Although the Xbox One has not been released yet, there are plenty of 360 users that are wondering whether or not it’s worth the switch right now. Here we will compare the two consoles to see if the Xbox One blows the 360 out of the water or not.
As seen in my previous blog post, The Ins and Outs of the Xbox One, the Xbox One has 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, a 500GB non-replaceable hard drive, a GPU with 768 cores running at 853 MHz, and a theoretical 1.31 TFLOPS peak performing power. It also supports Gigabit internet and Wi-Fi Direct. The Xbox One supports 4K resolution (3840×2160) and HDMI 1.4 for both inputs and outputs.
The Xbox 360 has various hard drives that are available for different versions of the console. It varies from 20 GB all the way to 320GB. The Xbox 360 uses a triple-core Xenon as its CPU. Graphics processing is handled with 10MB of eDRAM and a main pool of memory with 512 MB of space for RAM.
This means that the Xbox One is substantially more efficient than the 360 in terms of CPU and RAM. The graphics is also a lot better when it comes to machinery, however there isn’t a substantial difference that one can actually see.
Because the Xbox 360 has been available for years, there is a substantial difference in the two consoles’ game libraries. The Xbox One has only about 15 or so games that are available at launch. Like I mentioned in one of my previous blogs, Microsoft is only on in the beginning phases of making backwards compatibility possible for the Xbox One. The Xbox 360 has a plethora of games available to play when compared to the Xbox One and for at least 3 more years to come, it will continue to be that way. Microsoft has promised that they will support the Xbox 360 for at least 3 more years with new games and content.
Believe it or not, the Xbox One is actually bigger in size than the Xbox 360. It’s 33.3cm wide, 27.4cm deep and 7.9cm tall. The latest Xbox 360 console is only 27cm wide, 26cm deep and 7.5cm tall. This increase in size is due to Xbox designing the console for a ten year lifetime period. Not only do they expect it to last a decade, but they designed it with the intention that it would remain on for the entire time. The Xbox 360 had really bad overheating problems which was one of the major causes of the “Red Ring of Death.” It’s good that Microsoft has changed the design to prevent a terrible relapse. The only issue with the larger design is spacing and convenient placement issues.
There is a substantial price difference between the two consoles. The Xbox One costs a whopping $499 while you could pick up an Xbox 360 for $199 at GameStop. You even pick up a few of the newest games on the Xbox 360 and still not spend $499. It’s simply because the Xbox has been out for longer while the Xbox One hasn’t even been released yet. I do expect the Xbox One to remain at $499 for at least the first year or two, so I wouldn’t recommend waiting around for this to go on sale.
I think the Xbox One is a great console and well worth the huge price tag, but it’s nothing to burn your 360 for. Especially because Microsoft will continue to make games for the 360 for a few more years. In a few more years, it might be time to move up to the next console. Until then, take this time to clear your 360 backlog and start saving up your money because the Xbox One is in all of our futures.