Phil Spencer Refuses to Compare Xbox One and PS4 (but he Kind of Does), Has Great Respect for Sony

As the Head of Microsoft Game Studios, Phil Spencer is at the forefront of the upcoming power struggle between Sony and Microsoft to determine who will win between PS4 and Xbox One.

When asked to compare the two consoles he refused (but he still kind of did), and he also surprisingly talked about respect for Sony, pretty much like Sony's Shuhei Yoshida did a few days ago.

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gaelic_laoch1832d ago

No body in their right mind is going to compare their Prius to someone else's Ferrari!

NewMonday1832d ago (Edited 1832d ago )

I think Spencer is the best at handling the media at XBox

dj3boud1832d ago (Edited 1832d ago )

keep that talk in your trash can :P

Blackdeath_6631832d ago (Edited 1832d ago )

i wouldn't say he is the best, just the least worst at getting the message across because ultimately everything he says is still PR dribble he just doesn't make any slip-ups

mewhy321832d ago (Edited 1832d ago ) his defense...what is he really going to say? "Well the PS4 is 50% more powerful, easier to develop for, you can upgrade the hdd, and doesn't look like a 1980's VCR, at costs 100.00 less. But hey you can watch TV with our box...wait you could do that w/o our box couldn't you?" Can blame him for avoiding this topic.

Pope_Kaz_Hirai_II1832d ago

badkolo + 12h ago
keep dreaming

Ridiculous response.

JohnS13131832d ago

I guess you're the one dreaming. All those deserved disagrees.

guitarded771832d ago

@ newmonday

Maybe, maybe not... but that really isn't saying much about MS's PR people. I think he is one of the most smug people I have ever seen. I wouldn't want him representing a company that I had money invested in.

BOLO1832d ago

The Xbot's are the one's with their head in the "cloudz" on the Xbone's power.

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thrust1832d ago

Hahaha a Ferrari......nuts!

Armyntt1832d ago

Generous to whom? Im buying a both, day 1. So i have no dog in the fight but in your metaphor if the XB1 is a prius then the PS4 would be like the insight. The Ferrari/Prius analogy is flaming the fires that dont need it really.

andibandit1832d ago

Especially considering that a pc would be the ferrari, dunno whats 50% more powerful than a prius. Maybe a civic

Foliage1832d ago

Do you understand what 50% means?

A Civic?


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badkolo1832d ago

oh since when did titanfall get announced for the ps4.
another dreamer on n4g. i know us xbots can get bad but jesus christ you ps guys are the worst of the wrost

kenshiro1001832d ago (Edited 1832d ago )

Just like those other games on the 360...oh, wait.
Titanfall will come at some point.

Gamer19821832d ago

Wow titanfall thats your arguement? Only the most stuckup xbox fans believe thats not coming to ps4 at some point. It's not an exclusive anyway as its on PC. Xbox is going into this generation weaker than the last as its lost big hitters like gears of war as MS wanted to invest in timed exclusive of titanfall and COD DLC.

gaelic_laoch1832d ago (Edited 1832d ago )

Xbone is practically Beta Testing Titanfall for the inevitable and definitive PS4 version! But you can keep Ryse!

thrust1832d ago (Edited 1832d ago )

Titanfall on sonys psn network, hmmm think I will pass.

Studio-YaMi1832d ago

No fanboy is better than another ..

Sony fanboys,Microsoft fanboys,Nintendo fanboys & PC fanboys are all alike,they are nothing but trash,they spin things to their favor even when it's obviously not,they keep attacking other consoles even when it's not necessary or bring their consoles into articles that's not about their consoles AT ALL,they tell lies about other consoles to show that it's trash when it's not,they hate you if you're a "bit" against their console or criticizing it & the list goes on.

Don't try to make it sound like one fanboy is less harmful than another,all fanboys are alike.

v6volume1832d ago

I'm waiting for Titanfall for Wii U. Anyone know the release date

andibandit1832d ago

Have fun waiting for titanfall

solidjun51832d ago

" i know us xbots can get bad but jesus christ you ps guys are the worst of the wrost."

