‘About the quality of games’, not just spec, says Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg
“1080p, 60fps” is a phrase this console generation will hopefully not be remembered for, as fans of whichever chunk of technology they prefer to play games on use the numbers as pointy sticks to throw at each other on the Internet. Whether they do so in an attempt to produce a sense of self-satisfaction at owning the perceived best technological chunk, or perhaps as a means of validation for having spent what isn’t an inconsiderable amount of money on a device that’s still often viewed through stereotypes in wider society, the fact is that “1080p, 60fps” does seem to be the yard stick games and consoles are currently (unfortunately) often measured by.
If that apparently vaunted target isn’t one that particularly excites you, however, there’s good news: Microsoft seem keen to focus on the gameplay performance that’s best overall to ensure a good experience. Speaking to Gamespot, Microsoft’s marketing lead, Aaron Greenberg, responded to the question of technical differences between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and what developers are reporting back by saying:
“We’re seeing fantastic performance from developers on the hardware side. I think even some of the choices that we’re making from the first-party side with performance optimizations [Halo 5 locking at 60FPS] really deliver smooth, high-quality visual gameplay and experiences.
“Every year, more innovation is happening and people are unlocking more power from the box. For us, performance is definitely not the issue; what we’re seeing is games continue to look and play and get better, which I think is a good thing. It’s not just about the specs of the title, but also about the quality of the games. So we want to be the platform that has the best-quality games; that is what gamers are looking for when they’re deciding what console do they buy or when do they migrate to the Xbox One.
“I feel like we’re delivering the best quality games lineup that we ever have in the history of our business.”
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