From the performance comparisons and differences in game resolutions we’ve seen so far, the PS4 looks to be the better performing next-gen console. At least, for launch games that’s the case, and only time will tell if Microsoft can close the gap to Sony’s machine.But the PS4 has another advantage that would take a redesign of the Xbox One to match: the PS4 is considerably smaller than Microsoft’s machine. You can see that from the images included here, captured by German PC gaming website PCGames.de.The smaller size is an advantage to anyone who has limited space available in their entertainment center, or worse, the space is too small to allow for adequate cooling around the larger Xbox One. Of course, the advantage could become a disadvantage if the smaller casing and tigher-packed components means the PS4 runs hot or makes a lot of noise to stay cool. But I haven’t heard any reports about noise or heat issues regarding pre-release units or those that have been playing games since the midnight launch last night.From the images we have seen that compare the motherboards of the Xbox One and PS4, it looks like Sony spent more time perfecting the design of the innards and that’s where the space saving came from. It seems likely Microsoft can do that for the Xbox One, but we probably won’t get a smaller console from them for at least a year.