It is also extremely easy to develop for.
Look, we don’t need people to tell us this, because the numbers speak for themselves. Sadly, fanboys will argue even facts staring them in the face, so here is yet another developer reiterating something we all already know- the Xbox One X is far, far more powerful than the PS4 Pro is.
“Yeah, it’s a pretty cool piece of kit,” VooFoo Studios told WCCFTech in a recent interview. “It’s substantially more powerful than the PS4 Pro, but the downside is that it comes with a price point to match. Whether that’ll put consumers off, we’ll have to wait and see, but this really is the most powerful games console on the planet. Microsoft are really throwing a lot more into the devkit itself too, really going that extra step to make development a breeze, which is great to see.
“We did have to drop a few minor things on PS4 Pro, such as some of the particle effect detail, and lower precision shading (which actually, is not really noticeable). We can go the other way on Xbox One X, adding extra detail. We already scale both ways for a range of hardware specs on PC, so it’s relatively straightforward for us to take that over to console too. As an added extra, we’re throwing in some anti-aliasing on Xbox One X at 4K. We had to drop this on PS4 Pro – we were happy to do that because with pixels so small, a bit of aliasing isn’t a problem. But when we can do it, it adds a whole extra layer to the crispness and clarity of the image. It’s still early days yet, so we are looking at other areas we may be able to ramp up too – we have some interesting options here, but I don’t want to promise anything specific just yet.”
Okay, so let’s get this very clear- the Xbox One X hardware is impressive, and is far beyond the PS4 Pro hardware. This is indisputable and inarguable, and if you actually contest the point, you need to learn about math and computers. That said, power alone means nothing. It doesn’t matter- unless there are exclusive games that actually manage to leverage the hardware and make for compelling purchase propositions, the hardware’s power and resources don’t count for anything.
So yes, Microsoft has the more powerful system. Don’t deny it, it just makes you look stupid. But also, Microsoft doesn’t have any compelling games to populate their new powerful system with- and I would argue that is a bigger problem to have than having a weaker system (just ask Nintendo with the Switch).