It seems Microsoft isn't interested in comparing the Xbox One X with the PS4 Pro. They consider the Xbox to be in a totally different league. Instead drawing a comparison with what a high-end PC has to offer. Certainly a bold statement by the Xbox Operations Head Dave McCarthy and he wasn't afraid of making the remarks in the Official Xbox Magazine UK, October 2017 edition.
While comparing them, Dave said to Xbox Mag, “I make more of a comparison [with Xbox One X] to what the higher end PCs are doing right now. There is a big difference with 40% more processing power, in terms of ensuring that consistent frame rate, including that frame buffer that’s going to get you all those 4K textures, ensuring the spatial audio is going to be at a premium for you. So it really is that top-end experience.”
We cant help but feel that his remarks are the exact opposite of what the console community looks at when it buys new devices though. Over the last year, only 1 out of 4 purchases of the PlayStation was the PS4 Pro, meaning people are still content with the standard variant and aren't ready to shift, just because of performance. Console lovers prefer to read the games list rather than look at the specifications of what they are buying.
The actual selling point of a console is exclusives and most multiplayer console titles will again arrive on PCs through cross-play, which Microsoft itself introduced. In Microsoft's case, most exclusives are from their own studios such as Forza, Gears of War, Dead Rising and so on. There is a lack of third party developer games here exclusive to the Xbox One.
In regards to raw power, Xbox One X delivers around 6 TFLOPs of graphical compute power whereas the PS4 Pro delivers 4.12 TFLOPs. For reference the 6GB Nvidia GTX 1060 delivers 4.4 TFLOPS and the GTX 1070 comes in with 6.5 TFLOPS.
Anyway, it certainly trumps its actual PS4 competitor here but will that be enough to force Sony's fans to shift over to Xbox? Or more importantly, do PC gamers think this will effect PC game development and releases in anyway? Let us know what you folks think!