The console wars are not what they used to be. The heated debates at the lunch room table are somewhat futile, given that the consoles we are seeing now aren’t really doing much that the competitor isn’t already doing in their own way. Whether that be because Nintendo has somewhat dropped out of the wars, or because PC has become such a hug way to game is up for debate. However, there are still the occasional surprises that take the companies by surprise, like when Sony didn’t add 4K Blu-Ray support to PS4.
That’s what the lead of planning for Xbox, Albert Penello, said when they saw that Sony wouldn’t be doing that, given that Xbox is already doing that in the Xbox One S and Project Scorpio.
I don’t want to bait any sort of console war, I have a lot of respect for what Sony does, but analytically, I think they made some interesting decisions in their product that surprised me. The lack of a 4K disc player, given Sony’s media background, was a surprise. Looking at what they’ve done historically, I don’t think many people would have predicted that.
He said this in a recent interview with the Guardian, adding:
It’s interesting to me that [Sony] arrived at a very similar sort of strategy to Scorpio – we came to this bold idea independently of each other. Even though the tactics are different, the idea, fundamentally, is very similar.
So there’s a bit more insight into Project Scorpio.
He then commented on how he felt about the response to the Xbox One S, saying:
If you step away from the salty internet commentary, we had a group of people working on it for a couple of years, and I’m proud of it. When we did the original Xbox 360 Slim, we added a bunch of new features, we improved the quality of the design and I enjoy that process. With Xbox One S, we added a ton of value into the box while keeping the price the same, we really took a leadership position in 4K and HDR, and we made some bold technology decisions with Wi-Fi in the box and going to Bluetooth on the controllers.
The console wars, while become colder, will continue to go on until consoles either becomes PC’s, or PC’s just take over. Until then, we look forward to the innovation that they cause.