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The PlayStation 4 Pro and Project Scorpio are two names on gamers’ minds right now, especially among people looking to upgrade their current consoles to the next level.

While we still don’t know a lot about Project Scorpio, it might overtake the PS4 Pro. Microsoft has been quick to point out things their console is capable of that the PS4 Pro is not, such as playing 4K Blu-ray discs.

The Scorpio also appears to be a more powerful system, with 6 teraflops of power compared to the PS4 Pro’s 4.2 teraflops. In an interview with Eurogamer, Xbox planning head Albert Penello discussed the PS4 Pro.

(Note: although the interview references Project Scorpio as having 384 GB/s memory bandwidth, he later clarified on Twitter that he misspoke. It is 320 GB/s as originally announced.)

According to Penello, they don’t mean to be aggressive about this. They want to point out the advantages of the Xbox One, but without “head-on jabs.” On the other hand, he doesn’t believe 4.2 teraflops is capable of handling “true 4K.”

When it comes to Project Scorpio, Penello couldn’t give specific answers about its 4K Blu-ray support. He said “you could assume” it will play 4K Blu-ray discs, since current Xbox One models already do, but couldn’t say any more than that. He also mentioned that because they believe 4K is an important upgrade, they wanted to make sure they “had streaming, up-scaling and physical media as part of the 4K story for Xbox One S.”

He also couldn’t give any hints as to Project Scorpio’s price, not even to comment on whether or not the PS4 Pro will be cheaper.
It is interesting to see someone from Microsoft discuss not only their own upcoming console, but also the competition. He makes good points about how the decision to buy a PS4 Pro or Project Scorpio depends on many factors—price, power, release date, and so on.

As it stands now, are you planning to buy a PS4 Pro or Project Scorpio? What do you think about Penello’s statements?

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