Sony Corp.’s next Playstation may yield higher technically prowess compared to Microsoft Corp.’s next Xbox according a new report that details the hardware specifications of both consoles.

EDGE Magazine this week claimed the Playstation 4, code-named Orbis, will include 4GB of GDDR5 RAM that can move data at 176 gigabytes per second, compared to the next Xbox with 8GB of DDR3 RAM. The publication’s source claims Sony may match the latter’s 8GB capacity in the final hardware.

Both consoles are said to utilize an 8-core AMD CPU at 1.6Ghz, with Sony utilizing an AMD R10XX GPU and Microsoft a D3D11.x GPU from an undetermined source.

A source told the publication Sony’s hardware is slightly more powerful and simple to work with.

By comparison, the Playstation 3 utilized a propriety Cell processor and 256MB of system RAM which created a difficult development environment. In addition, the components ballooned the cost of the hardware to $600 at launch in 2006, a factor that limited sales potential and incurred substantial losses for the company’s game division during the period.

Finally, the PS4 controller is said to include a new touchpad in the center similar to the rear touchpad found in the Playstation Vita handheld, and a new Share button to take screen grabs and video to upload to social networks.

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