Microsoft corporate vice-president Yusuf Mehdi has explained why the close proximity between both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 launch is good for the industry, and why the company is feeling good about business within that area.
Addressing investors at the Citi Global Technology conference, Mehdi said, “First, I do think it’s an incredible time for gamers. One of the things that has never happened is we go head-to-head with a competitor on a console launch.”I think that’s going to bring a lot of energy to the overall gaming market and a lot of focus and attention, and I think that’s going to further grow the market. So I think in general it’s a good time to be a gamer. We feel good about our business within that.
“Competitively speaking, so far, I feel like we have a much better… more complete value prop. We do things that aren’t found on other platforms with the Kinect, a huge piece of differentiation. As I said before, the fact that we do entertainment and gaming.
“And then even if you just take gamers, hardcore gamers, gamers buy for the game. They don’t buy for stats on a spec sheet. And if you look at the games we have, according to most industry experts now, a better lineup of games.”
Mehdi’s comments about spec parity echo those made by Microsoft’s Albert Penello last week in which he said between Forza 5, Ryse: Son of Rome and their competitors on rival formats, he sees little difference from a spec standpoint.
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