“Well on some levels I think there’s aspects of even Xbox One S that I’d compare to the PS4 Pro…”
The Xbox One X is a hell of a machine- it is extremely powerful, and as far as upgrades to existing hardware go, it is far more convincing than Sony’s take on the concept with the PS4 Pro. And that is a point that Dave McCarthy, the Xbox General Manager, drove home in an interview with Official Xbox Magazine UK (Issue 155, October 2017).
“Well on some levels I think there’s aspects of even Xbox One S that I’d compare [to the PS4 Pro] in terms of HDR gaming, 4K video streaming capabilities, 4K Blu-ray support,” he said, noting that he feels as though the Xbox One S is a better analog to the PS4 Pro than the Xbox One X is.
“There are only two consoles in the world that support 4K Blu-ray, and they’re both Xbox Ones – Xbox One S and Xbox One X. I make more of a comparison [with Xbox One X] to what the higher end PCs are doing right now,” he added.
“There is a big difference with 40% more processing power, in terms of ensuring that consistent frame rate, including that frame buffer that’s going to get you all those 4K textures, ensuring the spatial audio is going to be at a premium for you. So it really is that top-end experience.”
While I definitely do agree with his assertion that the Xbox One X is a far bigger upgrade than the PS4 Pro is, I also think that both comparisons that he has made- the Xbox One S with the PS4 Pro, and the Xbox One X with a higher end PC- might not necessarily be the best or more accurate ones. That said, there is little doubt that the Xbox One X is a powerful machine- now we just have to see it in action and hope that developers bother.