There has been quite a lot of discourse later on whether things like resolution and the raw power advantage the PS4 seems to have over the Xbox One really matter or not, and SCEA VP of Marketing Jon Koller chimed in during an interview on VentureBeat, explaining that it is relevant, especially to certain types of gamers.
Those kinds of things will matter, and matter quite a bit to certain types of people. When we look at the market, there’s a connoisseur of gaming – the kind of person who’s in line out there right now, who absolutely cares about that.
Because we’ve built the system to be the most technologically proficient, that’s going to be what a lot of people see when they look at the systems next to each other.
On the other hand Koller doesn’t think a week of headstart on the competition matters much, but what will actually count is the overall proposition:
I don’t think the week matters much. In the longer term it’s about the proposition. I don’t know if we’ve been at a point in gaming where there’s been a bigger difference between the two main competitors.
They’ve been very public with their strategy and we’ve been very public with the opportunity we see in standing for gamers and for games. That’s born of a device created by Mark Cerny, a gamer himself, and going to game developers to find out what would make the best gaming device ever made. The best graphics and the best overall experience. That’s most important to us.
I’d say those surely count as the proverbial “fighting words,” but we’ll have to see if Koller will be proven right on the long term, even if a million consoles sold in 24 hours are definitely a good start.