Xbox’s big boss Phil Spencer isn’t feeling particularly positive about cross-platform gaming with the PlayStation 4, as Sony doesn’t seem to be getting keen on the idea.
Microsoft has been working on expanding cross-platform play to both Sony and Nintendo, notably for Minecraft, but Spencer, in an interview with GameSpot, noted that only the latter has been keen to play nice with Redmond’s Xbox.
“The relationship with Nintendo on this front has been strong. They’ve been great supporters and we continue to collaborate with them,” he said.
But Spencer in’t so convinced that Sony is up for the cross-platform gaming, despite Microsoft’s dialogue with its gaming rival.
“We talk to Sony all the time. With Minecraft on PlayStation, we have to be one of the biggest games on their platform in terms of sales and gameplay,” he said. “But I think Sony’s view is different. They should talk about what their view is…”
Sony has previously said it didn’t want to go in for cross-platform gaming with Minecraft because it would need to relinquish some control over how it looks after is online gamer base. Moreover, in a cross-platform environment it couldn’t manage any problems that crop up, such as bullying between gamers, and exposing young children who play Minecraft to some of the toxic attitudes and behaviours of older gamers.
While Spencer is not exactly hopeful that Sony will change its stance, he was clear to point out to the GameSpot interviewer that he can’t talk on Sony’s behalf and that some day PlayStation gamers may be able to play online with Xbox One users. And he’s a big advocate of cross-platform gaming in general, which would lead us to suspect we’ll see more Xbox Live and Windows 10 PC cross-play games before to long.
“I think people look at [cross-play] and say is it better for gamers. If it’s better for gamers, I have a hard time thinking why we shouldn’t go do this, especially when you’re trying to make the gaming business a bigger business; grow it, get more games, create more opportunity,” explained Spencer.
As part of a strategy to accelerate its gaming business across the company, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella today named Xbox leader Phil Spencer to its senior leadership team.
Spencer, who joined Microsoft nearly three decades ago, was previously a corporate vice president leading the Xbox team. He’ll continue to oversee Xbox-related projects, but his new title is “executive vice president, Gaming at Microsoft.” Spencer will report directly to Nadella.
“In this role, Spencer is accountable for leading Microsoft’s gaming business across all devices and services,” Spencer’s new bio reads. “With his team and game development partners, Spencer continues to push the boundaries of creativity, technical innovation and fun across gaming genres, audiences and devices.”
Microsoft’s gaming arm will continue to share resources with the company’s Windows and Devices Group; there will be no changes to the financial reporting segments.
Spencer was named head of Xbox in March 2014, just after Nadella became CEO, replacing previous leader Marc Whitten. Spencer led the launch of both Xbox One S and Xbox One X and has also helped drive growth for Xbox Live, which now counts 52 million monthly active users.
The promotion, announced today in an email to employees from Nadella, signifies Microsoft’s intention to grow gaming beyond its Xbox business — with Windows 10, esports, Mixer, etc.
In a company-wide memo sent in June, Nadella outlined five core customer solution areas that he wants employees to prioritize. They include modern workplace; business applications; applications and infrastructure; data and AI; and gaming.
Separately, Microsoft also announced today that its Enterprise Mobility and Security team (EMS) will move from Cloud and Enterprise to the Windows and Devices Group. Its new team name is Enterprise Mobility & Management, which will be led by Brad Anderson, a corporate vice president who previously led EMS.
PUBG (PLAYERUNKNOWN’s Battlegrounds) is without a doubt the hottest game on the market, setting sales records almost every week since its launch on Steam Early Access.
Just this weekend, PUBG became the top game ever on Steam when it comes to concurrent users with over 1.3 million players logging online at the same time.
With this kind of numbers being pulled off, Microsoft’s agreement with Bluehole to bring the game to Xbox One first this Holiday season definitely feels more important and everyone is starting to wonder whether PUBG can enjoy the same level of success on Microsoft’s console.
Earlier today, Head of Xbox division Phil Spencer said on Twitter that he expects a similar success to bringing Minecraft to console and that PUBG will be “very big” on Xbox for many years to come. He also added in a subsequent tweet that having gotten to know the folks at Bluehole, he’s incredibly happy for them to have this success.
Similar to bringing Minecraft to console. Different game obviously but I expect PUBG to be very big on Xbox for many years.
Spencer also chimed in on other Xbox related topics. For example, he commented on Black Desert Online, another Korean made game (by Pearl Abyss) that’s coming to Xbox One later this year, with no official word on a PlayStation 4 port as of yet.
