Saturday, August 30, 2014
“Play Games, Not The Resolution,” Says Microsoft

“Play Games, Not The Resolution,” Says Microsoft

PS4 is wiping the floor against Xbox One in the specs department, and the multiplatform games are making sure that it’s universally known, with top titles like Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts running at a much higher resolution on PS4 than Xbox One. But Microsoft Studios VP Phil Spencer can’t see the big deal with games resolution, telling Shack News that gamers should “Play games and note resolution”.

That’s what he told the site in a recent interview, adding that if gamers were overly concerned about graphics and resolution, they would be PC gamers.

Go look at the games. Go play the games and tell us what you think about what they look. Right now, gamers don’t have the games to go play. They can’t walk into their local store and play the games. So, it doesn’t really surprise me that they’re going to focus on the specs that they can. I don’t criticize anyone for doing that. In the end, we play the games, not the resolution.

But Spencer isn’t worrying himself with ‘resolutiongate’, holding the stance that once the games are out, it’ll be a non-issue.

In absence of me getting my own Xbox One or PS4 games, I’m going to focus on the meme of the day, which happens to be resolutiongate. But I think it’ll blow over as people get to play the games.

And about PS4 being more powerful than Xbox One, surely, Spencer should be concerned? No, he’s not. And that’s because he believes the Xbox One delivers are full package entertainment experience.

Power is a subjective term. We look at all of the capabilities we put in the box, our investment in cloud, Kinect, and all-in-one entertainment, and our investment in the operating system for fast task-switching. We think we’ve built a very powerful system. I don’t think there’s any one vector of power that you can focus on and say we win because this number is bigger than that number. It’s like a car. Is it horsepower? Is it torque? There’s a bunch of things that you look at to see what it’s capable of.

Our proposition with Xbox One starts with the games: we’ve got a great launch lineup of over 20 games. We’ve got some great franchises, great third-party relationships. And we’ve built a system that natively understands you and your entertainment. I think in the long run, our hope and bet is that power will play out and show people that everything they’ve learned about gaming on 360 can now augment everything they can do on their television.

You look at high-end PC games right now. If you were just looking at screen resolution and framerate, you’d be a PC gamer. Because you can spend $800 on a video card and put it in. I’ve built those rigs. I can play those games. And I understand that. But that doesn’t mean the best games are there. It doesn’t mean it’s the best all-in-one experience.

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  • rpatricky

    If the shoe were on the other foot……

  • volkerball85

    This might make me sound like an old codger, but I kind of miss the days when it really was the games that mattered. I don’t remember thinking too hard about resolution and processing power when I played my old Playstation 1, Sega Genesis, etc.