Microsoft: Sony claims more power every gen but in the end, games “on our system” looked the same or better

Yesterday, we reported that Microsoft Director of Product Planning Albert Penello mentioned that they want to offer a better digital experience on the Xbox One compared to Steam and iOS.

Over on NeoGAF where this same subject has been brought up, Penello himself posted on the forums to clear a few things up and one the issues he clarified upon was the PlayStation 4′s distinct graphical advantage over the Xbox One.

Penello claims “there’s no way” they’re giving up a 30% graphical advantage to the PS4, and even adds that it’s been “the same with every generation” with Sony “claiming more power” but in the end, their “games looked the same or better.”

Performance: I’m not dismissing raw performance. I’m stating – as I have stated from the beginning – that the performance delta between the two platforms is not as great as the raw numbers lead the average consumer to believe. There are things about our system architecture not fully understood, and there are things about theirs as well, that bring the two systems into balance.

People DO understand that Microsoft has some of the smartest graphics programmers IN THE WORLD. We CREATED DirectX, the standard API’s that everyone programs against. So while people laude Sony for their HW skills, do you really think we don’t know how to build a system optimized for maximizing graphics for programmers? Seriously? There is no way we’re giving up a 30%+ advantage to Sony. And ANYONE who has seen both systems running could say there are great looking games on both systems. If there was really huge performance difference – it would be obvious.

I get a ton of hate for saying this – but it’s been the same EVERY generation. Sony claims more power, they did it with Cell, they did it with Emotion Engine, and they are doing it again. And, in the end, games on our system looked the same or better.

I’m not saying they haven’t built a good system – I’m merely saying that anyone who wants to die on their sword over this 30%+ power advantage are going to be fighting an uphill battle over the next 10 years…

Do you agree with Penello? Has Sony been touting their graphical advancements without being able to back it up or is the Xbox One “Xboned” when it comes to graphical superiority when it comes to the PS4?