As a result of a large-scale Xbox data leak, internal correspondence of Microsoft’s gaming division executives has become available. The correspondence reveals the team’s reaction to the PlayStation 5 in March 2020, when Sony’s console specifications became known. This is reported by The Verge, citing the unedited correspondence.
In one of the emails, former Xbox Platform and Hardware Engineering Manager Elizabeth Hamren compared the Xbox Series X and PS5 in a resume for the senior management team. This information in the email has been redacted so far.
“We expect that we’ll have 30% advantage on GPU performance and a 25% memory bandwidth advantage in terms of real-world performance,” she wrote.
Another redacted piece of correspondence concerns pricing. In it, Microsoft acknowledged that the PS5 may have a “long-term” price advantage in terms of expandable memory, as Sony has decided to use a standard M.2 NVMe SSD slot.
“In the long term, their approach may provide price advantage,” the company believed.
As a reminder, a major Xbox data breach has occurred as part of the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) case against Microsoft. The documents showed the company’s gaming intentions.