The PlayStation 4 Pro is just around the corner, releasing a full year ahead of Microsoft's Project Scorpio. This should have the head of Xbox worried, but such is not the case.
Phil Spencer, the head of the Xbox team, made it clear in a recent interview that he's not worried about Sony launching its PlayStation 4 Pro a year early. He believes the Xbox team needs to take time and build a console that can deliver true 4K gaming to players.
Spencer also acknowledged that the PlayStation 4 Pro will have a huge command of the market, but apparently, this is not an issue.
"I have no worries at all. We understand that the PlayStation 4 Pro has a firm grasp of the current game market but we want to spend more time understanding the market and the ins and outs of future technology in order to create a system with a true sense of 4K gaming," Spencer said in an interview with Play-Asia magazine.
Spencer was asked if he really believes Project Scorpio will be able to deliver true 4K gaming, and to that, he said yes. The gaming world will be holding him to those words a year from now. Furthermore, he also said he's certain Project Scorpio will be ready by the end of 2017.
Many folks might not realize this, but the Xbox One is available in Japan. However, unlike the Nintendo Wii U and the Sony PlayStation 4, the system has not preformed well in the market at all. This isn't surprising considering no Xbox console has ever performed well in the country.
Phil Spencer believes this is happening because Xbox lacks the games needed to draw the Japanese audience. He believes the console need games such as Persona 5 and Nioh to get things moving, and as such, the team has decided to work closely with some Japanese developers.
Considering Microsoft has done this in the past with the Xbox 360, we're not sure if it will work this time around. Furthermore, the Japanese gaming market is shifting to mobile.
Microsoft is focused right now on selling as much Xbox One S consoles as it can. For the third month running, the company has managed to sell more Xbox One devices than the PlayStation 4. However, this victory might be short-lived because the PlayStation 4 Pro will be going on sale in November.
The Sony system is designed to deliver 4K gaming upscaled. It also supports High Dynamic Range, but lacks a UHD Blu-ray player.