Black Desert Online is a game I’m really looking forward to launching, game looks great.
On the topic of upcoming backward compatibility additions, Fable Anniversary should be available soon, according to Spencer, who also regrets that the wishlist feature isn’t available yet in their store and would like to see something like 1v100 again.
He has apparently played a lot of Destiny 2 lately, which prompted a user to ask whether the game will have 4K and/or HDR support on the Xbox One X after all, as nothing has been announced yet. Spencer couldn’t really answer that question but he did say that Microsoft has a great working relationship with Bungie, which sounds promising.
Not my place to announce anything but the working relationship with team is great.
Phil Harrison was probably the tallest person at the Gamelab gaming event in Barcelona, Spain, this week. And that, along with his decades of gaming experience, gives him a great view into the past and the future of games.
Harrison ran research and development and first party worldwide studios for Sony’s PlayStation business. He left that position in 2008, and he began investing in game companies via London Venture Partners. In 2012, he became a corporate executive at Microsoft’s Xbox business, and he left that position in April 2015. At that point, he formed Alloy Platform Industries and became an investor in tech and games startups. Last week, he invested in Dream Reality, a maker of virtual reality experiences.
Harrison has a long view of games, and he’s optimistic about the opportunities in startups in VR. He did a fireside chat onstage with Matt Handrahan of GamesIndustry.biz at Gamelab. And I interviewed him one-on-one afterward. We talked about his view of the console wars, the positioning of the big platform companies, where games are headed, and investing as well.
Here’s an edited transcript of our interview.
Above: Phil Harrison (left) of Alloy Platform Industries and Matt Handrahan of GamesIndustry.biz
GamesBeat: How are you enjoying being outside of a console company?
Phil Harrison: I’m really enjoying being plural. I think that’s the description. It’s nice to be not tied to one particular thing. I can be helpful or useful, hopefully. And not exclusively in games. I’m invested in everything from games to stem cells and biotech.
GamesBeat: What does it take to be insightful about investing?
Harrison: If I knew that — well, it’s about the team. To focus on the announcement we made today, about Dream Reality Interactive, the reason I invested primarily in DRI is exactly the same reasons I invested in Supercell. It’s about the team, having a great team that understand their tool chain and their timing in the market. If you can get those Ts lined up, you have some percentage greater chance of success.
GamesBeat: And this is for a VR experience? They’re not exactly calling it a game.
Harrison: They are a team with incredible game chops. They’ve been a very experienced team working on the cutting edge of game development, and specifically VR, at Sony. But they’ve established a company with a view to taking that to the next level. VR is the entry point. It’s the appetizer, and then AR is going to be the main course, but it’ll take a bit of time. We’re making sure the team is set up correctly to take advantage of the timing.
GamesBeat: From the sidelines, where do you see the big three here and how well they’re doing?
Harrison: Nintendo has surprised me in a good way. They’ve put some excitement back in, or at least added a dynamic to the console equation that wasn’t there previously. From my focus group of a household with younger children, Switch is definitely the console that gets used. Mainly because of the content types. Surprisingly, the TV-to-mobile use case works way more effectively than I expected. Maybe I should give Nintendo more credit. I really enjoy that.
Above: The PlayStation 3 and both of the PS3 revisions.
Image Credit: Jeff Grubb/GamesBeat
GamesBeat: That seems to be what they tried to do with the Wii U, but it didn’t take. It may have been too early. The tethered tablet may have been a real problem.
Harrison: The tablet mode on Wii U just wasn’t powerful enough. It was rendered as a single frame from the console sent wirelessly from the console to the device. The Switch combined both modes into one and just switched the power state. When you’re tethered you get access to more wattage on the CPU and GPU. Maybe that technology didn’t exist when they were developing the Wii U. I suspect not. A great idea is about timing as much as it is about technology.
The game pipeline they have coming through looks pretty strong, with the greatest hits from Nintendo coming down the pipe in the next 12 months. That puts them in a strong decision.
GamesBeat: Between Sony and Microsoft, does it surprise you that Sony came ahead almost two to one on console units?
Harrison: The thing Sony has done incredibly well over many years is build up a very powerful distribution network outside of the U.S. and the U.K. I don’t think people truly understand how powerful that is and how much effort it’s taken. That’s part of it. But I also think Sony was just very clear about their proposition. It’s a powerful game console, no ambiguity. That’s what they tried to sell. Microsoft had a more challenged message at the beginning. They’ve acknowledged that themselves. But I think Microsoft has made a fantastic recovery. It’s still to play for.
