Xbox Just Threw Serious Shade On PlayStation
They say the PS4 Pro won't deliver on one of its major features.
Both the Sony PS4 Pro and Microsoft Xbox Project Scorpio have been announced as the next-gen 4K consoles of the near future, but it looks like one is more 4K than the other.
In an interview with Eurogamer, Xbox’s senior director of product management and planning, Albert Penello, said the PS4 Pro won’t be as good as the Xbox Scorpio when it comes to 4K.
Primarily we already know Sony has announced that the PS4 Pro won’t come with a Blu-ray player, which means no Ultra HD Blu-rays then. That said Microsoft hasn’t confirmed Scorpio will feature a drive either. But it’s the 4K rendering for gaming that’s the issue.
Penello claims that the 6 teraflops of power that Project Scorpio churns out will be able to render 4K in true quality whereas the 4.2 teraflops of the PS4 Pro will offer a less premium experience.
'What's a teraflop?' you may be thinking. US TOO. Apparently the more you have of them, the better your picture will look.
Penello says: “I think there are a lot of caveats they're giving customers right now around 4K. They're talking about checkerboard rendering and up-scaling and things like that. There are just a lot of asterisks in their marketing around 4K.” Whereas on Scorpio he says: “We were very clear we wanted developers to take their Xbox One engines and render them in native, true 4K”.
He goes on to comment directly on the PS4 Pro’s power limits: “I know that 4.2 teraflops is not enough to do true 4K”
So there you have it. BATTLE OF THE TERAFLOPS.
Of course this is Xbox commenting on PlayStation so tthey WOULD say that. Perhaps Sony will offer a console that renders graphics more efficiently - a bit like how Apple has lower specs than PC but can offer the same or better performance. We’ll have to wait until 2017 to find out. For now, let's just enjoy the word teraflop.
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