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PS4 VS Xbox One GDDR5 RAM debate rolls on

If you enjoy reading about the technical sides of the Xbox One and PS4 and have been intrigued about hearing about the pros and cons of each respective console, one particular story over the weekend may just take your interest.

It’s a known fact that the PS4 will support 8GB of GDDR5 RAM, while the Xbox One will instead utilize 8GB of DDR3 RAM. Gamers and critics alike have been saying that this will result in an obvious advantage for the PS4, but one Microsoft developer in particular has been keen to defend the advantages of using DDR3 instead GDDR5.

That man is Nick Baker and he is the manager of Xbox’s hardware architecture team. He looks after all of the available technologies in the system and has spoken to Eurogamer about their memory setup in the Xbox One, which obviously differs to the Sony PS4.

In an interesting statement, Baker has actually been quoted as saying that using GDDR5 “takes you into a little bit of an uncomfortable place”. To explain his words, he followed it up with this:

“ESRAM costs very little power and has the opportunity to give you very high bandwidth. You can reduce the bandwidth on external memory – that saves a lot of power consumption as well and the commodity memory is cheaper as well so you can afford more. That’s really a driving force behind that. You’re right, if you want a high memory capacity, relatively low power and a lot of bandwidth there are not too many ways of solving that.”

What does GDDR5 RAM mean to you?
What does GDDR5 RAM mean to you?

The fact that he calls GDDR5 uncomfortable is likely to resonate among some tech-minded gamers, especially since we have heard of many stories actually stating that GDDR5 is the more beneficial memory to use rather than DDR3 combined with ESRAM.

It’s a very interesting read, so check out the whole thing over at Eurogamer and then let us know what you think about it. Do you think it will ultimately make a big difference in the graphics performance of games between the two systems or not?

Is GDDR5 still the superior technology in your eyes?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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Jacob S
Jacob S

DDR3 with Esram is better. Esram is a frame buffer and handles a large part of the GPU memory allocation saving it from using the sdram- freeing up that ram for the system. 10mb of dram used in 360 gave it 720p with 2xAA – the WiiU 32mb of dram lets the WiiU hit 1080p60 – on it’s gen of games. 32mb Esram is the new and improved dram; even Nintendo thinks MS is smart for going this route. It uses less power than Gddr5 and creates a lot less heat – less heat= better performance/longer life of the internals,… Read more »

Zakk Sinurge
Zakk Sinurge

this should be simple for any layman to figure out all the best graphics cards in the world run on (fill in this blank space on your own kids) memory
it is uncomfortable for microsoft at this point i imagine it is very uncomorting that playstation one upped them at every turn including the camera


Funny thing is it’s stated just like most xbone head comments as either uncomfortable or you shouldn’t do that speaking of ps4’s integration via xbone hdmi or the fact esram was and is stated as a pain to program for I wish people would research this hogwash and see that it’s all pr spin and bull esram is redundent memory it does not replace fast read ram clouds is not proven and m$ has yet to release any compelling footage or specs surrounding their hard on for cloud based tech

Herve Shango
Herve Shango

yes gddr5 is the superior tech

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