Regardless of how much Microsoft plays nice with competitors on the mobile front, the console wars are still going strong. Following the unveiling of the PS4 Pro, Sony’s latest console, Microsoft took aim at one glaring omission from the console – the ability to play 4K Blu-Ray discs. While the PS4 Pro does support 4K media, it’s limited to digital media only. Shortly after that was revealed, a snarky tweet went up on the official Xbox Twitter account.
— Xbox (@Xbox) September 7, 2016
Similar to the Xbox One S, the PS4 Pro’s main focus is 4K. Certain games will be rendered at actual 4K resolution, as opposed to the Xbox One S’ upscaling. This needs to be added into the game by the developers, though, so it isn’t a universal change. As mentioned above, it also supports digital 4K media – but not discs.
This puts it in an almost mirrored position to the Xbox One S (which we liked quite a bit), with its 4K focus being almost completely on media. The Pro also seems like it isn’t Sony’s answer to Project Scorpio, and Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg also made sure to mention that Scorpio would be superior to the Pro, stating that Microsoft’s goal is to make the most powerful console ever made.
— Aaron Greenberg (@aarongreenberg) September 7, 2016
Project Scorpio’s goal is to have 6 teraflops – the PS4 Pro only has 4.2. It’s interesting to see how the future of consoles pans out from here, both in terms of marketing wars and Scorpio’s final hardware.
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