Microsoft responded Friday to an Edge Online article claiming that the PS4 has a significant power advantage over the Xbox One. While the company skipped direct specification comparisons between the two consoles, it did say that there's more than meets the eye for the next-gen Xbox.
"Ten years ago, you could argue that a console’s power was summed up in terms of a few of its specs, but Xbox One is designed as a powerful machine to deliver the best blockbuster games today and for the next decade," Microsoft told Kotaku in response to the Edge article.
"Xbox One architecture is much more complex than what any single figure can convey. It was designed with balanced performance in mind, and we think the games we continue to show running on near-final hardware demonstrate that performance. In the end, we’ll let the consoles and their games speak for themselves."
The Edge article included statements that the PS4 was 50 percent more powerful than the Xbox One and contained statements from anonymous developers who said the console's architecture a pain to work with and that Microsoft would use politics to "castrate" multi-platform games on the PS4 so that its console would not look worse in comparison. These juicy statements were quickly jumped on by multiple media outlets and quickly spread to become the biggest gaming story of the day.
This Examiner published an opinion piece prior to this statement's release arguing that Microsoft's attempt at debating hardware specs for the Xbox One and PS4 was a fruitless endeavor as both consoles are at best even. The console maker would be best served by focusing attention on games, services and features.
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