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Round 1 Goes to PlayStation 4

With the first round of announcements behind us, the only thing that’s clear in the inevitable and perpetual Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4 battle is that there is no clear winner. Microsoft finally unveiled its next-generation video game console on Tuesday and once all the dust settled, Anandtech’s Anand Lal Shimpi took a step back and laid out everything we know about these two beastly consoles. Lal Shimpi’s analysis is extensive and thorough, as always, but it boils down to this: Based on what we know at this point, Sony has the edge in terms of specs and raw power.

While both consoles make use of an eight-core AMD Jaguar processor — which is a big win for AMD — the PlayStation 4 features 1,152 GPU cores compared to the Xbox One’s 768 graphics cores. Sony’s new console drives 1.84 TFLOPS as a result, compared to the new Xbox’s peak shader throughput of 1.23 TFLOPS.

The PlayStation 4 also has the edge when it comes to system memory, featuring 8GB of 5500MHz GDDR5 memory compared to the Xbox One’s 8GB of 2133MHz DDR3 RAM. Embedded memory and embedded memory bandwidth for the Xbox One are still unknown.

What does all this mean? In terms of raw gaming power, Sony’s PlayStation 4 is the clear winner. As we have discussed in the past, however, Microsoft and Sony’s missions appear to be diverging to an extent, as Microsoft continues to layer more home entertainment features on top of the Xbox’s gaming features.

For hardcore gamers though, the PlayStation 4 seems like the better bet at this point — assuming the allure of Microsoft’s IllumiRoom project is removed from the equation.

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Sony Stock Up 9% After Xbox One Reveal

Sony’s stock closed today at 22.91 points, nearly two points higher than it was eight hours before. That’s good for a 9.25 percent jump in Sony’s market price, an outrageous jump that many companies would kill for. Then again, with such a low market valuation, such jumps aren’t unheard of for companies in Sony’s position.

Microsoft’s stock closed down 0.66 percent, seemingly unaffected one way or another by Xbox One.

Your first instinct might be that this has to do with Xbox One’s reveal, which was light on games and heavy on entertainment. That might be part of it, but as Bloomburg reports, the stock jump seems to have been driven primarily by a rumor we first reported on last week: Sony may be spinning off its entertainment division.

Bloomberg notes that the jump correlated directly with a report from massive Japanese newspaper Nikkei that the company is indeed “leaning toward spinning off its entertainment division,” which is primarily comprised of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment. Such a move was first publically suggested by Daniel S. Loeb, a hedge fund manager who happens to own 6.5 percent of Sony.

The article also notes that “Sony executives are holding their regular corporate strategy meeting in Tokyo tomorrow. The company has relied on profit from its entertainment division to offset losses from its flagship consumer electronics business.”

What Sony’s actual strategy is remains to be seen, but between this fresh Nikkei rumor and, presumably, Xbox One’s reveal, Sony’s stock is surging.

Source: IGN