Durango

The user claims to be an anonymous developer that has worked/had time with both consoles, but obviously is under NDA and can’t release anything too detailed.

The high points, however, are below.


alan wake 2 oxcgn #6Way back in the day, ports were difficult since all of the consoles were specifically different and highly specialized. The Xbox was the start of a multiplat revolution since it was similar to a PC.

This gen further proved that, and next gen will cement the fact that ports will be easy.

The next consoles from Sony and Microsoft will supposedly share similar architecture that will make cross-platform development much easier.

The 720 is essentially a Windows PC, and the PS4 is basically a Linux PC. This way, developers could port things easily from the 720, PC, PS4 and SteamBox.


watch-dogs-oxcgn_screenshot 7While the user did not divulge much specific information about the CPU of the mysterious consoles, he did state that it will most likely be very green on power.

Having more cores is an advantage since you can shut off the ones you aren’t using, and as the user goes on to explain, you could have a console that’s barely using any power or cores while you’re watching Netflix, leading to a nearly silent console.

The user gets very excited about this, as AMD is a strong proponent of using different cores for different situations, and if both consoles are running AMD processors, the possibilities may be endless.


battlefield 3 armored kill screenshots oxcgn #9At this point of the post, the user is very disappointed in the hardware of the systems. The graphical power would be very similar to that of an HD 7850.

For those of you that have no idea what I just said, it should be noted that this would allow Battlefield 3 to run at full 1080p resolution and never dipping below 60 FPS.

As such, this would set a new visual standard for games.

Microsoft and Sony’s strategies

microsoft-logoBoth companies are opting for different hardware strategies.

Supposedly, Microsoft is opting for slower RAM but more of it, while Sony is going for faster RAM but less of it.

This would allow Microsoft to have Kinect 2.0, and the PS4 to truly be a workhorse. It should also be pointed out that Sony is investing a lot in the system’s GPU compared to that of Microsoft.

JAPAN-ELECTRONICS-COMPANY-SONYIn descending order, the most powerful system would be the PS4 with the Xbox 720 in the middle and the Wii U at the bottom.

Also, while the final price point itself is unknown, it appears both consoles should launch for about the same price to make them more competitive (and to prevent more $599USD debacles).


wii u system oxcgn #3Rumor has it that the PS4 will be revealed as soon as the next few weeks, and the next Xbox will be revealed as late as E3.

All that we can do for now is to wait, and enjoy the first entry into next-gen, the Wii U.

What do you think? Will any of this come true? Or is it just fishing for attention?

Personally, I think it’s credible as you’d have to have extensive knowledge and a lot of time in order to come up with such a detailed story.

Time will tell regardless.

©2013 Nicholas Laborde

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I'm an American from steamy Louisiana, one of the most electronically deprived areas of the United States. I've gamed since I was four years old as a result, and plan to do it onto my deathbed. I discovered I could write in June of 2010 when I started a little site called Fans of The Genre with a few friends, and that eventually collapsed three months after due to social lives kicking in. No less than two weeks after that I discovered OXCGN via the community gamer gab competition, and become a staff member shortly after. In February of 2011 I was welcomed to the Editorial staff, then in March of 2012 I was promoted to co-owner... and here I am!

23 thoughts on “PS4 and Xbox 720 Unveiled: Dev Spills the Beans on Reddit”

  1. As many internet marketing specialists say:. Video is the perfect media for getting
    a marketing message right in front of the customer.
    Generating consistent, quality traffic is the key to success,
    whether you’re selling donuts or high-end mainframe databases.


    1. This guy has no idea what hes talking about, I had a HD 6950 (better than a 7850) and with an intel i5 and it would not run battlefield above 50 fps no matter how much i overclocked. My 670 however gets around 64 fps. (Assuming max settings at 1080p) Consoles are crap and cost just as much as pc’s these days. What a scam.


  2. running bf3 1080p @ 60fps consistency is setting a “new standard for games”? what the? (Edited for language)

    i was able to run games with better visuals than bf3 at over 60fps 3-4 years ago… and it didnt cost 2k in a computer to do…


    1. yeah but the thing is that the game didn’t squeeze all the hardware could offer due to consoles dragging PCs down(not trying to sound like an elitist douche but let’s face it, it’s the truth). AMD CPU’s often have less performance than an intel one (as far as I’ve experienced, could be wrong tho) mainly because the consoles dind’t have a huge emphasis on the amount of cores


  3. Sounds bout right, there pulling a samsung galaxy 3 strategy. Update your tech just enough to make it new, but no better then a .5 in terms of power. Basically we’re getting a PS3.5 and and Xbox 360.5 due to the depression the world is in and neither side trying to blow the other away.

    Samsung didn’t have to try harder with galaxy 3 cause Iphone 5 held back, and IPhone 5 didn’t have to try cause samsung held back. Just like nintendo barely did jack shit when it came to power, so Microsoft and sony did just enough to trounce Wii U but nothing grand to slam one another. Unless we see some nice exclusives and features this shall be a very boring, publisher raping, console war.


  4. HAHAHAHA!! I see what you did there. you took the info that was already known and said a developer leaked the info. hahahahaha what people do just to get hits. lame!!


  5. The same old power debate once again, it’ll never go away. The PS3 brushed away the Xbox and GameCube, the Wii brushed away the Xbox 360 and PS3, so the power debate is pointless. The next console war will be down to the games, what the console comes with and the price. The Wii U isn’t at a good price at the moment, plus as with every Nintendo console in history, it’ll never get a big range of games, more so from Nintendo. I’d say the launch was fairly average. Most gamers are waiting for the Xbox 720 and PS3, which will knock the Wii U into third place. The Wii U won’t follow in the footsteps of the Wii. Even if the Xbox 720 isn’t as powerful as the PS4, who’s bothered? The Xbox 360 gave the PS3 a run for its money, Kinect is a big bonus, not forgetting Xbox Live, so Sony and Nintendo have a big fight on their hands. Come next gen, consoles will be expensive, more so the PS4. Sony will never learn with their high prices, they still live in the clouds with the Vita, more so the price of the games. I can see £60 games making a come back, which was the case with Nintendo 64 games from 1996 onwards. My money is on the Xbox 720.


  6. More bullshit straight from the horse’s mouth then.
    Sony doesn’t have any more legs to stand on with $150 Billion of ever increasing debt. If they release another $599+ console they will be dead, no doubt about it.
    It’s a crisis right now and nobody in their right mind would buy such a money trap from them again.


  7. Yeah this is not really news. Articles have been circulating with the same (and more) information regarding 1.6GHz 8-core chips etc etc. This seems like someone that generalized the information into “well no-shit sherlock” article.


  8. I am curious about a rumor saying both will use bluray up to 100gb. If this is true, will or better yet how will the Xbox be backwards compatible?


  9. Do you have a link to the reddit thread.. because this seems made up of all the rumours that have been circulating for the last few months. Which doesn’t exactly add credibility to the rumours or the source at all.


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