Earlier this week, a rumor surfaced that suggested the upcoming PlayStation 5 was more powerful than Microsoft’s recently unveiled next-gen Xbox console, codenamed Project Scarlett. It was enough to generate a lot of buzz around E3, even if the power of a console rarely correlates to its success. Now, an additional source claims that they have heard similar rumblings about the power of the PS5 compared to the next Xbox.
According to former IGN editor Colin Moriarty, the PS5 is definitively more powerful than Project Scarlett. Moriarty made the claim on his podcast, Sacred Symbols, while talking about the prior rumor from Game Informer’s Andrew Reiner.
But unlike Reiner, Moriarty elaborated a little further by saying that this information comes from developers working with both consoles’ dev kits. Apparently, when working with both, the developers found the PS5 to be more powerful.
Of course, dev kits and final consoles are not the same so it’s possible that this information and power comparison could change. It’s also worth mentioning that Moriarty is known for having a stronger relationship with the PlayStation brand than the Xbox brand and so his anecdotal evidence comes largely from PlayStation-focused sources.
If nothing else, discussions of the power of these consoles means that we are in the early days of the console competition. Both Sony and Microsoft have only recently revealed their consoles, and in the case of Project Scarlett we only know a few basic details. During the Xbox E3 2019 Briefing, for example, the Microsoft devs and hardware team talked about Project Scarlett in terms of its big picture qualities but not its specs. Sony was a little more detailed in its official unveiling but still not willing to give concrete info that would hint at power.
Ultimately, there is still over a year until the PS5 and Project Scarlett are on the market and a lot can change until then. Whether you’re a fan of one company or the other or both, there is no reason to believe that power will make it or break a console. Price, availability of games, and social features typically determine which console is more appealing, and there is no reason to think that will change in this next generation.