Hardware specs don’t matter because it’s not 1990

If you have been stuck in the brawl between the XBOX One and the Playstation 4 following E3, now Microsoft is trying to make the decision a little easier. In a recent interview by OXM with senior XBOX figures the team discussed the pros and cons to both consoles but Microsoft had a resounding opinion when it came to hardware and the capability of a platform. Urging gamers to not be baffled by the PS4’s big numbers and meaningless internals the senior figure felt strongly that Microsoft had the right direction in the future of gaming.


Albert Penello, XBOX Head of Planning, told OXM that Sony “displaying” its numbers on the PS4 was in fact “meaningless” to the argument, which is a better console? When we stripped down the consoles we can see that both follow the same basic design, the power and performance would not differ drastically in real life terms. However the PS4 did beat XBOX One in terms of RAM, both housing 8GB but the PS4 sporting GDDR5 unlike the XBOX’s GDDR3.

“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.”

Microsoft have pushed the entire XBOX experience with their latest console, XBOX One. During their announcement of the console senior executives reeled off lists of features and experiences that not only could XBOX One provided but also XBOX Live – and Microsoft seems to feel that the two brought together seamlessly will inevitably triumph.

“Our guys’ll say, we touched every single component in the box and everything there is tweaked for optimum performance. For me, I’d rather not even have the conversation, because it’s not going to matter.”

Microsoft’s XBOX 360 was said to have taken a dominant position in the last generation of  console battles, XBOX Live the obvious differentiator. But now as Sony pushes forward with its own improved Playstation Network and more focus on social connectivity the power may soon balance out. It can be said that the current fighting over ‘which console is better’ and the ‘console wars’ is tiring. Personal preference has a lot to play in the final decision and the content on each ecosystem. Games are what consoles are about and it is that experience that should matter, not how many cores or the type of RAM a console may have. But wherever there are differences their will be battles.