Xbox One Executive: Sony PS4 Tech Specs “Meaningless”, Games Are More Important
There have been a number of technical comparisons between Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One, and a lot of talk has been directed at Sony’s RAM and teraflop advantage, because more teraflops!
Now, Xbox product planning boss Albert Penello has stepped up to downplay the technical differences between the next-gen consoles. Speaking to Official Xbox Magazine, Penello argued that hardware analysis is “meaningless” when “our games and experiences are going to be every bit as good as, if not better” than those on competing consoles.
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When asked whether he was cautious of PS4 comparisons, Penello suggested that few gamers actually buy consoles for the specs alone.
“The problem is that Sony decided to go out and publish a bunch of numbers, which are in some ways meaningless,” he told OXM. “Because this isn’t like 1990, when it was 16-bit versus 32-bit.
“As a matter of fact,” he continued, “they actually go out and they talk about how proud they are about their off-the-shelf parts. Our guys’ll say, we touched every single component in the box and everything there is tweaked for optimum performance.”
“For me, I’d rather not even have the conversation, because it’s not going to matter,” Penello went on.
“The box is going to be awesome. The games are going to be awesome. I heard this exact same argument last generation and it’s a pointless argument, because people are debating things which they don’t know about. They’re not [head silicon engineer] Nick Baker or [corporate vice president of IEB hardware Todd Holmdahl], and I’m not [lead PS4 architect] Mark Cerny, so why are we having this discussion?”
Penello states that consumers will make their console choice for the games the machine offers, and not its capabilities on paper.
“Here’s what you care about,” he said. “You bought a system to play great games and have great experiences. I feel like our games and experiences are going to be every bit as good, if not better, technically – on top of all the magic we’re going to add with the instant switching, and the power of the cloud.
“So the whole numbers game – yeah, I’ve been following it online and it’s like, we tried having that argument last time. Do I want to talk about HDMI 1.3 or 1.4, it’s like ‘argh!’ It doesn’t matter. Did you see Call of Duty, it looks f**king awesome! It’s going to be great, you know. So we’re just saying, it’s not worth the debate.”
I personally don’t care about the hardware comparisons, but I will say I am really tired of Microsoft’s attitude. Mostly the arrogance, despite the fact that they’ve still got some PR to fix.
I wish someone at Microsoft would just eat some humble pie before speaking.
Lastly, to take a shot I feel is deserved, the man speaks about meaningless techno talk from Sony, but doesn’t wait too long to throw out the obligatory powa of the cloud! buzz.
That is all.