Spencer: “I’ll line up against Sony’s first party any day”

Tuesday, 16th September 2008 11:22 GMT By Patrick Garratt

MGS boss Phil Spencer reckons Xbox 360′s line-up is more than a match for PS3′s.

“Let’s start from the beginning of both consoles – PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 – which first party has had more success on their own platform? We have Gears, Halo, Forza, we’re continuing to push existing IP while bringing new IP to market. I’ll line up against Sony’s first party any day,” he told GI.

The exec also claimed he was happy to be matched to Sony’s first-party efforts this generation by any metric.

“We talk about games when we know what they are, when we can guarantee the quality to the customers, and we’ll say when they’re going to come out – I think the customers want that. But lining us up against Sony first party – I love that comparison,” he added. “Review score average, exclusive hits to-date, you pick the metric and we can talk about it.”

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  1. Blerk

    Fightin’ talk!

    Tell us what’s out next year instead of smack-talking, you braggard.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. patlike

    He just won’t, Blerk. Not until he can guarantee the quality to the customers.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Blerk

    Is this the point where someone mentions Too Human? :-D

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Psychotext

    Number of Too Human games released on the 360: 1
    Number of Too Human games released on the PS3: 0

    I’m not sure Too Human counts as a metric. :D

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Balbarian

    Or the fact that you’ll have to pay for the TF2 update on Live when PC owners get it free. Although I suppose there’s one solution to that…buy a PC!

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Blerk

    It might be cheaper just to buy the update.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Robo_1

    I miss Peter Moore. He managed to say stuff like this without sounding like a 13 year old internet troll.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Psychotext

    Peter Moore was a god amongst men.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Quiiick

    Since when is “Gears of War” a first party title?
    Does Microsoft own the IP? Not Epic?

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Blerk

    Yes, Microsoft owns the IP.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Psychotext

    I’ve got a habit of being wrong lately… do I don’t really want to disagree with Blerk, but I don’t think it is.

    I think they have exclusive rights to publish the Gears of War games but Epic retains the IP.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. Blerk

    I have no proof, other than a half-remembered article somewhere at some point which I may have dreamed. So you could be right.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. patlike

    I’m 99% sure it’s an Epic IP.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Psychotext

    Pat agrees with me… I’m guaranteed to be wrong now. ;)

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Blerk

    Let’s ask Pachter, just to be sure.

    #15 6 years ago
  16. patlike

    The cheek of it!

    #16 6 years ago
  17. Psychotext

    Well, Pachter, Pat and Psychotext all agreeing at once is like the unholy trinity (PPP). Put all your money on the complete opposite being true!


    #17 6 years ago
  18. patlike

    Heh. A “triple-P prediction”. That’s in the canon now.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. Psychotext


    #19 6 years ago
  20. No_PUDding

    Glad that I pu No in front of my name, and my answers follow suit.

    I am guessing it’s a matter of odd or even. One P will be wrong, 2 P’s will be right,, 3 P’s would be wrong, but luckily Pachter isn’t here.

    And both Psychotext and patlike are right as far as I know.

    And this guy is right about the success, Sony just don’t put as much marketing force behind their games. Especially in America (apparently).

    But there’s some points I wouldn’t want to be arguing on his side.

    #20 6 years ago
  21. Gekidami

    GEoW is owned by EPIC, MS have publishing contracts for 2 GeOW titles, though they’ll no doubt revamp it to 2 more, atleast thats what i heard.

    As for 360′s first party, i dont really agree with the man, mainly because, for one, most of their first parties are just bought publishing rights, and as soon as that contract ends the devs can take the games where ever they want, and second MS have a tendence to release their stuff on PC whilst its still exclusive to their name, not really changing a titles quaility, but more or less voiding the whole “You need a 360 to play it” thing.

    #21 6 years ago
  22. Quiiick

    As I thought: the GEoW IP is not owned by M$.
    So Mr. Spencer should be more careful with his words …

    #22 6 years ago
  23. Psychotext

    Technically he never said who it belonged to…

    #23 6 years ago
  24. No_PUDding

    Sony hasn’t even commented on who owns the rights to Rachet and Clank/Resistance. So I suspect it’s Insomniac.

    The only proof Sony owns it is the Wikipedia page, and that’s not exactly proof. So both heavy hitting shooter exclusives this fall aren’t 1st party, 1 might be I guess – I don’t know.

    #24 6 years ago
  25. wz

    It’s mine, actually, but I let them use it.

    On another note, all this “We’re better!” talk does not really show a great deal of professionality, or confidence for that matter.

    #25 6 years ago
  26. 3ig3oi

    With FPS, coming out this fall why the hell is knowone talkin about Sony’s line up. Even if yor not a fan you got2 admit we got a few nice lookin 1′s droping this fall.

    PS3 is moving alittle quicker.

    #26 6 years ago

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