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PS4 Pro vs Xbox Scorpio: Microsoft weighs in on 4K console war

Speaking during an interview with Polygon, Microsoft’s Senior Director of Product Management & Planning, Albert Penello, highlighted the ‘obvious difference’ in power between the PlayStation 4 Pro and the Xbox Scorpio.

"I feel pretty good about the decisions we’ve made," said Penello. "I feel good about what we’ve done with the Xbox One S," Penello said. "Both we and Sony are investing in 4K as the future of the console space, and we have a history of adding features to our hardware."

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PS4 Pro vs Xbox Scorpio: Who will win?

Unlike the PS4 Pro, Microsoft’s upcoming mid-cycle system will likely support 4K Blu-ray, with Microsoft PR confirming that the company intends to deliver such playback for the Xbox Scorpio.

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One area where there is an obvious disparity between systems is in technical specifications, with PS4 Pro lacking the same horsepower as Microsoft’s console. "The performance delta will be obvious," said Penello. 

The executive did add, however, that PS4 Pro provides developers with a strong ‘road map’ for 4K gaming.

"We announced this year to give developers more time to familiarize themselves with the hardware," he said. "It’s interesting that we’ve arrived in a similar place," he continued. "The PlayStation 4 Pro gives developers a road map for 4K gaming."

Who wins in the PS4 Pro vs Xbox Scorpio race remains to be seen.

PS4 Pro release date & price confirmed, out this year!

PS4 Pro was announced yesterday during Sony’s PlayStation Meeting in New York City, where the console maker confirmed a November 10 release date and $399 price tag. As expected, the system—originally codenamed Neo—will offer increased visual fidelity and smoother frame rate for PS4 games. 

Sony also lifted the lid on the PS4 Slim during the event, announcing the console will ship to most territories by September 15, priced at £259/$299.