Various developers have already taken sides in the war between Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro and Microsoft’s upcoming Project Scorpio variant.
Thomas Mahler, CEO of Moon Studios and game director behind the beautiful tale of Ori and the Blind Forest, recently shared his views on the consoles. Responding in a thread on NeoGAF, Mahler stated that PlayStation 4 Pro is a “half-assed upgrade” for consumers. However, he was nothing short of praises for Project Scorpio which he labelled as “a full blown next-gen machine.”
He further added that Project Scorpio brings benefits unknown to PlayStation 4 Pro. The backwards compatibility is a major winning factor in this equation.
I guess since NeoGAF is confsued [sic], Microsoft will need to do a little work to make it clear to everyone that Scorpio isn’t just a half-assed upgrade (which the PS4 Pro kinda is…), but a full blown next-gen machine that’s just backwards-compatible to your current library.
It should be noted that Ori and the Blind Forest is exclusive to the Xbox family of consoles and PC.
In a way, Mahler is only reiterating what many other developers in the industry have stated. PlayStation 4 Pro launched last year as a mid-generation upgrade to the PlayStation 4. While there are certainly advantages of playing games on the more powerful console variant, such as improved resolutions and higher frame-rates, the difference in quality is hardly that great to force a purchase.
That being said, PlayStation 4 Pro is still the most powerful console available in the market right now. Many believe that the title will be taken away by Microsoft when Project Scorpio releases later this year.