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PS4 vs Xbox One: console specs are “fairly marginal,” says Microsoft

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 11:26 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox One and PlayStation 4 specs only have a marginal difference, according to a Microsoft Australasia executive.

It comes from Gameplanet’s interview with Microsoft’s Australasian vice president of retail sales & marketing Alan Bowman.

While reflecting on the differences offered by Xbox One, Bowman explained, “We’ve got a unique value proposition, and from just a pure specs perspective it’s always gonna be a fairly marginal difference. The purists are gonna argue the toss, but I think it comes down to the games.”

He added, “You’re gonna see great exclusive games on Xbox One, and when you look at the cross-platform games, and there’s gonna be exclusive content on Xbox One. We’d like to be in more markets – this is a global business – but it’s also a long-term business, and we’ll progressively launch in more markets over the coming year.”

Bowman also commented on Xbox One in Japan, and he wasn’t as positive. Last year I interviewed a pair of Japanese indies on how the Xbox brand is perceived in Japan, and the feedback wasn’t good.

“That has been an ongoing challenge,” he concluded. “Being a local brand makes such a huge difference in Japan. Sony are so strong in Japan as its their home base, and they certainly get a lot of support from the customer as well as the ecosystem – the local third-party developers, who primarily publish for Sony.

“We had moments midway through the life of the 360 where we’d see a sales spike if we had Japanese developer content released. Japan is very [local] content-driven. Same applies for Korea, same applies to Taiwan. Most of north Asia is very content-driven.”

Do you think 2014 will be a big year for Xbox One? Let us know below.

Via OXM.

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35 Comments

  1. OmegaSlayer

    It’s fun that Microsoft executives didn’t preach this story in the PS3/360 gen.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Christopher Jack

    Bloody hate exclusive content, you get the impression that they simply cut it from the other platforms.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. monkeygourmet

    Sony killed it by getting a more powerful console to market at a decent price.

    (They have basically swapped places this gen compared to the PS3 / 360)

    I would have liked to see more power from both consoles though, but MS really let the side down in that respect.

    It seems like a ‘Frankensteins Monster’ of a console.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. mistermogul

    Xbox you lost me, sorry.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Goffee

    A unique value proposition is great, but not if most of it only works in the States…

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Fin

    “vice president of retail sales & marketing”

    Yup, this guy should know what he’s talking about re tech specs.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. mistermogul

    @5 – that’s exactly what I thought.

    You can tell MS are mostly concentrated on the US market and it shows in their decisions and hardware.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Joe Musashi

    If the difference in machines is marginal, why is that not reflected in the difference in their pricing? Specifically.

    JM

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Arnvidr

    @2 Agreed. From my standpoint in creates scorn, more than it drives buying decisions. Last generation it seemed like MS was more guilty of this, but it looks like it’s an even race at the moment. If you can’t pony up the cash to make a game exclusive, let everyone have the full game already. Publishers who take the cash for it are annoying me.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Dragon

    https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSRsJspPiYinDdwQKmkJi_sWm6vmm2nbFo06lFeWPFoefYP2I9CZQ

    #10 1 year ago
  11. diek.bauer

    Call of Duty: Ghosts, PS4 native 1080p, X1 native 720p… I rest my case.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. MrSec84

    The difference in hardware speaks for itself & that’s why MS have been so insecure about it.

    I don’t think they thought Sony would go the route they have.
    Which I guess is understandable given that they didn’t with PS2 or PS3, they made machines that were notoriously more difficult to program for than the competition, while PS3 was more powerful, but more complicated to develop on, as a result MS had the upper hand in most multiplats & that was with a 25% power lead on Sony’s side, so 1st party games showed the difference.

    Now Sony’s got about a 50%, maybe higher difference, when you take both the GPU & RAM difference into the equation & it’s easy for developer to use that difference.
    With sales going in Sony’s favor, without Sony even launching in Japan yet MS is only going to get more insecure as time goes on.

