The original article and tweets have been buried, but earlier today, Persian gaming site Vigiato published an interview with Crytek engineer Ali Salehi, who had quite a bit of positive things to say about the PlayStation 5. According to Salehi, PS5 is a way better console than Microsoft’s Xbox Series X for numerous reasons, which range from ease of programming to superior loading times. (ResetEra and Tom’s Guide has archived some of his insinuations.)
While the Xbox Series X is packing some serious hardware muscle, Salehi suggests that its performance won’t be fully realized due to missteps in its configuration. “Many factors must work together and each part feeds another and gives the result of one part to the other,” he explained. “If any of these factors [don’t] work fast enough then it causes in lower performance in another part.”
“A good example of this situation has happened before. With PS3, PS3 had much higher flops than 360 because of its SPU. But in practice because of its complications and memory bottleneck and other problems it never reached its peak of performance on paper.”
Salehi claims that the Xbox Series X has similar problems that stem from its memory configuration. The console utilizes two types of RAM that run at different speeds – 10 GB of “GPU optimal memory” (560 GB/s) and 6 GB of “standard memory” (336 GB/s) – which supposedly makes coding more difficult than it has to be.
“A good example about Xbox Series X hardware is its RAM. Microsoft has made the RAM two parts. The same mistake they made with Xbox One. One part of RAM has high bandwidth and the other is low. And definitely coding for this could be a little challenging,” Saleh said, concluding that “PS5 is much better and I don’t think you can find a programmer that could name one advantage that XSX has over PS5.”
The Crytek engineer has since requested that all his statements – which include the claim that the PS5 will have practically no loading times – be retracted. Twitter user @man4dead, who translated Salehi’s interview, tweeted that he “doesn’t confirm the content of the interview anymore due to personal reasons.”
I must say that Ali Salehi doesn’t confirm the content of the interview anymore due to personal reasons.— . (@man4dead) April 6, 2020