After a relatively quiet period with Sony and Microsoft congratulating each other with announcements and launches, Xbox’s Phil Spencer has told Eurogamer that he sees the PlayStation 4 Pro as a competitor to the Xbox One S, not the Xbox One X.
“If you just look at the specs of what this box is, it’s in a different league than any other console that’s out there,” said Phil. “When I think about techniques to somehow manufacture a 4K screen like what some other consoles try to do, this is different than that.”
He is of course absolutely right, the Xbox One X is more powerful that the PlayStation 4 Pro, but the Pro is certainly a step above the Xbox One S. Eurogamer also asked the big question, as Xbox One X is more powerful will developers bother to use the extra resources, or will they just keep the same specs used for the PlayStation 4 Pro. After all, creating a third version of a game will incur extra time and money.
“I will give you an honest answer”, says Phil. “Xbox One X is the most powerful console ever built, and this fall it will be the most powerful console in the market. There’s nothing technically that would keep any game a console game maker is building who wants to take advantage of the capability here from making Xbox One X the very best version of every one of those games.”
“I don’t know what deals get written,” he adds. “I’ve been pretty open about, I’m not a fan of doing deals that hold back specific pieces of content from other platforms. You don’t see that in the deals we’ve done with Assassin’s and Shadow. We’ll have a marketing deal on those, but I don’t say, hey, I need some kind of Strike or skin somebody else can’t play.”