Earlier this month, Sony announced PS4 Pro and instantly its comparisons with Project Scorpio were made. The console was criticised lacking specs. However, Sony came out and cleared the air by saying that the console was not aimed to be a rival for Project Scorpio.
In fact, the company was going after the biggest gaming platform in the world, PC. According to Sony, it wants to stop moving to PC mid-gen for a better graphical experience.
We wanted to keep those people within our ecosystem by giving them the very best and very highest [performance quality]. So the net result of those thoughts was PlayStation 4 Pro—and, by and large, a graphical approach to game improvement.
However, Microsoft does not see things the way Sony does. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer stated that they do not see PC as competition.
Yeah, it’s like you’re in our design meetings in a way, as we’ve talked about this. I usually don’t do this, but for this one I will specifically talk about Sony. I think they’ve come out and said PC is their competition.
And I just don’t look at it that way. I know that some of our best Xbox customers also play games on the PC. I think for many gamers, there’s this artificial decision when a new game comes out – let’s use an example like Overwatch, because it’s an incredibly popular, great game from Blizzard and not one of ours.
Microsoft is using Windows 10 to unify Xbox and PC gaming which is part of the reason it does not see PC as competition. Sony, on the other hand, does not have this luxury and needed to come up with a way to counter PC.