Xbox Series X is Better
As we get closer to the Holiday launch for both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, the debate over which console is more powerful, or at least the fan favorite, is heating up. We’re always constantly looking for innovators in the gaming industry to share their insight for the two platforms and today’s discussion comes from Gabe Newell himself, the leader and co-founder of Valve Corporation.
During a brief interview on New Zealand’s The Project, Gabe Newell shared his thoughts on being stuck in New Zealand as he and his family weathers the global coronavirus outbreak. The interview comes as part of a small press gamut as GabeN and his friends work to put together a concert in New Zealand as his way of thanking the community for their hospitality.
“Xbox Series X,” he said immediately. It’s better “because it is,” he added. Well then. The rivalry between platforms seems a bit antiquated now, with every console getting closer and closer to just being a PC and exclusives being increasingly rare. Maybe Newell is just a bit bored and wants to rekindle that rivalry.
Both next generation consoles will be achieving different methods to the fidelity and performance necessary to handle the future of console gaming and every developer has their own preference when it comes to the two platforms. With multiplatform titles having to be written for both XSX and PS5 hardware, the highest level of output may only be limited to first party developers that can truly utilize the full potential in each console’s power. For the PlayStation 5, it will be the speed of the custom SSD while for Xbox Series X, the raw power may give the Microsoft-powered console a competitive advantage.
“I don’t have a stake in that race,” he said. “Obviously we do most of our development on personal computers, but of the two I would definitely go with an Xbox.”
While Valve might not have a stake, it still has a relationship with both Sony and Microsoft. The latter has released plenty of console exclusives on Steam, and Sony is starting to follow suit, though it’s been a slow process. The Xbox Series X, both in terms the machine itself and the games we know about, is a bit more PC-adjacent, however, so if Newell was going to favour one, it makes sense that he’d pick Microsoft’s console.