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Shinji Mikami: PS4 & Xbox One Are "Almost Identical"

Jonathan Lester
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Shinji Mikami: PS4 & Xbox One Are "Almost Identical"

"There's No Real Difference Between Them"

The PS4 and Xbox One are currently locked in a bit of a pre-launch specs war, but to Resident Evil and The Evil Within creator Shinji Mikami, both consoles are basically the same. To develop for, at least.

Mikami discussed the rival machines in an interview with Edge Magazine [via TSA], suggesting that Microsoft's last-minute hardware upgrade has actually brought the consoles very close together in performance terms. “We only need one console," he said. Why do I have to make two versions of a game? And when Xbox One was first announced it had lower specs than PS4, but now they’re almost identical.

“So either will do.”

Both consoles are supposedly very similar in terms of architecture, and by the sounds of it, we hopefully won't see the wildly disparate multiplatform ports that have frequently released this generation (see also: Skyrim, Bayonetta). Though the PS4 definitely flaunts superior specifications on paper, and Microsoft continually makes vague promises about 'cloud power,' what ultimately matters is how much power developers can conveniently access and translate into bigger, prettier and more dynamic games.

We'll find out soon enough, and over what promises to be another long console cycle.

Add a comment9 comments
gmdlogan  Oct. 23, 2013 at 19:43

Here, have some of my $$$$.

All my love,

Last edited by gmdlogan, Oct. 23, 2013 at 19:45
Anarchist  Oct. 23, 2013 at 22:09


All my love,
Butthurt Sony Fanboy

Late  Oct. 24, 2013 at 09:07

My console's better than both!

All my love,
Satoru Iwata.

uso  Oct. 24, 2013 at 09:37

if you think a 6% in clock speed can make up for 50% compute unit you are crazy.

chieftex  Oct. 24, 2013 at 10:23

Wait wait wait...

Are you saying that this new generation of consoles will run in a similar fashion, have similar features, run the same games as each other, cost in the same region as each other and that multiplatform games will perform similarly when it comes to graphics?

This has never happened before...

JonLester  Oct. 24, 2013 at 10:36

@chieftex: Stop the presses! ;)


My console is more identical than yours! No, mine's more identical!

All my love,
All teh fanboiz.

Late  Oct. 24, 2013 at 10:38

That sort of thing could really polarise people. We may end up with a scenario where some people are exponents of one console, while others are fanatical about the other!
I don't like to speculate about the future, but that may result in the two camps getting into silly arguments. I'll call the members of those two sides "fanpeople".

You heard it here first.

I'm copyrighting that term, btw. You'll either need to pay me money each time you use the word "fanpeople", or try to come up with an alternative. (Good luck with that!)

chieftex  Oct. 24, 2013 at 11:47

Dear Late,

Quit living in the past! (Did anyone spot the clever word play here)?

The new term for the modern kids is "fanboiz", as referred to by Jon, above you.

Late  Oct. 24, 2013 at 11:57

But that's sexist, and there's no such thing as sexism in gaming these days!

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