Nothing like a good bit of drama, eh? A good bit of banter with the NeoGAF boys, something to rile people up on an otherwise quiet Wednesday night. In a post on the aforementioned forum, Thomas Mahler, CEO of Moon Studios, jumps into the fray to spew the virtues of the upcoming Xbox Scorpio project. The developer, best known for Xbox One and PC title Ori and the Blind Forest, writes: "Microsoft will need to do a little work to make it clear to everyone that Scorpio isn't just a half-assed upgrade (which the PS4 Pro kinda is...), but a full blown next-gen machine that's just backwards-compatible to your current library." Hmmmm.
Mahler's statement is a bold one, but being the CEO of a development team that's worked closely with Microsoft before, we imagine that he must at least have some knowledge of Scorpio and its workings. That said, he's not going come out and say that the unseen console is basically just a beefier Xbox One, is he? After all, that's what recently leaked documents essentially describe it as.
In any case, calling the Pro half-assed seems a little off the mark to us. Microsoft will most likely market Scorpio as an all new generation for Xbox, but we have doubts that it'll be quite the jump forward that people are picturing. Meanwhile, Sony has always pushed the Pro as an optional product - a more powerful system for the hardcore, or perhaps a more future-proof purchase for those new to the PlayStation 4.
The bottom line is that Mahler's comments come across as being, well, a tad unprofessional. Obviously there's always room for a few quick jabs at the opposition, but to come out with this kind of thing on a forum? It's all a bit prickly isn't it?
What do you make of this drama? What do you think of Mahler's post? Raise an eyebrow in the comments section below.