Following Sony’s unveiling of the PlayStation 4 Pro yesterday, Microsoft is sticking to its E3 claim from earlier this year that the Xbox One Scorpio will be “the most powerful console ever built.”
Albert Penello, senior director of product management and planning at Xbox, told IGN that the difference between the Scorpio and the PS4 Pro in terms of performance will be “obvious.”
“I believe the difference between what we’re going to deliver with Scorpio from a performance perspective and PS4 Pro will be obvious to customers,” Penello said. “I believe we have the best value this holiday, and I think we’re going to have the most powerful box next year.”
“I think for $299 the Xbox One S with 4K Blu-Ray, with HDR, with the upgraded controller with Bluetooth, and the new design, I think we’ve got a killer product that beats their PS4 Slim on the low end,” he added. “I think that for people who care about the absolute maximum in performance, we said at E3 we’re going to be launching the most powerful console ever made. That is still true.”
“We were very confident when we made the announcement,” he said. “It was kind of a bold thing to say, given the rumors that were out there. And I’m more confident today that we’re going to have the most powerful console ever made.”
Penello also addressed the worry that consoles such as the Xbox Scorpio and PS4 Pro are too much like PCs, admitting that while the PC and console worlds are starting to become similar, they’re still ultimately separate experiences.
“More and more, developers are having to build content for multiple devices. Making that easier for developers means you get better quality games for customers,” he explained. “So I think it is part of our vision to make it easier for developers to make console and PC games. When you look at our specs for Scorpio at 6 teraflops, our goal was to deliver true 4K games, the same kind of quality you see on PC, available on Xbox. That was our design goal for Scorpio.”
“So yeah, I think you see some similarities there,” he continued. “I always want to be careful. I’m a console guy myself, and I want to respect that living room, console-like experience, and I want PC gamers to have that great upgradability, customizability experience that they’ve always had. So I think it’s important to respect both platforms while you go through this story.”
Xbox One’s Project Scorpio is expected to launch sometime in Holiday 2017, while Sony’s PS4 Pro will be out on November 10 this year, with a suggested retail price of $399 USD.