GamesBeat: It must be very different to be in your position now. What were the last decisions you were involved in as far as the console business?
Harrison: It does make me laugh that there are even games I was involved in at Sony that have only just come out. That shows you how long these things have gone on for.
GamesBeat: The Last Guardian?
Harrison: I’m not saying. I’m not saying a word. But no, I love the industry and I love what’s going on in the space, so I’m really happy to see all of the companies doing well.
Above: Virtual reality will eventually be hot.
Image Credit: Shutterstock
GamesBeat: Now that you’re in a neutral position, do you see mobile as a place where startups can make the biggest difference?
Harrison: It is. Even with all of the challenges of audience acquisition and barriers to entry — the development barrier to entry is really low, but distribution, awareness, cutting through the noise is really hard. Even with all those challenges, I still think mobile is the place to go. To make a console game as an indie, unless you have a sugar daddy relationship with the platform holder effectively sponsoring you, it’s really hard to make money.
GamesBeat: I notice some companies taking interesting pivots on VR now. Playful started with Lucky’s Tale on Oculus as an exclusive, but now they’re taking that same IP to Microsoft as a platform game for 2D screens. It’s a second use of the IP that might wind up being bigger as a market opportunity for them than the VR project.
Harrison: I played Lucky’s Tale a long time ago. I always was impressed with the style and design, but it felt like a 2D/3D platformer trying to be — maybe it’s come back to where it should be. I don’t know. I’m not in any way criticizing the game. I think they’ve done a great job.
That kind of pivot is a necessity in some cases. Not being specific to that game, but I think there are a lot of developers who have bet on consumer adoption of VR being bigger than it currently is. We’re definitely in the pre-inflection point of the hockey stick. We’re in the valley before we take off in the rocket ship.
GamesBeat: But you don’t doubt that will happen?
Harrison: Many factors will affect success, but no, I think there ultimately will be success. If you look at the weight of the balance sheet of Microsoft, Google, Sony, Apple on AR rather than VR, Samsung, and others who are all bringing their technology and, crucially, their supply chain efficiencies to this, I think we’re going to see a lot of growth. But we’re at the equivalent of the pre-iPhone moment in mobile.
GamesBeat: When you look at the larger games business and you add in these other platforms, what do you like about the deck these guys have to play with? You have Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo, but you also have Google, Amazon, and Apple. There are interesting competitions among all these companies.
Harrison: You’re betting on five watts versus 160 watts. Are you going console, PC, hardcore, or are you going mobile, free-to-play? It doesn’t seem like there have been breakout hits in free-to-play on console yet, maybe because the top of the funnel isn’t big enough to support all of the customer acquisition. But that will happen.
I’m excited about the future. I’m enormously bullish about the future of games, mainly because now we don’t have to explain what this is anymore. There’s an understanding of games among the wider population.
Above: The new Xbox One X
Image Credit: Microsoft
GamesBeat: Among those big companies, do you feel like anyone has the most interesting strategy to capitalize on that?
Harrison: They all have tremendous positives and some small challenges. If Microsoft’s Xbox business was a stand-alone business, only focused on games, that would be an incredible business. When you look at it as a part of Microsoft spitting out $20 billion in free cash flow every year, it just shows up as a tiny little dot, which is always a deep frustration for the leadership in the Xbox business. They do an incredible job, but they don’t show up that often on the scorecard.
GamesBeat: Did you feel that inside both Sony and Microsoft?
Harrison: It’s a different pressure that Sony has. They have a much smaller balance sheet. They’re a much more focused company through necessity, through the challenges they’ve been through, which have been public over the last 10 years or so. It’s a good question. Which would you rather be: a focused company with a smaller balance sheet or an unfocused company with a very large balance sheet? Ultimately a strong balance sheet is a good thing to have, which is why a company like Amazon could end up being a disruptive force in games. They have AWS as this secret provider of incredible services to so many games companies, which they’re monetizing like crazy.
GamesBeat: I like to think of them as the intentional game platforms versus the unintentional game platforms.
Harrison: Right. I think Amazon knows they have a games business. It’s interesting that the games bit of Amazon reports in to the AWS leadership. That’s not a surprise or an accident. That’s very purposeful.
The one unknown, unseen is what Apple is really doing in AR and VR. I don’t believe for an instant that what they showed at the worldwide developer conference is all they’re doing in AR. But they made a very strong statement of intent, and that’s exciting for the future.
