PS5 and Xbox Scarlett should have similar hardware specifications and be both very powerful according to Jason Schreier, but Sony is ahead in communication.
PS5 and Xbox Scarlett should have very similar hardware features and both are very powerful, Jason Schreier, a well-known Kotaku journalist and usually quite knowledgeable, reported in the past few hours.
Apparently wearing the role of Captain Obvious, Schreier basically confirmed what is suspected for quite some time, but at least he may have silenced the rumors that they wanted an emerging power difference from the current state of devkits in favor of PS5 compared to Xbox Scarlett.
Both consoles would, therefore, be “VERY powerful”, written in capital letters in the journalist’s message, to highlight a hardware evolution that seems substantial, as well as being similar in terms of specifications.
There is, however, a fundamental difference that results in a gap of information between the two consoles: Microsoft is far behind in terms of communication, perhaps even with regards to developers, apparently. It seems therefore that Sony has this information advantage at the moment: PS5 is more known, at present than the Xbox Scarlett. However, as reported by Schreier himself, having still a year ahead of him, this current difference may not mean much once he arrives in the autumn.
Schreier also reported that Sony’s main strategy with PS5 is to be as accessible as possible, which would seem to emerge from the current insistence on the issue of the new SSD hard drive and the absence of waiting and loading times.
A few more next-gen tidbits:
– MS has been well behind Sony w/r/t communication, but that probably won't matter next fall
– Whispers suggest PS5 and XB2 have similar specs (and both sound VERY powerful)
– PS5 strategy is to be as accessible as possible (hence "no load times")
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) December 4, 2019