PlatinumGames Founder Says PS5 and Xbox Scarlett are “More of the Same” Compared to Previous Generations

PlatinumGames Founder Says PS5 and Xbox Scarlett are “More of the Same” Compared to Previous Generations

Platinum's Inaba sounds pretty unenthused about the internal structure of both the PS5 and Xbox Scarlett.

Now that Sony and Microsoft have each revealed the details of their next-generation platforms in the PS5 (name pending) and the Xbox Scarlett, some developers are starting to speak out with their own thoughts on what has been shown of the new hardware thus far. While many sound enthused about the prospect of working with these new machines, others sound a bit let down.

Speaking to VGC, PlatinumGames head Atsushi Inaba gave some of his own brief thoughts on the upcoming platforms and sounded a bit discouraged by them. While stating that the internal upgrades of both consoles will be great for consumers, the architecture behind each is largely based off of existing tech, meaning that neither machine is all that unique.

“But it’s more of the same, quite frankly, compared to previous generations. It’s nothing that’s disruptive or super innovative, if you ask me,” Inaba said. “Game hardware used to be about custom chips that you couldn’t do on PCs. Now you look at it and they’re just grabbing stuff that already exists.”

He continued on saying, “It’s hard to get excited about stuff that kind of already exists, but has been repurposed to a certain degree.”

Speaking more to what does excite him nowadays, Inaba said that he’s very interested in the cloud gaming realm and seems to find the technology in that area most fascinating. “That’s why for me, things like cloud platforms represent innovation and something very, very different – they’re platforms that excite me and where I feel there is a lot more innovation happening,” he said.

Inaba definitely has a point in what he’s saying and based off of the internals for the Xbox Scarlett and PS5, as both machines sound pretty similar. Both will be using internals from AMD and both have also emphasized the use SSDs to drastically cut down on loading times. Considering the Xbox One and PS4 were both pretty similar when they launched as well, it’s not a shock at all that their next-gen successors would also be fairly similar to one another.

Even if neither Microsoft or Sony are going outside of the box any longer when it comes to putting these new platforms together, at the very least, PS5 and Scarlett both sound quite powerful. It will be interesting to see what developers are able to do with these new machines as over the next year as we start to get our first glimpses of what games running on these platforms will look like.