PlayStation and Xbox have been long term rivals, competing both on price and power. And until now, the lead has been interchanged between generations. But neither side wants to be on the back foot when their next consoles drop over the next year or so – because being behind at launch is something you can’t really rectify later on. Something Microsoft are more than aware of, if their latest interview is to be taken at face value.
In fact, I’d go as far to say that the “opposition” are pretty confident they’ve got it right this time around. So take note, Sony. They sound like a real threat.
This confidence came out in an interview with The Verge, when Phil Spencer shared his team’s opinion on their plans for the next-generation of hardware. He commented that he believes they’re on an equal playing field with Sony this time around, and admitted that wasn’t the case a few years ago.
“We will not be out of position on power or price,” he said.
“So we’re going all in. We’re all-in on Project Scarlett and I want to compete, and I want to compete in the right ways which is why we’re focused on cross-play and backward compatibility.”
However, the PlayStation 3 wasn’t a success story for Sony, either. Which means they’ve both got something to prove as well as lose. It’ll be interesting to watch as this new chapter between the pair unfolds as technology takes another revolutionary step forward.
Are you hoping to return to a two-console market, where neither side has such a commanding lead on game quality? I can’t say I miss the wires, but I do miss the Xbox controller.
Source: The Verge