At E3 this year, Microsoft claimed that Xbox One Scorpio will be “the most powerful console ever built,” and after Sony’s PS4 Pro reveal yesterday, they are holding on to that claim.
Xbox Senior Director of Product Management Albert Penello spoke with IGN after the PlayStation Meeting with the PS4 Slim and Pro, and he’s very confident that they have the better products.
I 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 we’ve got a killer product that beats their PS4 Slim on the low end. I think that for people who care about the absolute maximum in performance, we said at E3 we’re going to be launching the most powerful console ever made. That is still true.
We were very confident when we made the announcement. It was kind of a bold thing to say, given the rumors that were out there. And I’m more confident today that we’re going to have the most powerful console ever made.
Penello did admit that Microsoft will not embrace HDR as much as Sony plans to. While Sony will make all of their PS4 systems HDR-compatible, only the Xbox One S and the upcoming Scorpio will support it. However, the Xbox One will share the same forward compatibility that the PS4 family will have with the upgraded 4K resolution as well.
As far as “forward compatibility,” if you go back and watch our launch video, this was one of the key things we stated in the video. We think about [Xbox One and Scorpio] as part of the same family. All of your existing Xbox One games and accessories will work. Your Xbox One games will look better on Scorpio. And I believe we will have a very good story for customers for both upgrading their content and how the cross-compatibility between the two products works. Every game that you’re buying this holiday for Xbox One and Xbox One S is going to work on Scorpio, no problem. Out of the box.
So many pros and cons to upgrading to a slimmer version of a console, going Pro, or waiting for the Scorpio. Have you decided which way you will go?