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NDAs Prevent Devs From Saying PS4 Is Stronger Than Xbox One

By William Usher 2013-11-07 13:55:29 discussion comments

So here comes the truth bomb that everyone has been waiting for. You've prepped for it and I'm sure you're salivating like Pavlov's dog over the reason as to why there's such a coy undertaking of investigation and outright denial of the power differences between the Xbox One and the PS4 – even though we were hit with tons of coverage of how Xbox 360 games performed better than PS3 games and how the tools provided by Microsoft, whether it was with XNA or additional DX support, gave the Xbox brand a clear cut advantage over Sony. Read on.
GC: So the obvious assumption from all this is that the PlayStation 4 is definitely more powerful than the Xbox One, is that true?

MR: [acting very embarrassed] I can’t answer that.

GC: You can’t answer it on a technical level or because you’re being diplomatic?

MR: Can’t answer that.

GC: You can’t say whether you’re avoiding the question for diplomatic reasons?

MR: [embarrassed] I just can’t say anything…

[Even the attending PR guy is looking embarrassed by this point]

PR guy: It’s very hard for us to be…

GC: Are the console manufacturers leaning on you to avoid these sort of questions?

MR: [unsure - speaking to PR guy] I don’t know if that…

MR: [even more embarrassed to us] Yeah, there’s things that we… We sign NDAs with the first parties [i.e. Microsoft and Sony - GC] and there are things that we’re not allowed to talk about.

Truth bomb... detonated.
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