Mark Rubin “Not Allowed” to Discuss Whether the PS4 Is More Powerful
Call of Duty: Ghosts‘ executive producer Mark Rubin is not allowed to confirm that the PlayStation 4 is more powerful than the Xbox One — though his comments imply it to be true.
In an interview with Metro News, Rubin was pressed with questions about his thoughts on the power of the PS4 vs. the Xbox One. Unable to answer due to “diplomatic” reasons, he became awkwardly and uncomfortably evasive, turning to his PR rep for guidance.
When asked why the PlayStation 4 version of Ghosts looks better than the Xbox One version, Rubin confirmed that the only difference is the resolution — the PS4′s 1080p versus the Xbox One’s 720p. Metro then asked:
“So the obvious assumption from all this is that the PlayStation 4 is definitely more powerful than the Xbox One; is that true?”
Allegedly acting very embarrassed, Rubin replied, “I can’t answer that.”
Metro continued to press Rubin for a response, prompting him to reportedly become increasingly embarrassed as he floundered in his responses.
“I just can’t say anything…”
“It’s very hard for us to be…”
“I don’t know if that…”
“Yeah, there’s things that we… We sign NDAs with the first parties [i.e. Microsoft and Sony - GC] and there are things that we’re not allowed to talk about,” he finally admitted.
Metro then asked, “So when John Carmack and Shinji Mikami say the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are almost identical; is that something you could agree with?”
“Hmm… I would say that’s a bit inaccurate but I wouldn’t be able to tell you any detail of why that’s inaccurate,” Rubin replied. Upon further questioning, he pointed out that Battlefield 4 also runs at a lower resolution on the Xbox One, suggesting that other developers have been hitting the same wall.