Disclosure: The organizers of Gamelab paid my way to Barcelona. Our coverage remains objective.
Two former members of Sony Interactive Entertainment reunited this week, as ex-PlayStation executive Phil Harrison invested in Dream Reality Interactive, founded by Dr. Dave Ranyard.
Ranyard previously lead Sony’s London Studio, the team that worked on the PlayStation VR (PSVR) headset creating tech demos that would eventually be bundled into PlayStation VR Worlds for launch last year. Ranyard left Sony before the headset’s launch, however, to start up this new London-based studio along with Richard Bates, who worked with him at Sony London, and former Criterion VP Kumar Jacob. The new studio is working on multiple VR projects, and it’s just completed its first round of funding to help develop them.
Harrison invested an undisclosed amount in the developer. He told GamesIndustry.biz: “I invested in dRi because the team is fantastic and the AR/VR sector is one of the most exciting frontiers in technology today.”
The former Sony exec has a long history in the games industry, having previously worked with Microsoft and companies like Atari too. Another unrevealed investor also funded the company.
Ranyard himself has long been a VR evangelist, giving multiple talks on the technology during PSVR’s development. The new studio is also looking to work in augmented and mixed realities. “Having backing from two successful and insightful investors enables us to accelerate our ambitions and is a huge validation of the talented team we have put together,” he said of the investment.
Dream Reality’s first project is VR production for Sky starring Sir David Attenborough that’s set to be on display in the Natural History Museum. Other projects have not yet been revealed but hopefully we’ll be seeing them soon.
You might think it’s crazy that Microsoft is once again
introducing a new game console with a $500 price tag.
But it’s just possible the company is being crazy like a fox.
Microsoft is pretty certain there’s a good market for its new
Xbox One X game machine despite its high price point. More
importantly, the company is pretty excited about who’s most
likely to buy the new device.
The kinds of customers who will be attracted to the Xbox One X
tend to be the best game customers of all, Phil Spencer, the head
of Microsoft’s Xbox operations, said in a recent interview with
The new Xbox One X console
from Microsoft is capable of powering 4K gaming. It costs $500
and launches on November 7. Microsoft
“The thing that we should all realize is that that customer buys
a lot of games,” Spencer said. “That customer plays a lot of
That’s a pretty strong argument for why huge companies like
Microsoft and Sony are bothering to create more powerful, more
expensive iterations of their consoles, even if those consoles
serve only a small minority of console buyers.
At first blush, Microsoft offering another $500 console seems
absurd. The Xbox One launched in 2013 with a $500 price tag, one
of the main reasons it lags so far behind Sony’s PlayStation 4 in
adoption. The PS4 debuted at $400 and has seen double the number
of sales as the Xbox One.
Spencer understands this problem and perception, and he’s not
unrealistic about how sales of the new console will compare with
the Xbox One S, the new base-model Xbox One that costs $250.
“We’re gonna sell more Xbox One S consoles next year than we will
Xbox One X,” he said.
But as Spencer indicates, there’s a method to Microsoft’s
The company’s betting there’s a ready audience of folks ready to
buy what the Xbox One X offers. This is a console capable of
outputting games in 4K resolution — the next step after HD. There
definitely are people who have a 4K TV and are itching for a game
console that can take advantage of it.
“Metro: Exodus” is one of
the first games shown running on the Xbox One X. It is, indeed,
very pretty. 4A
Here’s how Spencer described the target audience for the new
“You’ve got a person who really wants a premium experience.
“You ask who is that person today? I’m gonna bet a large
percentage of those people have a current-generation console
already. So in that world, I have to show them an experience
that’s demonstrably better. And that’s where we started with Xbox
“We get some interest from PC people who have been playing 4K
games on their PCs now for a while, and say, ‘OK here’s a console
that can play a true 4K game with a controller sitting on my
couch.’ And I think a lot of the other people have a
current-generation console and are looking for a premium
experience and something that really looks different.”
While Microsoft is offering gamers a premium experience, it isn’t
charging them a premium to get it, despite the Xbox One X’s
relatively high price. The company
won’t be making any money from selling Xbox One X consoles.
That’s because the components required to power the level of
graphical fidelity the box offers are expensive. Indeed, the Xbox
looks like a bargain compared with what you’d have to pay for
a PC with similar capabilities.
Microsoft is releasing “Forza Motorsport 7” ahead of
the Xbox One X — it will take advantage of the console’s ability
to play games in 4K. Microsoft
But that’s not unusual. Video-game consoles typically aren’t what
make money in the video-game business — it’s the games,
accessories, and services that do. Microsoft most likely makes
far more money from Xbox Live Gold subscriptions, for instance,
than from Xbox One hardware sales.
