DICE's Alan Kertz made a few comments recently that has Xbox One gamers grumbling under their breath. Over the course of a few tweets, Kertz states that the Xbox One simply isn't as powerful as the PlayStation 4.
One of the minds behind upcoming Star Wars Battlefront and the Battlefield series, Kertz took to twitter with his thoughts on the hardware race of the current generation. Put simply, he doesn't understand why anyone would beat around the bush when it comes to what these machines can and can't do.
No amount of consumer trust can change that it's just an inferior horse in the horsepower category. Xbone will always be behind the PS4 this generation because it isn't as powerful.
It's not too often you see a developer speaking so bluntly about these kinds of things, and the response Kertz has received for his opinions shows you exactly why. There were a few level-headed replies in the mix but, for the most part, you see comments from folks either cheering Kertz on for “sticking it to Xbox” or folks saying some pretty vile stuff since he had the audacity to attack their console of choice.
Sadly, sharing your thoughts on something as heated as the imaginary console war it typically a good way to earn a lot of negative backlash, even if you're being as straightforward as Kertz here. He didn't say the Xbox One was a wast of money or a crappy piece of hardware. But as someone who has, you know, actually worked on both consoles, he simply stated that he didn't understand why there's even an argument over stuff like this when one machine's innards are simply more powerful than the other.
More importantly, he goes on to remind everyone that horsepower isn't the only thing that matters, as a console's true value comes in the games. Pile up enough must-have titles and a console becomes a worthy investment no matter what its got running under the hood, according to Kertz.
The negative reactions might also be due to the fact that the Xbox One has taken a few hits in recent history. The PlayStation 4 dropped in price, making it an even more appealing package to folks who haven't jumped into the current generation just yet. And then there are those comments from Xbox boss Phil Spencer, who stated that Sony's lead with the PlayStation 4 may simply be too large to overcome during this current generation.
Again, Spencer stated what he considers to be a fact based on trends and actual figures. Looking at all that, he came to the conclusion that the Xbox One might not be able to catch up to the PS4 this generation and, of course, that received reactions from some pretty vocal members of the gaming community.
The way I see it, if you're enjoying the time you spend on whatever console you are currently playing, none of this stuff should make a bit of difference to you. Maybe more folks will come to terms with that in the next generation.