Thursday, 1 Oct 2020

PS5 more expensive than Xbox Series X and cannot handle native 4K claims insider

A new rumour suggests that the Xbox Series X is both cheaper and more powerful than the PlayStation 5, which would create major problems for Sony.

Following the delay of Halo Infinite, it does seem as if Sony currently has the upper hand in the next gen marketing wars, but normally reliable Twitter insider AestheticGamer1 suggests that the Xbox Series X has two major advantages over the PlayStation 5.

They were responding to a tweet asking about previous rumours that Capcom is having trouble getting its RE Engine technology working well on PlayStation 5.

AestheticGamer1 said that although there wouldn’t be a problem, the PlayStation 5 ‘struggles’ with 4K games, unlike the Xbox Series X.

His use of the phrase ‘fake 4K’ presumably refers to checkerboard rendering, which is already commonplace and produces an effect almost indistinguishable from native 4K on most televisions.

Other insiders, including VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb, have made similar comments before and there’s a good argument to be made that native 4K is a waste of resources that could be better used on faster frame rates and other processes that make more difference to a game’s visuals and gameplay.

The more interesting part of AestheticGamer1’s statement is that the PlayStation 5 will be more expensive than the Xbox Series X, presumably because of its custom SSD, which will give Microsoft the chance to market their console as both cheaper and more powerful.

Those will be significant selling points and yet so far Microsoft has given no evidence of either, with no hint of a price for the Xbox Series X and no games that shows off any particularly exceptional graphics – in fact so far they’ve only demonstrated the opposite, with the now delayed Halo Infinite.

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