Marc Whitten: Xbox One's Launch Graphics "Just the Beginning;" Evades Question on Power Gap with PS4

Xbox Corporate Vice President Marc Whitten feels that the graphics of games like Forza Motorsport 5 and Ryse: Son of Rome are already amazing, but they’re just the beginning and the Xbox One will be able to show even more spectacular games in the future, as he told the BBC in an interview:

I think there’s a couple of things: First, you know, I think a lot of the games are amazing. When you look at the play of light through the Forza windshield, the incredible graphics of a game like Ryse, I think for sure these are things that are just inherently not possible on the current generation of consoles.

But it’s also just the beginning, and you know, as we’ve seen with 360, you start with this toolbox, people build amazing things on day one, and then as time goes on, they get better and better at using those tools, we provide more capabilities in the system, and you just see better and better content come from there.

To me this is the beginning of an amazing journey.

The interviewer didn’t really pull punches (something a lot more common between mainstream journalists nowadays), and didn’t hesitate to drill Whitten about the power gap between the Xbox One’s hardware and the PS4, but Whitten sidestepped the question:

You know, I’m just focused on building a great product, and getting it in front of people, I think when people get a chance to use it, they’re gonna be pretty excited.

I guess this kind of answer is still better than what we heard yesterday from Xbox France’s Marketing Manager, that denied the power gap outright and mentioned that the power of the cloud can make the Xbox One four times more powerful.

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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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