That PS4 Pro costs only 350 and is out this year is certainly a surprise. That Xbox Scorpio will be so much more powerful is equally so.
And Microsoft has not been shy in boasting about the comparisons.
As well as tweets from both the Xbox Twitter account and Aaron Greenberg, Microsoft’s Albert Penello has also told Polygon that the company is chuffed with how things have turned out.
"The performance delta will be obvious," he said of the two. "I feel pretty good about the decisions we’ve made.”
Of the Xbox One S and more general landscape he added: "I feel good about what we’ve done with the Xbox One S. 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."
Xbox Scorpio’s 6 teraflops of processing power not only stomps all over the PS4 Pro’s 4.2 teraflops, but Microsoft’s machine is the only one of the two to support 4K Blu-ray. How much more than extra tech will cost, however, still remains to be seen.
Penello, however, was able to commit to matching Sony’s move of patching in HDR support to all existing PS4s. HDR is currently limited to Xbox One S and not available on existing machines.
This was not ruled out either, it should be added, with Penello stating: "Until I know more about how they’re doing it, I can’t speak to whether or not we can offer something similar."
— Aaron Greenberg (@aarongreenberg) September 7, 2016
— Xbox (@Xbox) September 7, 2016