PlayStation 4's early technical specifications are looking "more powerful" than those of Microsoft's next-generation Xbox targets, according to PSM3's development sources.
Reporting via a PS4 news special in its latest issue, which hits news stands on Wednesday, January 11, the mag cites sources suggesting that Microsoft's machine will beat Sony's to market "if only by months".
PSM3's sister mag, Xbox World, publishes a similar source-digging next-gen special in its issue out on the same day, claiming that the next Xbox will ship in late 2013 with a PowerPC-based processor from IBM and 'Kinect 2.0' out of the box.
The latter matches up with previous reports, and according to Xbox World it's one reason PS4's looking like it might outperform 360's successor in the processing department.
With its next console Microsoft is looking to focus on "utility and innovation," the report says.
The latest rumour reports arrive hours after MCV's claims that both PS4 and Xbox 720 will be shown at this year's E3.
According to the trade mag, Sony and Microsoft have both indicated to third-parties that they'll be showing off their next-generation machines at the Los Angeles show, spoiling Nintendo's Wii U re-reveal in the process.
Read the full PS4 story in PSM3, on sale 11 January, where you'll also find a world-first review of Soulcalibur V, an in-depth look at Metal Gear Rising Revengeance, plus 20 essential tips on how to squeeze more from your PS3.
For insider knowledge on the next Xbox, read the complete story in Xbox World, where there's also an exclusive hands on with Mass Effect 3's single player campaign and an epic feature on the most beautiful, hard-to-find places in Skyrim. It's on sale 11 January.
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