    Of course Xbox One will sell well, but it won’t be the market leader, obviously MS has failed to achieve that for 2 generations now, Sony’s had it with PS1 & 2, Nintendo had it with Nes, Snes, Wii & 3DS, Sony’s got a platform that will take them back to the days of PS1 & 2.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Gheritt White

    “…it’s always gonna be a fairly marginal difference”

    …if the specs have level parity with each other, but I think the cross-platform games released over Xmas conclusively proved that the PS4 outshines the XB1 in an obviously noticeable way.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. schrodinger_cat

    oh no…briliant PR from Microsoft returns
    Why they feel obligated to say such dumb statements — beyond my imagination
    Just say things as it is or sit quiet

    #14 1 year ago
  15. xxxGamesMasterxxx

    As a 360 gamer, I was hyped for Xbox One until they unveiled it at E3. I was so disappointed, Just got myself a PS4 and its awesome. I’m now a converted Sony fan.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. CycloneFox

    The console generation has only just begun and the games that really bring the hardware of each console shouldn’t be out, yet, but all XBox One games already have to run at 720 – 900p, while, except for Battlefield 4, running at 900p, all PS4 games run in 1080p. And this time, there is no PS3, with a complicated system architecture and no API, but two consoles, which are fairly similar to PCs.

    I think that is a very big difference at the start already. Last gen, because of the mentioned conditions, most multi platform games looked slightly worse on the PS3, but the resolution mostly remained the same and first party titles on the PS3 were even far ahead, but this time, the first few multi platform games have that much of a difference, already.

    I admint, because of the PS2 and 3, I’m a fan of Sony, see things like the lot of first-party studios, Remote-Play, PS Plus and Cross buy as a selling factor and hate Microsoft for all the mistakes with Windows, the Internet Explorer, GFWL, etc. So, I can’t be totally objective here. But as a PC gamer and core-gamer, I see the potential of the hardware and even the slightest differences in resolution and what that might bring with it in the future as the biggest selling factor of all.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. mistermogul

    Just the fact they feel they have to keep coming out defending xb1 with these comments makes it look like they feel inadequate with it…

    @15 – Same. MS just put me off the more they said and did over the whole of 2013. Sony did the opposite and impressed me. I have now also turned to the dark side and it feels good!

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Legendaryboss

    That console specs viewpoint would hold more merit but reality disagrees:
    A. If it wasn’t for the fact that the cheapest console is also the most powerful console and the weakest console is also the most expensive console.
    B. This was coming from a tech guy but no instead vice president of retail sales & marketing.

    But i will say this MS is making/publishing a lot more future AAA Xbox One games than Sony at this moment, of course this is subject to change for better or worse.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. mistermogul

    @18 “But i will say this MS is making/publishing a lot more future AAA Xbox One games than Sony at this moment”

    I agree but MS did the same at the beginning of the 360′s life. They went after solid content and exclusives but towards the end of the consoles life were a lot less focused on the core gamer with Kinect and a lack of quality exclusives, especially when compared to Sony.

    As the xbone is new I am worried they may be doing the same thing. Trying hard to get the core gamer on board then in a few years start tailing off into other entertainment, TV etc to try and attract other users. This will again be to the detriment of the core gamer.

    With Sony’s large 1st party developer base I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before they lift the lid on a lot of exclusives we know they are working on.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Legendaryboss

    @19
    I know but that is how things are right now, MS have the upper hand in this department until Sony fights back. This is why i’m certain this will be subject to change, its not like Sony studios have to work on anything else such as PS3 or a nearly two year old remote play handheld.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. RussellGorall

    Where the hell is Australasian?

    #21 1 year ago
  22. Fin

    @21

    Australia, NZ, Pacific islands.

    #22 1 year ago
  23. gigantor21

    MS really needs to stop engaging this debate.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. BlockheadBrown

    @23 – You’re right. Focus on the games.

    #24 1 year ago
  25. PunishMeHard73

    Ms has lost another Xbox supporter. I love my ps4 now.

    #25 1 year ago
  26. Ilovesony

    At this point anyone who bought a Sockbox One was either a stupid fanboy, mentally retarded, in denial, or couldnt get a PS4… My friend works at gamestop and he told me the main reason Sockbox One sold was because they had no more ps4s in stock… Microsoft really dropped the ball on this one.. and PS4 is clearly the winner… yes games are a very important factor but installer base, a lower price, and better system are all the key ingredients to the success of the PS4 and with japan release coming up soon… the gap will get bigger and bigger between these systems. Sony was on point this time.. and I predict this system will break the record set by the PS2. But of course some microsoft fanboy will probably try and rebute this knowing in his heart that his system is shitty.. cause “Thats how Xbox people are” – Stan Marsh

    #26 1 year ago
  27. Hcw87

    @26
    I hope to god Sony pays you. Otherwise that’s just sad, dude.

