Sony and Microsoft come out swinging in the new year!
Today, Sony announced that the PlayStation®4 has cumulatively sold through more than 18.5 million units worldwide as of January 4, 2015, and that the holiday season retail sales exceeded 4.1 million units globally. PS4 continues to demonstrate the fastest and strongest growth in PlayStation® hardware history.
More or less rubbing it in the face of Microsoft who have been playing catch up since this generation released and doing so all without tweaking the console specs or overclocking the console before this generation released.
However, Microsoft has hitback with some news that may force Sony's hand on the matter.
Microsoft has given developer access to 50% to 80% of a seventh processing core. Previously, both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 reserved two of eight processing cores strictly for multi-tasking, background tasks, and each console’s operating system.
However, providing game makers on Xbox One with six and a half or more cores of CPU power doesn’t come without its own headaches. While games might certainly benefit from the added performance, as titles like Assassin’s Creed Unity and Grand Theft Auto 5 are believed to already have done so, the possibility of game-specific and console-related voice commands eating up 50% or more of that seventh core’s usage still a reality.