While we are still waiting to see what the PlayStation 5 even looks like, we at least have the specs for the next generation for both the PS5 and the Xbox Series X. Both systems boast incredible power and each has its unique strength to lend in the next generation of gaming. That being said, there's a little bit of shade detected when it comes to how Microsoft is feeling post-PS5 specs reveal.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently sat down with the team over at IGN for the Unlocked Podcast to talk about the next generation of gaming. “I felt really good about how Series X lines up,” said Spencer. “I think Mark and the team did some really good work on the audio processing that they talked about, their SSD technology is impressive, we like that. We saw the work that they did. But we took a holistic view on our platform from CPU to GPU to RAM to throughput, velocity architecture, latency, [backwards compatibility]. It took us years to get to this point … so I definitely have respect for any platform team that’s launching, because it takes a lot of work.”
So how does Microsoft feel about PS5's reveal? “I will say, when we finally saw the public disclosure, I felt even better about the choices that we made on our platform,” he mentioned. “And I kind of expected that I would. The hardware team that did Xbox One S and Xbox One X, I just have a lot of confidence in them. If I give them the time and the targets to go hit, I believe in their ability to create a great end-to-end program.”
They should be proud, especially Spencer himself. The Xbox brand took a huge hit in terms of public face under previous leadership with the Xbox 360 but ever since Spencer took over, Team Green has returned to where it belongs: with gamers. With more studio acquisitions than ever before to increase exclusive selection in addition to branching out into other genres and regions previously locked in with PlayStation, it'll be interesting to see what the next generation evolves into under the right banner.
To compare the Xbox Series X and PS5 specs yourself, check out our complete breakdown here.