Gabe Newell, head honcho at Valve, has stated Xbox Series X is better than PlayStation 5, but then doesn’t explain why, just “cos it is”. Valve have not released a game on consoles since CounterStrike: Global Offensive on PlayStation 3 in the United States way back in 2012.
Gabe Newell: Xbox Series X is better than Playstation 5 pic.twitter.com/4BVuSnKuVN
— r/SeriesXbox Reddit (@RSeriesxbox) July 28, 2020
You may recall that Mr. Newell also suggested that Steam Machines were going to kill consoles.
“Our perception is that customers are always going to make the best choices for what they want. We can knock down the barriers that keep PC gaming out of the living room, and then customers can decide what they want.” he said in 2015.
“So when we started pushing on this problem [with Steam Machines], there were a lot of people who said: ‘nobody wants a PC in their living room’. And we’re like ‘okay, we need to break that down into tractable problems’.” he continued.
Steam Machines did not sell well and were effectively cancelled in 2018. Gabe also had a big rant about the PlayStation 3 in 2007 calling it “a waste of everybody’s time”.
Looking at the technical specs of the machines that the Xbox Series X is slightly more powerful, but the popularity of the Switch has shown that consumers don’t always go for the most powerful machine. PC owners usually buy the most powerful machine they can which may explain Gabe’s preference.
A while back PlayStation 5 architect Mark Cerny revealed the console would include a feature that allowed you instant access to certain parts of a game and it seems that WCR 9 director Alan Jarniou and product manager Sébastien Waxin have let the cat out of the bag.
They discussed their game with GameReactor Spain who reported the following (via Google Translate):
However, it is the improvements focused on the execution of the software that can end up changing the experience completely, as WRC 9 will implement fully asynchronous and optimized loading, using the new super-fast SSD memories so that the players get behind the wheel in no time, while the function of the PlayStation 5 Activities system will propose instant ‘deeplink’ links from the start menu to directly access races or parts of the game, with the intention of “keeping players hooked”.
This seems to the feature that Mark Cerny discussed with Wired a few months ago.
Multiplayer game servers will provide the console with the set of joinable activities in real time. Single-player games will provide information like what missions you could do and what rewards you might receive for completing them—and all of those choices will be visible in the UI. As a player you just jump right into whatever you like.
GameReactor Spain have since deleted the article but there’s a cached version still available.