PS4 Pro Revealed; Xbox Aren’t Impressed

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chris-littlechild - September 9, 2016

  If you want to be a Sony or Microsoft bigwig, you’ve got to be fluent in wang waving. I just barely scraped through university, got a passing grade in Self-Congratulatory Boasting, and that wasn’t nearly enough. They laughed me out of the building when I applied for a job at Xbox HQ, the bunch of bastards. Only the very top percentile of wang-wavers need apply.  

Why? Because you’re in the middle of a goddamn war here, that’s why. PlayStation and Xbox are the Nintendo and Sega of the modern age, locked in an endless battle for our cash and approval. A constant stream of PR spiel has to be kept up.

At yesterday’s Sony event, they finally showed off that more powerful PS4 model that gamers have been referring to as ‘Neo.’ It’s officially named the PS4 Pro. Which is all spangly and new and all, but it’s missing a couple features that could make or break things for the tech-savvy. 4K Blu-Ray and that sort of deal. Microsoft saw this fact, natch, and, also natch, came down on it like a motherfreakin’ sumo wrestler.

Albert Penello, senior director of product planning and management at Xbox, told IGN:

'“I believe that the difference between what we’re going to deliver with Scorpio from a performance perspective and PS4 Pro will be obvious to customers. 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 said, adding, “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.”'

So there it is. Xbox are sure talking the talk, but we’ll reserve judgment on whether they can walk the walk until we’ve had some darn good time with both systems after release. Hit the links for more on this.

 

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