And what makes the Xbox One X so interesting for Microsoft is
that the kind of folks who buy “premium” consoles like it and the
PlayStation 4 Pro are the kind of folks who tend to buy not only
more games than the average customer, but more accessories and
Sony has paved the way for a pricier, more powerful console with
its PlayStation 4 Pro. The company says Pro purchases now make up
20% of all PlayStation 4 sales. Spencer expects similar
adoption for the Xbox One X.
From where he’s sitting, though, that wouldn’t be a problem.
LOS ANGELES — At $500, the new Xbox One X game console is
expensive. It’s expensive compared to other game consoles, and
it’s expensive when you’re not comparing it to anything.
Unbelievably, at $500, Microsoft isn’t making any money on each
“No,” Xbox leader Phil Spencer told me in an interview this week,
after I asked him if Microsoft makes any money selling the
Xbox One X at $500.
The Xbox One X is the
smallest and most powerful Xbox One ever made. It’s also the most
“So, you’re taking a loss?” I said. “I didn’t answer it that
way,” he responded, intentionally not offering more detail.
Here’s what we know about why the Xbox One X is so
It is capable of powering 4K games, which requires bleeding
edge technology (read: expensive technology).
It’s small, and small means custom.
That’s pretty much it.
There’s no expensive peripheral included to bring up the price,
nor does it come with a bunch of games. It’s expensive because
it’s powerful (in fairness, it is far more powerful than
any other Xbox One).
Like so many consoles before it, the Xbox One X is a means of
selling other stuff that makes money. Like what? Stuff
like games, peripherals, and services (Xbox Live Gold! Game
A new game called “Metro:
Exodus” takes advantage of the Xbox One X’s processing power to
dazzle with 4K visuals (alongside a mountain of visual
detail). 4A Games
Here’s how Spencer put it:
“I don’t want to get into all the numbers, but in aggregate you
should think about the hardware part of the console business is
not the money-making part of the business. The money-making
part is in selling games.”
Over time, as the cost of making the console goes down,
Microsoft’s profit margin on each console sold will rise. Another
change that will come with time: The normalization of 4K. Right
now, in mid-2017, not many people own 4K televisions. But what
about this time next year? In five years?
Though the price tag for the Xbox One X is high today, it will
assuredly come down over time as well. For now, though? If you
want the most bleeding edge Xbox One experience possible, there’s
a console for you — it’s just gonna cost ya.
One of Microsoft’s big announcements at its E3 press conference this year was support for Xbox backwards compatibility on the Xbox One. Not Xbox 360 backwards compatibility, which has been around for some time: OG Xbox backwards compatibility, starting with beloved air combat game Crimson Skies. Naturally, when we talked with Xbox chief Phil Spencer today, we asked if we might see that emulation make its way to the PC in the future. His one-word answer?
Straight to the point. Exciting! But also: we wanted more. Thankfully, after letting that affirmative hang in the air for a few moments, Spencer elaborated.
“I want people to be able to play games!” he said. “[Emulation] is hard. [Xbox] 360 specifically is a PowerPC chip, emulated to x86, which is difficult. It’s a little bit easier when you have a fixed spec, when you think about Xbox, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X. And you think of the variable specs of the PC space, so you’re taking a fixed-spec PowerPC emulator and then moving it over to run on PC, so there’s a lot of work there.
“The original Xbox, OG Xbox, is a little bit easier, because that was an x86 chip it was running on. Obviously when we think about UWP and the ability for games to run across console and PC, we’re getting closer. I want developers to be able to build portable applications, which is why we’ve been focusing on UWP for games and even apps that want to run on multiple devices.
“So I think we’ve got work to go do there, but I think it’s in our future.”
We also asked Spencer about the Xbox Game Pass, a $10 monthly subscription that grants access to a library of Xbox One and Xbox 360 games. Given Microsoft’s increased PC focus, could we see the Game Pass on PC, too?
“I’ve said I want to bring Game Pass to the PC. The team doesn’t love it when I pre-announce things, but I definitely want to bring Game Pass to PC,” Spencer said.
“It’s a business model that I think could be good for creators, and when business models work for creators, it usually means good content will come for gamers. I like that. We don’t have the deep catalog of games on PC that we do on console, so I’ve had some pushback from the marketing team that, well it wouldn’t necessarily be the best feature right now, because we won’t have enough games, but I just want to start. So I’m putting a lot of pressure on the team to go get enough content lined up to do something on the PC, and then make sure we have a long-term commitment to build.”
