Xbox One Exec States that it’s the Games that Matter not the Specs

In an interesting interview with OXM, Xbox product planning boss Albert Penello made an intriguing statement concerning the technical specs of the PS4 and how they related to the Xbox One.  For a console that is currently losing not only the PR war but the pre-sale war to its direct competitor, Penello argued that in the end the hardware doesn’t matter and all that should count in the minds of gamers is the actual game experience or in his words, “our games and experiences are going to be every bit as good as, if not better”  in reference to the PS4.

Penello defended his position when speaking to OXM, stating that gamers for the most part do not focus on a console’s specifications.  Instead he went further as to say that “The problem is that Sony decided to go out and publish a bunch of numbers, which are in some ways meaningless.”  He continued in saying that in no way did today’s battle between Microsoft and Sony reflect the console wars of the 1990s. Penello makes it clear that in his mindset the Xbox One is going to provide gamers with a superior experience and that any other debate just diverts attention from that fact.

“For me, I’d rather not even have the conversation, because it’s not going to matter,” Penello went on. “The box is going to be awesome. The games are going to be awesome. I heard this exact same argument last generation and it’s a pointless argument, because people are debating things which they don’t know about. They’re not [head silicon engineer] Nick Baker or [corporate vice president of IEB hardware Todd Holmdahl], and I’m not [lead PS4 architect] Mark Cerny, so why are we having this discussion?”

Penello continues in the interview making a case for the Xbox One by saying that the benefits of an Xbox One will drive its sales and that once players sit down with their consoles and really look at its offerings they’ll realize that they made the right choice.

I understand that Albert Penello felt the need to make these statements in his interview.  However, I feel as though it doesn’t quite address why gamers feel negatively towards the Xbox One.  It’s not the specifications that is hurting the console. Instead the entire problem can be traced back to the negative publicity that Microsoft has generated over the past two months beginning during the May Xbox One reveal press conference. Leviathyn discussed extensively the current controversy concluding that unfortunately for what is more than likely a great console all the bad press from the always-online reveal to the DRM issue has placed the Xbox One in the position that its currently in.  There is no doubt in my mind that given a little more time the Xbox One will be viable but right now, Microsoft is just going to have to take the heat.

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