Microsoft’s home and entertainment chief financial officer Bryan Lee is the latest executive to go on record on the subject of processing power, claiming the Xbox 360 outperforms Sony’s emerging PlayStation 3. The claims, made this week during the UBS Global Media Conference in New York, counter Sony’s assertion that it will next year launch the most powerful home console ever.
“If Sony does hit the specs which they've said they'll have, there's a debate,” said Lee. “There are a couple of categories where they outdo us, and there's several categories where we outdo them. On balance I think most people who study this space will tell you that our system is slightly more powerful than theirs, from a hardware standpoint.” Echoing Micosoft Chairman Bill Gates’ comments on the issue, Lee concluded, “But for the purposes of this discussion, I think it's fair to say they're both Ferraris."
As to whether this is hyperbole aimed at stealing any potential thunder SCE may unleash remains to be seen, though the development community, now in possession of the first wave of PlayStation SDKs, have made encouraging remarks about the raw grunt they have at their disposal.
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