Xbox One Director: PlayStation 4 Specs Somewhat "Meaningless," It's About the Games

When looking at the makeup of Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 (PS4) console, it's essentially a PC platform in console skins. Sony's quite proud of the hardware underneath the PS4's hood, which includes a custom AMD Jaguar 8-core x86 processor, 8GB of unified GDDR5 memory, 500GB hard disk drive (HDD), and a GPU that's roughly equivalent to an AMD Radeon 7870 GHz Edition graphics card. Now that's all well and dandy, but as far as Microsoft's Albert Penello is concerned, it amounts to a bunch of chest thumping over nothing meaningful.

Penello is Microsoft's Senior Director of Product Management and Planning, so it goes without saying that he has a vested interest in the Xbox One being successful. In an interview with The Official Xbox Magazine, Penello had some interesting things to say about Sony's strategy of putting so much focus on the hardware.

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"The problem is that Sony decided to go out and publish a bunch of numbers, which are in some way meaningless," Penello said. "Because this isn't like 1990, when ti was 16-bit versus 32-bit. As a matter of fact, they actually go out and they talk about how proud they are about their off-the-shelf parts. our guys will say, 'We touched every single component in the box and everything there is tweaked for optimum performance.'"

Penello says he'd be content to not even discuss hardware, because in the end, it's a "pointless argument" since the average Joe doesn't truly grasp the underlying architecture anyway. Instead, it's all about the games.

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"Do I want to talk about HDMI 1.3 or 1.4, it's like 'argh!' It doesn't matter," Penello says. "Did you see Call of Duty, it looks f**king awesome! It's going to be great, you know. So we're just saying, it's not worth the debate."

Penello brings up a fair point, and indeed, it's mostly about the games. However, there's two things he's overlooking. First, Microsoft and Sony are working hard to promote these consoles as more than just gaming machines, so in that respect, the specs certainly matter. And secondly, just because the average person might not understand the technical details of either console, there are plenty of gamers who do.
Tags:  Gaming, Xbox, ps4
RWilliams one year ago

This is the first console generation where something like this has been said by a vendor. These companies realize that they can't even remotely compete on graphics versus PCs now, so they're going the "it's about the games route". The new graphics of a console used to be one of the biggest selling-points.

DGose one year ago

*** microsoft

ChrisLittle one year ago

I bet he thinks theres no difference between a gtx 220 and a gtx 680 graphics card..."it's just numbers! Just give me call of duty!"

JuSnCharlesReback one year ago

Obvious statement. The games will deliver on both systems. Good exclusives for PS4 will come as well for Xbox One.

MattHempfling one year ago

That's kind of funny. The reasons behind the Skyrim problems on PS3 were hardware related, and 360 gamers bashed the hell out of PS3 for that.. because developers were having a 'hard' time coding for it and the hardware wasn't up to par... Now Sony comes out swinging with a beast, and MS says that stuff doesn't matter, it's about the games.. Which is what Sony has been about, the games.. Better hardware means a longer lasting, stronger platform that will play better games later on down the road..MS kills me.. "Get a 360 for traveling" haha...

ChuckRenninger one year ago

Microsoft of all corporations should know specs are important...

They're mainly a computer business to begin with...

Specs aren't important? So I can dig out my 100mhz Pentium 1 based computer from 1995 and run windows 8 on it without a hiccup?

If specs aren't important?

Then why even bother making a next gen Xbox? OHHH YEH?

That thing called money, forgot about that....

This is starting to sound like Nintendo and the Wii U...

(And that IS really pathetic.)

JuSnCharlesReback one year ago

Well when it comes to comparing the consoles, it is right. It comes down to games. These are not PC's where you drop in any game or download any game from each system. The developers have to make the games specifically for each platform. Yes, the PS4 is more powerful, but the games will be what matters.

MichaelDomingo one year ago

lol.. Thats why there are " system requirements " in every game mr xbox director.! Who hired u.?

AdamAlvarado one year ago

Is it about price? Sony still wins. Is it about being good to customers? Sony still wins. and on and on.

IvanOliveras one year ago

what happened to the Wii again? oh...

PreechaEamsaart one year ago

Nice try Microsoft, no matter what you do it won't affect Sony's success. RIP Microsoft.

AKnudson one year ago

Its interesting that microsoft chooses to design for the "Average Joe" Most of the people i know have some one, usually a computer or gaming enthusiast who they consult before deciding what console or system is better.

Also if you make a product for the most people you end up with a gigantic amount of boring and redundant products.

People want to be challenged to be pushed to see something new and have it change their perspective on what they want.

Its the ideas that go into a project that determines the output of the project and Microsoft has too often thrown in the idea that the consumer is an imbecile.

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