chris-littlechild - September 9, 2016
Â If you want to be a Sony or Microsoft bigwig, youâ€™ve got to be fluent in wang waving. I just barely scraped through university, got a passing grade in Self-Congratulatory Boasting, and that wasnâ€™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. Â
Why? Because youâ€™re in the middle of a goddamn war here, thatâ€™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 yesterdayâ€™s Sony event, they finally showed off that more powerful PS4 model that gamers have been referring to as â€˜Neo.â€™ Itâ€™s officially named the PS4 Pro. Which is all spangly and new and all, but itâ€™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 motherfreakinâ€™ sumo wrestler.
Albert Penello, senior director of product planning and management at Xbox, told IGN:
'â€œI believe that the difference between what weâ€™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 weâ€™re going to have the most powerful box next year.â€
â€œI 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 weâ€™ve got a killer product that beats their PS4 Slim on the low end,â€ he said, adding, â€œI think that for people who care about the absolute maximum in performance, we said at E3 weâ€™re going to be launching the most powerful console ever made. That is still true.â€
â€œWe were very confident when we made the announcement,â€ he said. â€œIt was kind of a bold thing to say, given the rumors that were out there. And Iâ€™m more confident today that weâ€™re going to have the most powerful console ever made.â€'
So there it is. Xbox are sure talking the talk, but weâ€™ll reserve judgment on whether they can walk the walk until weâ€™ve had some darn good time with both systems after release. Hit the links for more on this.