It doesn’t seem like Microsoft can catch a break with this PR nightmare they seem to be going through. Adding more fuel to the fire is the recent posting of photos that show Xbox One games at E3 were running on PCs with Windows 7 and Nvidia GTX 700-series graphics cards. It’s not unheard of to show console games running in a virtual machine on a more powerful PC, but what is interesting is that those machines weren’t using the Xbox One AMD GPUs that are more on par with a lower end 600-series GPU.
So, what’s the big deal? Well, the 700-series GPUs are monsters and state of the art, and it’s not totally clear if the VM the games were running on could take advantage of the full power of the GTX cards. One thing to note, is that if they were able to tap into more resources on the PC than the Xbox One will deliver, the graphics and performance we saw don’t mean much when it’s not actually running on the same hardware.
By contrast, PS4 games were apparently running on PS4 devkits according to tweets by Jonathan Blow (The Witness, Braid). Blow took a little criticism from the Twitterverse over his comments, as people defended Microsoft saying that PS4 games were also running on PC machines.
At the time of press, the debate continues on NeoGAF and Twitter, with plenty of discussion on which games and titles actually ran on devkits. We’re sure some of this is Xbox One trolling. We’ll be hearing a lot more about this issue over the weekend, and official statements from Microsoft are probably forthcoming.
One thing that can be summarized from this entire issue is this:
PC gaming rules.
As always, stay tuned.