Microsoft is on the offensive taking more shots at the PS4 Pro with Albert Penello. The executive spoke to Eurogamer in which he implied the PS4 Pro simply lacks the hardware to deliver the true 4K experience gamers are looking for...
" 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, which is interesting because when we thought about what spec we wanted for Scorpio, we were very clear we wanted developers to take their Xbox One engines and render them in native, true 4K. That was why we picked the number, that's why we have the memory bandwidth we have, that's why we have the teraflops we have, because it's what we heard from game developers was required to achieve native 4K."
"Now, similarly to what Sony said, that doesn't mean I'm going to require developers to do this. They're going to be able to decide to take that six teraflops of power and do what they think is best for their game. But I know that 4.2 teraflops is not enough to do true 4K. So, I feel like our product aspired a little bit higher, and we will have fewer asterisks around the 4K experiences we deliver on our box."
Here's my favorite part...when Penello asked if he was dancing around the accusation that Sony is being deceptive of their marketing of the PS4 Pro he responded "I'm not dancing around anything.
At this point, it's clear that Microsoft is going the "we're more powerful" route, but it makes me wonder just what that will mean in terms of price. 4.2 teraflops has a going rate of $400...what do we pay for 1.8 more?
It's worth noting that those 1.8 teraflops will still not allow for a 4K 60 FPS experience. What is interesting to note, however, is that Penello potentially hinted in the interview that Project Scorpio will actually be cheaper than the PS4 Pro...
"It will be an interesting discussion next time we chat!"
It would appear that for the moment, Scorpio can hold its head high as the stud for 4K console gaming, but are you convinced? Personally, I'm not about the 4K console upgrade and would rather wait until the true next gen to upgrade.