Xbox One and PS4 format debates are here to stay unfortunately, but Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has called out the “unhealthy dislike” of rival formats in a new interview, while taking time to applaud Sony’s efforts in the new generation so far.
It follows Spencer’s claim that Microsoft is looking to establish digital midnight launches on Xbox Live as a policy moving forward.
Spencer spoke about all things ‘fanboy’ during the above SXSW interview with Geoff Keighley, during which the Microsoft Game Studios boss said, “There seems to be this natural faction that gets created around what console you own, and then this… I would call it ‘unhealthy dislike’ for people who own the other console.”
Competition is healthy, he agreed, but added, “the competition is in the marketplace. I have ton of respect for people at Sony and the franchises they build. The same with Nintendo, or my friends at Valve… In the end what we all wanna do is to take this art form of playing games and experiencing the breaking down of the wall between the narrative and interaction […] and just make a better form of entertainment.
“I love the fans that we have , but being a fan of Xbox doesn’t mean you can’t be a fan of something else, or that you have to be an anti-fan of some other brand. I own a PlayStation 4. I play Games on my PlayStation 4. I own and I play games on my Wii U. I learn a ton from what happens on those other platforms.”
In the end; Spencer mused, the market and gamers win as a result of this competition. He added that the success of PS4 and Xbox One so far has shown that consoles are still relevant in today’s industry. “Has anyone shown up to the party when these two big manufacturers brought their consoles out in November?” he asked.
“And today we all see that hasn’t been a problem. If you look at what both consoles have done, it’s been an amazing year, probably the best year.”
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