Spencer had more to say about developing games for PC, the return to Age of Empires, and what Microsoft still needs to do to improve the Windows Store and UWP. Check back soon for our full interview.
As we all know, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer loves to interact with lovers and solution questions. Nonetheless, there’s lately been a good deal of controversy bordering his eyesight for the gaming brand. It seem to be as nevertheless Sony is sweeping up almost each marketing and advertising offer out there, leaving Microsoft in the dust. Spencer took to Twitter to make clear his system going ahead.
@BeastFireTimdog Make all around avid gamers and video games. Build the ideal location to play, regard the players, emphasis on devs, create innovate 1P video games
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) May possibly 23, 2017
Instead of shelling out revenue on video games which will be on other consoles, Spencer states he’s centered on increasing Microsoft’s first-social gathering library with impressive encounters.
@BergTonyXbox It really is all just organization. We have a very long phrase eyesight for Xbox and we are creating towards that. Marketing and advertising offers are excellent but not the system
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) May possibly 23, 2017
This is absolutely the proper tactic due to the fact it ensures the very long-phrase survival of a gaming brand. Just search at Nintendo. Even with hardly owning third-social gathering help for the Wii and Wii U, they’re undertaking good. Even with the point that the Nintendo Swap won’t obtain third-social gathering help on the levels of PlayStation 4 and Xbox Just one, it’ll nevertheless be a resounding results due to the fact of video games like Mario Kart, Pokemon and Zelda. That wasn’t all that Spencer had to say nevertheless.
@XtremeGaming22 I am very assured, from what we are seeing and listening to, Scorpio will be the very ideal console model of video games this 12 months..
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) May possibly 23, 2017
A supporter questioned Spencer if Connect with of Duty: WWII and Destiny two would search much better on Task Scorpio than any other console out there. Spencer didn’t just solution the concern, but made a somewhat bold but comprehensible assertion. He claimed that he was very assured from the third-social gathering video games he’s found and had talks about that the Task Scorpio model will be the very ideal console model of these video games. Presented the point that Destiny two and Connect with of Duty: WWII will help Task Scorpio, it’s set up that Microsoft is in continuous interaction with Activision.
Task Scorpio boasts all around two TFLOPS additional power than the PlayStation 4 Pro. Which is additional power than what a common PlayStation 4 has (1.84 TFLOPS). Developers can do so significantly additional with two TFLOPS than they could’ve ever carried out with the .5 TFLOPS benefit PlayStation 4 had above Xbox Just one. And lastly, owning the ideal model of a sport, no make a difference who’s has marking legal rights, is the ideal marketing and advertising there is as Xbox user Vonbedda set it so eloquently.
Following his praise, the head of Xbox was sort of accused of promoting a multiplatform game that seemingly received better reviews on the Xbox One platform. Spencer followed up by tweeting that people should play games on the platform they own.
@JRPyznar@LittleNights I’ll never feel strange promoting great games. You should play it on the platform you own..
“I’ll never feel strange promoting great games”, he replied. “You should play it on the platform you own..”
Microsoft’s head of the Xbox gaming division later added that gaming is all about games, and not about the console that you’re playing it on.
“When specific game discussions turn from playing great games to which piece of plastic I own I feel like we’ve lost the plot a bit”, he tweeted.
It’s not the first time that Spencer expressed his distaste towards the negativity towards other gaming platforms. Back in October of last year, he said that he finds it “completely distasteful” when some ‘gamers’ appear to be delighted when a game on a rival platform receives a lower- than-anticipated review score.
“And I don’t. I’ve been vocal about that as well. I’ll turn it around now. Like, when ReCore came out and there were some of the lower scores that were given, I would have PlayStation fans tweet me, happy that ReCore wasn’t getting great review scores from some outlets. I just thought it was such a negative thing for our industry for somebody to be gleeful that somebody gave a game a review that was lower than what the team expected. And I don’t just think about that in terms of the games that we build. I can look at Hello Games and No Man’s Sky. I’ve known Sean Murray for years, and I said I want them to be successful with the games that [the industry] builds. The games industry gets bigger and better as more people enjoy playing games. And I also think about the teams behind these games, and these are people who spend years of their lives, so committed to the art form of building games. And then when it comes out, for somebody to kind of fold that into a “My console is better than your console” in a very petty way, I find it completely distasteful.”
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