Shinji Mikami, the famed creator of the landmark Resident Evil franchise, has spoken out on his thoughts on Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4.
Shinji Mikami is one of the most well-known names in the industry; his name is synonymous with the iconic brand of bizarre horror that’s been scaring gamers for more than a decade.
Now that Mikami is returning to the scene to conjure up even more terror with his next-gen release The Evil Within, he’s become intimately acquainted with both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4.
Many developers have praised either console on their individual merits, and the gaming sphere has locked horns for the better part of a year now on integral elements like specs, frame rates and native resolutions.
We’ve seen Indie devs like Witch Beam claim the PS4 is the “most powerful console in the world” thanks to its GPU, whereas Respawn, the developers of Titanfall have praised the Xbox One’s dynamic cloud network–and the battle continues onward.
Shinji Mikami isn’t divided on the subject, though, and instead sees the innate similarities of Microsoft’s and Sony’s respective next-gen systems.
In a recent interview with Edge magazine on the topic of developing The Evil Within, Mikami revealed how he sees both consoles at a developmental standpoint:
“We only need one console. Why do I have to make two versions of a game? And when Xbox One was first announced it had lower specs than PS4, but now they’re almost identical.
“So either will do.”
Now that both consoles utilize a PC-like x86 architecture, the source-to-console transition will be much easier for all developers, including those at Mikami’s Tango studio.
While Mikami’s views aren’t so divided, the rift amongst the gaming community has widened even further in the last few months. Gamers have been contesting every aspect of the PS4 and Xbox One since specs and other aspects were revealed by Microsoft and Sony, and the great debate will only intensify further when both systems hit retail shelves.
However it is interesting to see a down to earth comparison of both systems rather than praise of one console or another, and it is refreshing to see Mikami weigh the Xbox One and PS4 on an equal level–at least in terms of development.
Mikami’s upcoming title aims to bring those classic, horror-infused nightmare scenarios that have earned his fame into the new age of gaming, and based on this trailer, the mastermind has hit the mark dead on. The Evil Within is coming to both current-gen and next-gen consoles sometime in 2014, and is to be published by Bethesda Softworks with Mikami’s own Tango studio taking up the developmental helm.
Via The Sixth Axis