Microsoft commenced the inevitable willy-waving match between itself and Sony last night.
Directly after the PlayStation Meeting the company sent a message out to press to remind everyone that Project Scorpio is a real thing, it has fast processor wotsits, and it can bibblybop more teraflops than the PS4 Pro.
In other words, ‘We’re here guys, stop looking at those other people over there. HELLOOOOOO!!!!’
The statement begins by preaching the virtues of the company ethos and the Xbox One S, released last month.
“At Xbox, our goal is to put gamers at the centre of everything we do,” it reads. “The new hardware available now and next year was designed with that in mind to give gamers a choice in how they play.
“Starting at £249, Xbox One S is the only console available today with built-in 4K Blu-ray – a value price compared to 4K Blu-ray players. It also offers 4K video streaming plus HDR for video and gaming.”
Hmm, do you think that Microsoft is trying to tell us something about 4K? We think they might.
he statement goes on to talk about Project Scorpio and engage in some very public muscle flexing.
“Launching holiday 2017, Project Scorpio is the next member of the Xbox One family and will be the most powerful console ever created with 6TFLOPS capable of delivering true 4K gaming.”
The PS4 Pro, by comparison, only features 4.2 terfalops of gaming muscle.
It continues that “all Xbox One games and accessories will be compatible with Project Scorpio, including over 100 exclusives like Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, ReCore, Dead Rising 4 and more, with the biggest games lineup ever coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 this year”.
The company also took to to Twitter to show the public, with super-useful-and-not-patronising ticks that the Slim, unlike the PS4 Pro, is a 4k Blu-ray player.
Given that Scorpio is over a year away from release, we can expect a lot more where this came from over the next 12 months.
Microsoft has been on the back foot since the launch of the Xbox One, which didn’t fare all that well in its match-up against the PS4, so it gladly will take any opportunity to twist the knife in the back of Sony’s latest hardware.
The PS4 Slim arrives on September 15, while the PS4 Pro will take a little longer to materialise, landing on November 10.