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Comparing Xbox One and PS4 specs is meaningless: Xbox exec

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 30 Jun 2013 4:36 User comments (10)

Comparing Xbox One and PS4 specs is meaningless: Xbox exec Planning manager for Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Kinect, Albert Penello, has said that focusing on Xbox One and PS4 specs is meaningless to the next generation of gaming.
Instead, he believes consumers make their choice on gaming consoles based on the types of software content that is available on the systems over their lifetimes.

"The problem is that Sony decided to go out and publish a bunch of numbers, which are in some ways meaningless. Because this isn't like 1990, when it was 16-bit versus 32-bit," he told OXM.

"Here's what you care about, 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."

He said he would rather not even have a discussion on the differences in the under-the-hood specs of the Xbox One or PS4 because in the long run, it's not going to matter.

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10 user comments

130.6.2013 11:22

so focus on what you think is better because its easier

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 30 Jun 2013 @ 11:23

230.6.2013 11:23

Translation: "We can't match the PS4's specs, so we have this bushel of buzzwords that will hopefully make you forget all about that." If you believe this exec's BS, then why not add those very same features to the XBox 360? Why introduce the XBone at all?! Answer: Because the 360 simply does not have enough power to play the next generation of video games, that simple. Specs DO matter.

No, raw power isn't everything, but nor do I particularly care about "instant switching" or the cloud. Meh.

The XBone is the 1st console that costs more than an arguably equivalent (self-built) PC or a laptop. That's a serious mistake, in my opinion. If I can build an HTPC that not only plays media and games, but lets me install any damn thing I want at roughly the same price (and is easily and cheaply UPGRADEABLE in the future), what use is your console..? The answer is self-evident to me.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 30 Jun 2013 @ 11:24

330.6.2013 17:12

Now they just need to get rid of the Kinect 2 requirement.

430.6.2013 17:58

Specs are worthless if you don't have anything to push them,or compare them in action. I will most likely have both systems, but the only way to see the real difference is to take a multi-platform game and play it on both. my guess is it will be similar enough not to matter.

530.6.2013 21:42

Originally posted by dodger5:
Specs are worthless if you don't have anything to push them,or compare them in action. I will most likely have both systems, but the only way to see the real difference is to take a multi-platform game and play it on both. my guess is it will be similar enough not to matter.
That really will only be the case in the first couple years of these consoles lives. Once programmers start pushing the boundaries of these systems it will be clear that the extra power is noticeable.

61.7.2013 10:11

lets see here it isn't going to matter that bungie is producing a game for ps4 it isn't going to matter that oddworld is going back to the playstation with new and tasty and it doesn't matter the only games you have for the launch of the console are worthless titles that are basically third party junk.

so does it matter???

yes it does when your developers are jumping ship

75.7.2013 10:28

"Here's what you care about..."

Really?

And this is exactly why I have a PS, PS2, two PS3s, two PS Vitas, and will have the PS4. That would be because Sony doesn't try to tell me what I care about.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 05 Jul 2013 @ 10:29

85.7.2013 14:46

"Here's what you care about..."

This pissed me off right off the bat! Thought I was reading a political commentary from a damn politician. I read that line twice before reading the rest of the column.

That's why I hope the new console is a bust. Really, this explains the whole debacle at their coming out party.

I don't own either console, just following the news and events and debating rather or not to buy one and which one. But as time goes by and the more I hear and read stuff like this from an manufacturer.......anyway, this sways me over to PS4 for sure, no more wavering for me. When I decide to bite the bullet it Will Be PS4! But hey, he already knew that didn't he!

Newbie? Really? I've been a member since April 27, 2003. Damn.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 05 Jul 2013 @ 14:49

99.7.2013 15:51

Maybe specs wouldn't matter if your console cost the same as the competition, however yours is $100 more. I could buy a PS4 and a couple of games for the price of your box.

PS4 + 3 games or Xbox One + 1 game


Your argument just isn't valid.

109.7.2013 22:22

Originally posted by rocky38:
{snip}Newbie? Really? I've been a member since April 27, 2003. Damn.

It's by post count, not time as a member ^^ .

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