PS5 And Xbox Scarlett Are Doing The “Right Things,” Says Todd Howard

Bethesda Game Studios boss Todd Howard has discussed PS5 and Xbox Scarlett in a recent interview with IGN, where he tried and reassured people about the fact that both the platform owner are doing the “right things,” as they’ve “learned their lessons” in the past.

Howard said he has seen both the consoles and he doesn’t want to break any NDA, of course, but he did mention that things are going particularly well for Sony and Microsoft on their next consoles as they have no intention of “screwing up at the starting line.”

“One of the big benefits of my position is I get to see stuff really early. I was one of the first people ever to see the Switch; that was one of the best hardware demos I have ever seen. The things [Sony and Microsoft are] doing are, in my mind–no one is screwing up at the starting line which some people have done before,” he said.

Of course, Howard is referring to stuff like the PlayStation 3 presentation back in the days, when the console was revealed with a lot of fake trailers and a nonsense Cell architecture, and the Xbox One kick off when Microsoft pushed on things like the always online DRM and the used games policy.

“Everybody is focused on the right things, and in particular, it helps the kind of games that we make tremendously,” he added. “Everybody has learned their lessons in some good ways and some hard ways. And they are very very thoughtful about their audience and the developers. My view of it is it’s going to be awesome across the board. Not just the systems but the business models.”

That’s good to hear, as we approach Xbox Scarlett reveal at E3 2019 and PlayStation 5 has already shown some of its specs, with a proper reveal that should come around the end of the year and the first half of 2020.