Microsoft: PS4 and XBone Hardware Comparisons are “Meaningless”

Comparisons between the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One are inevitable, as would-be customers want to know which of the consoles offers them the best bang for their buck. Naturally, both companies are doing their best to push out their hardware as the superior console.

With both consoles going neck and neck against each other, Xbox product planning boss Albert Penello believes that comparisons Sony has made up to showcase its superiority are “meaningless.”

“The problem is that Sony decided to go out and publish a bunch of numbers, which are in some ways meaningless,” said Penello in a recent interview with OXM. “Because this isn’t like 1990, when it was 16-bit versus 32-bit.”

Microsoft has been through this scenario before, when the PlayStation 3 was touted as the technologically superior device to the Xbox 360.

“For me, I’d rather not even have the conversation, because it’s not going to matter,” Penello continued. “The box is going to be awesome. The games are going to be awesome. I heard this exact same argument last generation and it’s a pointless argument, because people are debating things which they don’t know about. They’re not [head silicon engineer] Nick Baker or [corporate vice president of IEB hardware Todd Holmdahl], and I’m not [lead PS4 architect] Mark Cerny, so why are we having this discussion?”

All of his sentiment means little when his cohorts at Microsoft have a tendency to brag about the ‘power of the Cloud’ when comparisons are made between the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4.

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10 Comments on Microsoft: PS4 and XBone Hardware Comparisons are “Meaningless”

Die At Coke

On June 29, 2013 at 8:52 am

This is essentially the same argument Microsoft have been using for years, especially since Gates stepped down – “you’re too stupid to know what’s good and what isn’t. We’ll tell you what’s good without explaining why, or why it’s superior to the competition, and if you don’t agree then it’s because you’re an uneducated outsider. Besides which, we don’t care what you think because we have a loyal set of die-hard customers that will buy it anyway, despite our provable contempt towards them.”

It’s getting old now, guys. Either tell us WHY your system is better than Sony’s or shut the hell up and just promote it at face value. Constantly telling us to just accept that everything you say and do is in our best interests isn’t working – ESPECIALLY after just a couple of weeks ago you completely reneged on several policies for the Xbox One due to the overwhelmingly negative reception you received from us ignorant, entitled, chicken little fans. Clearly our opinion carries a hell of a lot more weight than you think it does.

You’re an idiot if you buy another console from these scumbags.


On June 29, 2013 at 10:46 am

Just like someone else said over at IGN:

“IF the Xbox One was better or equal to the PS4 spec wise then this article would have not existed, nor would his comment.”


On June 29, 2013 at 12:45 pm

“This isn’t like 1990, when it was 16-bit versus 32-bit.”

I agree with that statement. Looking at both the X-box 360 and the PS3, more or less, the games play and look almost the identical. Microsoft exclusive games will be able to use the xbox’s hardware a bit better because of not having to port it, and same thing for Sony exclusive games. So an exclusive Xbox game may look superior to a game shard between the libraries, and same goes for Sony.

Just like last generation, Nintendo’s hardware is going to feel much behind and almost seem odd that it sells enough to continue, Sony and Microsoft are going to be bitter enemies and fans are going to argue which games look better on either console.

When it comes down to it, it really just depends on the experience you want to have outside of playing games. So far it seems if you want more of a “media center” then Xbox-one may be your choice, otherwise you may go for PS4.

Also, hardware isn’t EVERYTHING. Yes Microsoft seems against remembering how PS4 is more powerful but specs are just talk for both consoles.

Microsoft can (should) admit that the PS4 has better capabilities AFTER we’ve seen what it can do in person. And Sony can brag that PS4 is better than Xbox-one AFTER they’ve shown us.


On June 29, 2013 at 1:00 pm

First the lame DRM that they backtracked on, and now this. Microsoft seems to be making a habit out of insulting the intelligence of they’re potential customers. Last i checked that’s probably a bad business practice.

XBoner Limp

On June 29, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Sorry Mr. M$ but the bologna is starting to stink.

First off the tech wizzards at NeoGaf are more then able to quantify how performance wise the PS4 and XBone are going to compare and Sony’s winning the fat proverbial GladOS cake.

You’ve lost on the DRM and you’re loosing on the hardware side with of performance problems due to chip quality to the point you’re probably going to have to downclock the XBone to even get a suitable number produced.

Now spouting off stuff like this is like a guy who went all in and is asking “double or nothing” because they have nothing left to lose except a pile of stinking bologna.


On June 30, 2013 at 1:16 am

Quoting somebody I know who works at sony who heard this

“Eventually the ram difference is going to make a big difference. “


On June 30, 2013 at 6:07 am

Not even a discussion really, Penello obviously knows more about a console that he’s working on than some 45 year old 300 pound virgin playing Eve 15 hours a day. Xbox One is obviously the better console – the clue is in the price tag. It’s 25% more expensive than PS4, so it’s four times better than PS4. Basic maths. Not that it matters though anyway because nobody cares about specs, otherwise Nintendo wouldn’t keep selling units despite having consoles that are about 11 generations behind the competition.

OXM is a more trustworthy source of info than Gamefront as well, again the clue’s in the name. ‘Official Xbox Magazine’ vs ‘some douchewads crying because Shepard didn’t get made emporer at the end of’ I know whose word I’d be listening to lol.


On June 30, 2013 at 9:48 am

is that post from “lol” even worth a response to tell him how wrong he is? (rhetorical question)

if he truly believes all the nonsense he’s writing he’s probly one of the most (if not “the” most) pathetic person(s) on this world…


it is true, the jumps in technology aren’t as great as before and many ppl will be sucked in by exclusives.

given the last generation the xbox360 was released earlier at the expense of the customer (red ring of death)…

as before, time will tell who’ll come out of top in this generation and with the removal of the DRM the xbox might even have a chance again

Mr Flibble

On June 30, 2013 at 10:33 am

He’s right, we shouldn’t look at numbers, we should look at what we’ve actually seen of the two systems. XBone is so much better than PS4, it’s actually a PC gaming rig hiding in a cabinet.

You win this round, Microshaft.

Seriously though, telling people on the internet they shouldn’t debate things which they don’t know about is like telling the internet it shouldn’t exist. That’s what the internet does. Way to understand your audience, yet again.


On July 1, 2013 at 7:09 am

@Kakyo01 — Lol’s comment is so obviously just him having fun. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t believe that “if it costs more it must be better.” This is his way of expressing his opinion the entire topic is silly. I’m not sure why he bothered commenting at all, though.