The Xbox One Scorpio May Be More Powerful Than PS4 Pro- But It Doesn’t Matter, According To Michael Pachter

‘We’re at the point of diminishing returns.’

Posted By | On 30th, Mar. 2017 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


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Later this year, Microsoft is preparing to launch the Xbox Scorpio, which is going to be the most powerful console ever made, with a 6 TFLOPs GPU. The Scorpio is going to apparently be able to render its games in 4K natively- which is not something that any other console on the market can do, including the PS4 Pro. But according to Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter, that ultimately won’t matter- according to him, the Scorpio’s graphical differential will be negligible on screens and setups that most people own.

‘Power is not that important anymore,” Pachter said on his web show. ‘Yes you need greater power to do things, but we’re now at the point where graphics look like movies- look at Uncharted 4 or The Last of Us or Horizon: Zero Dawn– it’s cartoony and colorful, but it’s a very clear looking game. So no, I don’t think it matters. We can go from 1080p, which is 2 million pixels, to 4K, which is 8 million pixels on screen. And although that’s 6 million more pixels, and four times the graphics intensity- I defy you to tell the difference on your screen. Yes, if you low it up on a 100 inch TV screen, you’d know the difference. But most of us aren’t playing games on a 100 inch screen- I’d say most of us play on somewhere between 32 inch to 55 inch screens.’

According to Pachter, the problem is that we are now officially at the point of diminishing returns- so while the Scorpio is more powerful, functionally, that should be meaningless to most people.

‘Scorpio is going to be 4K,’ he said. ‘What does 4K mean? Four times as many pixels as 1080p. Yes, that requires a whole lot more processing power- but it isn’t that big of a deal. So PS4 Pro is HDR, I wish I knew what that meant. I am sure there are 1080p TVs that support HDR- my two year old TV does not. So I have a PS4 Pro, I can’t tell the difference, but I don’t care, I am future proofed. I will ultimately get a new TV. So the next gen consoles aren’t going to do that much more. So yes, it’s more powerful- but, and I’m not suggesting that you can’t tell the difference. But do you care at that point? The answer is, no you don’t. So I think it’s great, I think that for movie type playback it matters, and I think it might be more efficient if you wanted to play old content- but I think we are at the point where new cycles don’t matter. We are definitely at a point of diminishing returns. You won’t be able to tell the difference- I promise you you won’t. So, it’s a great thing to happen, but it doesn’t matter.’

I largely agree with him, actually- it is one of the reasons that I think that Nintendo’s strategy of lowballing specs may not be the worst one in the long run. But with that said, I do think that if Microsoft stopped mandating 4K or parity with the existing Xbox One, allowing developers to use the Scorpio’s powers in any way they like, then the console could be meaningfully differentiated and set apart from any other on the market- and find a meaningful use for its power, and niche for itself.


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  • KashIsKlay

    This dude is always wrong. Most likely the opposite will occur.

  • Joe The Hitman

    Dude you’re full of sh*t. As a PC gamer I can damn sure tell you power does mean a difference. Especially when it comes to frame rates and resolution. Frame rates are so important it changes the feel of the gameplay by improving it and reaction time mobility, its also visually noticeable. Especially if you play your games online where mobility is a key aspect of gameplay. Having higher frame rates and resolution is always a plus and noticeable. Any PC tech or gamer will tell you that.

    Just like it was noticeable when over thousands of articles and digital foundry articles posted the differences between PS4, and Xbox One 1080p vs 900p vs 720p games. So understand readers this filthy casual is just trying to change the narrative and downplay the importance of powerful hardware and graphical fidelity. Any PC guy or person with a brain would tell you this guy is speaking nonsense. Fanboys been trying to pull the (law of diminishing returns card) since 10 years ago. This article is bad journalism.

    • Evil_Annie_2015

      He will say what poeple want to hear or hate because it brings attention to his show. He predicted that the Xbox One would win this generation and look what happened.

      I agree with you about something people have been ignoring, and that’s frame rate. At some point, Developers will have to prioritize it because it adds to the better experience.

      As for DF, well it’s safe to assume that while their analysis are on point, their wording that accompanies the results are just Pro-Sony. You can see the lengths they go to promote the PS versions in the form of “more grass” or checkerboard being “95% of 4K”.

  • Shane Allen

    I don’t think I’ve ever read an article more irrelevant in my entire life. This is by the far the worse attempt at Microsoft bashing that I’ve ever seen. You contradict yourself multiple times in this article and I can’t even begin to bring myself to believe one bit of propaganda that has come out of your mouth, even if there is that small amount of fact in there because it is so covered up by stupidity that there is no real reason to even argue a point against you, or even bother reading this article.

  • James Krunchy Khaos

    …The pro can do native 4k. You may want to edit that.

  • berj79

    This Patcher guy is a clown, in 2013 he was sayin xbox1 is only 720-900p blah blah, now he is saying xbox scorpio power won’t matter? what a idiot, well xbox scorpio is going to be the console for multi plats for sure, can’t wait DF how they chance sides end of the year lol

  • stillwaitingforgreatness

    When resolution doesn’t matter. ♏ is on everyone’s lips. Damage control inbound.

  • Cross Dev

    ‘Power is not that important anymore…” What was this guy on when he was typing this up? Power is important. We do have beautiful textures and lighting, but frames is also something that still isn’t perfect on consoles due to the lack of CPU/GPU horsepower.

  • XbotMK1

    This is what I stated a while ago.

    It’s easier to see the difference between 720p, 900p and 1080p.

    It won’t be as easy to see the difference between “1800p checkerboarded to 4K” and “regular 4K”.

    The higher you go in resolution and framerate the more difficult it becomes to tell a difference.

  • Gamez Rule

    Xbone is lacking first party games as well as new IPs and In My Opinion that should be a concern for us Xbone owners that bought into the hardware to begin with. MS just seems more interested in bringing everything to PC nowadays than showing interest in their console gamers.

    Scorpio is more powerful than all PS4’s but power isn’t everything when gaming, it’s also about *games* & support with *full exclusive games* and MS is slacking in the department. We are now in April and in the first four months of 2017 we have seen no new IPs or exclusive games, and that’s worrying.

  • Anthony Riddle

    I honestly can’t see the difference between the “favor resolution” and the “favor performance” options on Horizon on my PS4 Pro on my 55″ 4k HDR TV. I can see changes being made shifting between the two while paused, but it’s all blurred out. By the time I unpause it and the scene comes back into focus I can’t tell that a single thing has changed. I don’t think there will be a noticeable difference between Scorpio and PS4 Pro’s graphics, unless you play the same game side by side, then maybe not even then. I also don’t think the average and mainstream gamers will really even care.


 

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