People forget (or don't know) that Sony sells motion capture and localization services for whoever wants to buy them.
Marketing deals aren't made directly between devs doing optimizations and platform holders, they are made between publishers and platform holders.
Stop spreading FUD.
You think publishers send emails saying:
"Urgent - To the devs optimizing the game for Xbox consoles: remember that we have a marketing deal with sony, so check with the devs doing the PlayStation optimization so your version doesn't run better than theirs!!"
So you're telling me a completely different set of devs are working on the xbox version? Is that true?
I'm not spreading fud at all, do you know how hard game dev is now? Are you telling me with 100 percent certainty that there is 0 percent chance that a studio who is trying to work on 6 or more versions of a game and who clearly know there's a marketing deal in place as its been set in stone for like 2 years or more, doesn't have business meetings as a company with all departments discussing progress on the project and is assigning resources to the project could not dedicate a few extra resources to one version?
You are not thinking straight if you think this isn't possible.
I work for a large company that's in gaming and deals with aignigicant businesses in the UK.
Now, we absolutely have all the best intentions and aim to offer the exact same service to all our customers but the reality is there is a larger player that invests more in the business and generates more revenue overall than others. we don't even need to have the conversation with them, where it is raised that they receive priority but internally...if crunch comes to crunch and a deadline is looming we will absolutely prioritise resources to ensure that the launch, or project will go as smoothly with that specific business, and while we never leave a business high and dry there maybe some smaller teething issues that we will iron out as soon as we can.
It's like people think there is some conspiracy, when there isn't. I truly believe the majority of people have the best intentions at heart but other factors get in the way...and the craziest of them all is time....time waits for no one.
It's like some of you can't even grasp what I'm trying to say and just shout crazy talk like "fud".
Imagine what the marketing budget is or this game, now look at what the market share of sales for this game are across PS5, PC and xbox is becuase of that marketing deal and the install base of ps5 vs xbox....and you honestly can't see why the ps5 version "MAY' have been given some extra resources? If you don't......then that speaks volumes.
But, please get back to me on the devs question on the xbox version...wqs it different devs working on that version?