Console wars are thing among fans of games. I don’t really see a point because I believe it should be play what makes you happy for whatever reason. Hardware developers strive to be the best selling console manufacturers on the market but don’t ten to let things like mud slinging get into the mix. Microsoft however seems to be taking a more direct and vocal approach to take down Sony’s console sales lead.
Over the last month, Microsoft and Sony have announced and/or launched new consoles with additional features. Microsoft launched the new Xbox One S and back at E3 announced Project Scorpio, slated to be the most powerful console ever made. Sony recently announced the PS4 Slim and the PS4 Pro.
Once Sony revealed its hand at the PlayStation Meeting event in early September, Microsoft responded by issuing a note to press that highlighted some of the key differences between the new PS4s and the new Xbox One consoles. Chief among them – neither the PS4 Slim or the PS4 Pro play 4K Blu-ray discs. A Microsoft representative had this to say about 4K Blu-ray:
“Starting at £249, Xbox One S is the only console available today with built-in 4K Blu-ray – a value price compared to 4K Blu-ray players. It also offers 4K video streaming plus HDR for video and gaming.”
Microsoft has also projected their voice on Twitter earlier this month tweeting:
— Xbox (@Xbox) September 7, 2016
After Bethesda came out with a strongly-worded statement pointing the finger at Sony for the lack of mod support on the PS4 version of Fallout 4, Xbox took to social media again to stress that the Xbox One version of Fallout 4 does.
Mod support ✅
Backward Compatibility ✅
Fastest, most reliable gaming network ✅ https://t.co/XS7pwdZWHB
— Xbox UK (@xboxuk) September 9, 2016
In a more less direct way, ever since Sony has stated that PS4 Pro will have approximately 4.2 TFLOPS of power – Microsoft is constantly making sure 6 TFLOPS is mentioned every time Project Scorpio is mentioned.
It’s entertaining nonetheless to see Microsoft attacking Sony. The last couple months, Xbox One has convincingly outsold the PS4 and the trend doesn’t appear to be changing yet. The boost to Microsoft’s confidence, enough to openly call out Sony has to make you feel confident as well as a consumer that something good is coming. This type of competition is good for consumers because it causes both Sony and Microsoft to stay on top of their game and hopefully provide a better quality product.
The future seems to lead two separate ways for Sony and Microsoft. Microsoft appears to be focused on native 4k and Sony isn’t. Doesn’t make either better than the other though since 4K still isn’t widely adapted but is growing and becoming less expensive.
There is something we see that may derail the momentum Microsoft has built up though. The price of Project Scorpio. PS4 Pro has been announced as having a £349 price tag. With the power increase in Project Scorpio for native 4K that PS4 Pro doesn’t have, one could assume Scorpio may cost more. But how much more is acceptable by consumers? In an interview with Albert Penello, senior director of product management and planning at Xbox, he really dodged the questions on how much Scorpio will cost. You can see that part of the interview below:
Scorpio obviously will have a more powerful spec, but won’t PS4 Pro always be cheaper? Scorpio has a bigger processor, more RAM, potentially a 4K Blu-ray drive – that can’t be cheap. I get the sense it’s already being billed as a premium product. Won’t you run up against a tough comparison next year when Scorpio is more expensive than PS Pro?
Albert Penello: Well, we haven’t announced the price yet, so we’ll see.
Sure, but the expectation is PS4 Pro will be cheaper than Scorpio, right?
Albert Penello: It will be an interesting discussion next time we chat!
For the full interview you can read it here. We love the fact that Microsoft is gaining ground and that they are gaining even more confidence on becoming the leader in the console sales war but so far it is based on what may happen. There are still details to figure out and announce. We will see what happens.