Microsoft wastes no time comparing its Xbox One S and Project Scorpio consoles to Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro, declaring the Xbox consoles as superior devices.
Sony and Microsoft's rivalry over which company can produce the leading console is as strong as ever, with both companies revealing their plans for a slimmer variant of their existing consoles alongside more powerful versions of their consoles. After today's PlayStation 4 Pro reveal, however, Microsoft was quick to point out Sony's shortcomings.
The slams came over Twitter from the official Microsoft Xbox account, as well as from the head of Xbox One marketing, Aaron Greenberg. Microsoft pointed out the one major flaw of the PS4 Pro in comparison to the Xbox One S and Project Scorpio: its lack of 4K Blu-Ray functionality. Some Sony fans were baffled to learn that while the advanced PS4 consoles will offer 4K functionality for gaming, it won't support playing 4K Blu-Rays, which the Xbox One S and future Project Scorpio both offer.
In addition, Aaron Greenberg noted that the Project Scorpio Xbox will be more powerful than the PlayStation 4 Pro. Microsoft previously boasted that the Project Scorpio will offer six teraflops worth of processing power, but the PlayStation 4 Pro only has 4.2 teraflops. Since both companies are trying to convince their current users and new customers that upgrading is worth their money, the lasting power and all-around use of the consoles is most likely important to potential buyers.
The Xbox One S has capabilities that the PlayStation 4 Pro lacks, and it's being offered for the exact same price as the PS4 Slim: $299. However, gamers interested in investing into a fresh console will be unlikely to switch sides from Microsoft to Sony or vice versa since players' current libraries of games will be playable on the next iteration of their chosen console. Microsoft may also struggle since the Project Scorpio is still over a year away from its release, but the PlayStation 4 Pro will release in time for this holiday season. These facts could further cement the likelihood that the PlayStation 4 will outsell the Xbox One in the years to come.
A console's power isn't the sole thing that moves units off shelves, but it's definitely important. Nintendo has struggled for years with the Wii and Wii U due in part to its limited technical capabilities in comparison to the last two generations of consoles from Sony and Microsoft. The PlayStation 4 Pro will probably do well considering that players are looking forward to major limited-exclusivity titles like the Final Fantasy VII Remake and Resident Evil 7, but the 4K Blu-Ray functionality of Microsoft's consoles could potentially tip the scales in Microsoft's favor in the long run.
The PlayStation 4 Pro is scheduled for release on November 10th. The Xbox Project Scorpio is set to release in the holiday season of 2017.