Xbox head Phil Spencer said the Xbox One X is in a ‘different league’ to the PlayStation 4 Pro

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Microsoft Xbox head Phil Spencer
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Xbox chief Phil Spencer does not think of the PlayStation 4 Pro (PS4 Pro) as a direct competitor to the just-announced Xbox One X.

In an interview with Eurogamer (which we saw via The Verge), Spencer claimed that Microsoft’s new console is in “a different league” compared with Sony’s top-of-the-line gaming machine, because it is the only “true 4K console.”

If you compare the specifications of the two, the Xbox One X does have an edge over its rival. Spencer pointed out the 40% faster GPU as well as the Xbox One X’s bigger memory (12GB, as opposed to the PS4 Pro’s 8GB) as some of the main advantages Microsoft’s console has, but 4K gaming seems to be the biggest differentiator.

“When I think about techniques to somehow manufacture a 4K screen like what some other consoles try to do, this is different than that,” Spencer said. And, as a result, he sees the PS4 Pro as “more of a competitor to [Xbox One] S than I do to Xbox One X.”

When asked about how this difference will have an impact on multiplatform games and whether they will perform significantly better on Xbox One X, Spencer added: “The capability is in this box to make the difference extremely significant. I think about the consoles in the market today, whether it’s PS4, original Xbox One, S, Pro, it’s all kind of closer in spec. We’ve hit a performance spec with Xbox One X that should make those games the most definitive version of those games.”

Xbox One X will retail for $499 (£449 in the UK) this fall, which is $100 (£78) more expensive than the PS4 Pro. However – as my colleague Antonio Villas-Boas argued – hardcore fans may still find value in its hardware capabilities, and actually get a good deal that will hold up better in the longer term.