‘Marginal Difference’ between Xbox One and PS4 according to Microsoft

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Microsoft Australia’s Vice President of retail sales and marketing has said that the difference in specifications between Xbox One and the PS4 is only marginal.

In an interview with gameplanet, Alan Bowman says that he believes the most important thing in the consoles is games, and Xbox One has a better lineup and more exclusive contents.

“We’re optimistic about this generation as well. We’ve got a unique value proposition, and from just a pure specs perspective it’s always gonna be fairly marginal difference. The purists are gonna argue the toss, but I think it comes down to the games. You’re gonna see great exclusive games on Xbox One, and when you look at the cross-platform games, and there’s gonna be exclusive content on Xbox One. We’d like to be in more markets – this is a global business – but it’s also a long-term business, and we’ll progressively launch in more markets over the coming year.”

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He was also quick to point out that support for Xbox 360 will not be dropped after the launch of Xbox One:

” There will be parallel development. We see that continuing to live on because 70 million consoles worldwide is a big base for developers to continue to produce for, and the box itself has plenty of headroom technically for creative development. So you’re going to continue to see good games coming for the 360. The Live platform will be consistent, but the game content will be different on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and if you want Forza 5 or Ryse, you’ll have to go to Xbox One.

……. Would the developers just do a 360 (exclusive) title? Look, some may because they’ve already got expertise and so it’s a lot less expensive to do.”

Things are certainly looking up Microsoft and the Xbox team. Reflecting on the success of Xbox 360, Alan said, 

“During the Xbox 360 generation, in most markets around the world as you aggregate it out we went to the number one brand in the category, and that was a huge achievement. We made incredible progress against an incumbent brand.”

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