    #27 1 year ago
  28. Ilovesony

    @27 whats sad about my opinion….

    #28 1 year ago
  29. Ilovesony

    its sad that I know my stuff… or is it sad that I have stated facts…let me know exactly what part of that was sad? Im more then prepared to tear you alive…

    #29 1 year ago
  30. Hcw87

    ”At this point anyone who bought a Sockbox One was either a stupid fanboy”
    ^
    Posted by a dude calling himself ”ilovesony”. Look up hypocrite in a dictionary.

    #30 1 year ago
  31. Ilovesony

    Like I said… I knew some Stupid, retarded “Microsoft Fanboy” would comment on this… Bait and switch… look dude.. dont be mad at me cause your mommy bought you the wrong system… and just so you know I looked up Hypocrite in the dictionary… I also looked up Loser, asshole, jerkoff, Fuckboy, and just to be thorough I googled asswipe… and I must say.. You and your mom take some fucked up pictures…

    Your arms are to short to box… Move on..

    #31 1 year ago
  32. Joe Musashi

    The sexual tension here is palpable.

    JM

    #32 1 year ago
  33. Ilovesony

    @32 Not I… the name says it all…. @30 is the one with multiple personalities….going through an identity crisis…

    #33 1 year ago
  34. Ilovesony

    @32 ROFL!!!!

    #34 1 year ago
  35. Bomba Luigi

    Pretty much everybody forgett about that and the Internet stopped talking about that disadvantage of the Xbox One.

    Not sure why Microsoft had to bring it to the Table again.

    #35 1 year ago

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  • Deals with Gold: Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Bioshock Infinite, more

    Microsoft has announced its latest Deals with Gold discounts for Xbox Live Gold members. Franchises on sale include Far Cry, Call of Duty, along with individual titles Assassin’s Creed Unity and Bioshock Infinite. The full list is below. Bioshock Infinite discounts are available for both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members. Xbox One Far Cry […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has released, watch the launch trailer here

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can watch the launch trailer for it below. Boxed copies in Europe arrive from May 15, and in Australia/New Zealand on May 14. You can grab digital copies from the following online services: Steam, PlayStation Network, Xbox Store.

  • GOG’s online service GOG Galaxy is now in open beta

    GOG Galaxy, the DRM-free online gaming platform from the folks at GOG, has left Alpha and is now in open beta for all to try. As previously announced, the online service, similar to Steam, is option. Players do not need to play online as all games are stored by the service and can be played […]

  • DayZ-inspired Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ is out this week on Steam

    Goat Simulator players can download DayZ-inspired DLC this week called GoatZ. According to Coffee Stain Studios, GoatZ is “the only survival game on Steam that isn’t in Early Access.” Jokingly of course. The DLC features: Mandatory crafting system because everyone else is doing it. Zombies that bug out. There’s a pun here about actual living […]

  • No, Far Cry 4 is not currently free on PSN

    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection confirmed to be a clothing line

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront dev reveals planet Sullust

    Sullust, a planet that has not been previously shown, will be featured in one of Star Wars Battlefront’s maps. Star Wars Battlefront developer DICE revealed today that planet Sullust will be one of the game’s locations. The planet was mentioned in the films and other Star Wars works, but was only shown today. DICE posted […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: Tower vendor changes

    House of Wolves will change the inventory of some of Destiny’s vendors and add new roles to others. Here’s everything that has been announced so far. You know that House of Wolves will bring a new social space to the game in the form of The Reef. But did you also know that the good […]

  • Nintendo apologises for Amiibo shortages, will reissue some out-of-stock figures

    Nintendo released a statement today to apologise for fan’s frustrations in finding some Amiibo figures and promised to handle distribution better going forward. Nintendo has been criticised recently for its lack of communication when it comes to new Amiibo figures. Something which has lead fans to not know if certain figures are limited to some […]

  • Halo: MCC “a black eye for us,” Halo 5 won’t suffer the same fate, says franchise director

    The development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection was of an “outrageous complexity,” which was one of the reasons it suffered a horrible launch. None of that will happen with Halo 5: Guardians, according to Frank O’Connor. Frank O’Connor, Halo franchise development director opened up to Xbox Achievements about the difficult task of developing The […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: weapon Reforging explained

    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]