Penello: Real Differences Between PS4 and Xbox One Games are “Minor”

Xbox director of product planning Albert Penello has been on quite the defensive this past year as Microsoft headed towards the Xbox One release.  However, recent news about Xbox One games being lower resolutions and have a lower FPS than their PS4 counterparts.  Well Penello is back on the defensive case saying that the differences are, “pretty minor.”

Penello shot down the assertion that the Xbox One is underpowered compared to the PS4 during an interview with gamertagradio.  “”Look, I’ve had a lot of time to think about this and I believe in what I said. I believe that the differences [between the PS4 and Xbox One] is not that great.  And I know what is going behind the scenes and I have access to more information about some of this…than a lot of people. Sometimes I think people tend to neglect the points that are in my favor and they like to highlight the points that tell me that I am wrong. Right now, I still think Ryse is still the best looking game on any platform. Period. End of story.”

“I think if you look at the titles that we launched that were multiplatform titles, the bulk of them were the same [resolution and frame rate],” Penello said. “I think there were 12 titles released on both platforms [PS4 and Xbox One], and all but three of them had basically the same performance on both boxes. Everybody wants to focus on…there’s a frame rate thing going on with Tomb Raider, there is a resolution thing going on and OK, there’s a lot of reasons why that could be true but we are weeks in, we just shipped, it’s a long generation.”

“I think people who bought an Xbox One are going to be in for an awesome generation of games that are only going to get better,” he added. “And an awesome generation of experiences. I think these little things get way overblown versus like the quality of the games and the real differences in the two experiences which are pretty minor.”

Developers and players paint a different story.  Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghost and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag all ran at a higher resolution on PS4 than Xbox One and many would argue that Killzone: Shadow Fall looks better than Ryse.  As for FPS, Square Enix revealed that Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition runs at 60 FPS but would not comment on Xbox One.  It also looks like Thief will perform worse on Xbox One compared to PS4.

We’ll have to wait and see how this generation develops to see if Xbox One can close the gap we’re currently seeing in games.