Xbox Exec Fires Back at Sony, Says Tech Specs are ‘Meaningless’

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Xbox executive Albert Penello fired back at Sony in an interview with the Official Xbox Magazine. Penello responded to a Sony exec who recently claimed the PS4?s graphics capabilities are superior to the Xbox One, saying technical numbers are ” in some ways meaningless” and consoles are about the games.

Here’s the text of the interview:

Asked whether he was cautious of comparisons with PS4 by our editor Jon Hicks, Penello pointed out that few players really buy consoles for the specs alone. “The problem is that Sony decided to go out and publish a bunch of numbers, which are in some ways meaningless,” he told us. “Because this isn’t like 1990, when it was 16-bit versus 32-bit.

“As a matter of fact,” he continued, “they actually go out and they talk about how proud they are about their off-the-shelf parts. Our guys’ll say, we touched every single component in the box and everything there is tweaked for optimum performance.”

“For me, I’d rather not even have the conversation, because it’s not going to matter,” Penello went on. “The box is going to be awesome. The games are going to be awesome. I heard this exact same argument last generation and it’s a pointless argument, because people are debating things which they don’t know about. They’re not [head silicon engineer] Nick Baker or [corporate vice president of IEB hardware Todd Holmdahl], and I’m not [lead PS4 architect] Mark Cerny, so why are we having this discussion?”

[Via: OXM]

  • Roaduardo

    “Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!”

    • deeboy17

      LOL.

  • kyle Jaleco

    nintendo vs sega anybody

    • Adrian Remus

      “Sega doea what Nintendon’t”
      :D

  • imzo

    So the specs dont matter huh? Then why didnt MS just stick with the same 360 hardware instead of upgrading, after all “Tech Specs are meaningless” right….?

    Sounds to me like MS know they are beaten in the hardware department so they are just pretending like it makes no difference, but the fact of the matter is, it does.

    Also i do not buy this ‘Power of The Cloud’ nonsense they keep talking about. Network latency is far too high for it to make up the difference in power between the 2 consoles and do what they are suggesting it can.

    • Lord Zilo

      Someone with some sense. Bravo.

    • Microsoftjunkie

      So tell me how Power Pc architecture can implement what these new consoles can do. As far as i know/read, that architecture is incompatible with x86/64 games and other software. So your point is meaningless.

      Ms proved that specs didny matter last gen. 360 had inferior specs but still provwd to be the better system, with more features. Again now?

      • imzo

        You are correct, but you misunderstood my point i think. I wasn’t suggesting that Ms SHOULD still use 360 hardware (power pc), not at all. I was just using it as an example to make a point – and that point being that of course the specs matter, otherwise (system architecture aside) Ms would not have used ‘upgraded’ hardware/specs for the new Xbox.

        And actualy specs DID matter last gen. But the reason that the Xbox 360 was more successful wasnt because the hardware ‘specs’ were that much more superior (on the contrary, PS3 was technically the more powerful system), it was because the Xbox 360 was MUCH easier to develop for. The reason PS3 didnt do as well initialy was better of its Cell processor, which had an architecture which was very difficult to develop for.

        But this time around it seems that Sony has learned thier lesson by creating a system which is techically now easier to deveop for the Xbox One. But not just because PS4 is that much more powerful (around 50% actually), but because Ms has decided to use fast eSRAM to try and make up some of the bandwidth limitations of DDR3 RAM, which makes it the more complicated of the 2 systems in terms of game development.

        • imzo

          ^^^Meant to say ‘THAN Xbox One’, not ‘the Xbox One’…. Typo, sorry.

  • Ben Martinson

    oh, an online based machine ! … no way that can go wrong … *can not connect*

    Look Microsoft, when my internet goes down I get stressed … when I can’t game due to possible disconnectivity I get pissed (you know the no 24hr. rule will come with a caveat)

  • Lord Zilo

    They are only “meaningless” because they are a competing console.

    Should the Xbox One had superior hardware, Mr Albert would have told us opposite. Clever marketing strategy there, but its not really “firing back”

    At least not compared to the firing Sony did at E3

  • hhvdblom

    Sometimes I wonder if Microsoft is having a good view on the real (commercial) world. I am a software developer myself and believe they are right about their view on how an XBox or WP8 phone should work.

    But…..they will have to ask themself the question, is this whats selling. Buying people dont know much about tech in Hardware like XBox or WP8.

    But what they know is they want more for less. Cheap prices, more CPU power, more screen, more pixels.

    That may not sound rational but it sells! Selling a PS4 without Kinect is commercial good. Selling without DRM is commercial good.

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