If you hadn’t noticed, Microsoft’s marketing with Xbox One X revolves around techno babble that only a select few understand. In fact, even back when Project Scorpio was revealed last year, it’s been flaunting specifications, and it’s made damn sure you know that they’re stronger than the PlayStation 4 Pro. But in communicating the message that Sony’s supercharged system has a little less power than the new Xbox device, head honcho Phil Spencer is really starting to reach now.
“I look at [PS4] Pro as more of a competitor to [Xbox One] S than I do to Xbox One X,” he told The Verge. “This is a true 4K console. If you just look at the specs of what this box is, it's in a different league than any other console that's out there.”
While he’s absolutely right to play up the power of his new device, comparing the PS4 Pro to the Xbox One S is disingenuous to us. To put the facts out there: Sony’s mid-gen upgrade has almost four times the GPU grunt as Microsoft’s entry-level device, and is running games like WipEout Omega Collection in true native 4K while the Redmond manufacturer’s cheaper console regularly struggles with 1080p. This is a very strained comparison, and a little deceitful if we’re being frank.
We did actually wonder if this was a one-off blunder, a bit like Jim Ryan’s comments on backwards compatibility recently. But no – Spencer actually used the exact same comparison in an interview with Eurogamer.net, suggesting this is the corporate line.