At least you're honest in recognizing what you are.

rainslacker1832d ago (Edited 1832d ago )

It wasn't, but if their bragging about winning a bunch of rewards(most in E3 history) for a game that they didn't personally develop, and will also be on PC, and will likely come to PS4 one day, then that isn't saying much. Think about it. They're taking credit for a game that EA developed and is publishing as if it is their own.

MysticStrummer1831d ago

Titanfall will appear on PS4 eventually. If not the first game then the sequels. Count on it.

@thrust - "Titanfall on sonys psn network, hmmm think I will pass."

My 100s of hours playing online through PSN laugh at you. Next gen may very well be different, but this gen the only difference between XBL and PSN were the social features of XBL. Gaming on the two platforms, stability wise, was the same.

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creepjack1832d ago

OMG, I REALLY hope you don't think the power difference is like that, LMAO

No wait, maybe I do.....I like the sound of disappointment

FamilyGuy1832d ago

lol, that's a bit much. Besides, what about comparing their miles per gallon?

On topic: anyone in the video game industry should have respect for Sony among others, anyone that doesn't probably shouldn't be in the industry. Many of these companies pioneered aspects of what we see in games today, MS included.

H0RSE1832d ago (Edited 1832d ago )


"No body in their right mind is going to compare their Prius to someone else's Ferrari!"

- This is the shit that makes the Sony camp look unrealistic. The PS4 may be sporting more powerful hardware than the X1, but it isn't like the X1 is a fucking atari...

Sony proponents exclaim how X1 fans are delusional for not accepting that the PS4 is more powerful, yet it seems Sony fans are just as delusion in their expectations of what that is going to translate to.

gaelic_laoch1832d ago

"yet it seems Sony fans are just as delusion in their expectations of what that is going to translate to."

Wrong! It is up to devs to translate the more powerful hardware into more powerful games and it is more than reasonable for PS4 owners to expect max return for their investment!

H0RSE1832d ago (Edited 1832d ago )

First off, you took my quote out of context. It was pointing out the degree of improvement many Sony fans seem convinced they are going to see in PS4 games compared to X1. It has nothing to to do devs and their ability to to fully utilize the PS4's hardware - you just added that in yourself.

So it's reasonable to expect max returns, or as I think you meant, "consistently" max returns on an investment that relies on developers, who are often working for publishers, who have shown on many occasions to release games when they see fit, whether or not the game is at %100 or not? In an ideal world, what you exclaim would be reasonable, but it isn't an ideal world, it's the business world, and your expectations mean shit.

With a mindset like yours, you should really move over to PC and support operations like Kickstarter.

GiantEnemyCrab1832d ago

"With a mindset like yours, you should really move over to PC and support operations like Kickstarter. "

Exactly. If you are a spec fanatic why the heck are you gaming on consoles? There is no Ferrari in consoles, that is reserved for the PC. Or if we are going to make ridiculous analogies maybe the PC is a space shuttle.

5eriously1832d ago

"but it isn't like the X1 is a fucking atari..."

Cum again? How do you know?

The Atari was great and the de-facto tech at the time. The Bone is striving to be something it's not thanks to M$ failed PR.

tuglu_pati1832d ago (Edited 1832d ago )

You can already see how different is going to be. So far what we know is titles at launch;

XBO = 720p/900p/1080p - 30FPS
PS4 = 1080p -30FPS

that's the kind of difference you'll see this gen. My guess is later this generation PS4 will hit 60 FPS 1080p on all games, while XBO will vary on FPS (30-60) and resolution (900p-1080p) depending on the game.

Also resolution and FPS is half of the equation, I see PS4 having better textures and post effects, the difference wont be big but it will be there.

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Retroman1832d ago

that is a shame "HEAD of Microsoft gaming division" know ps4 is better but publicly afraid to mention it slightly.

PS4 is the BEGETTI VEYRON and x1 is the PRIUS

andibandit1832d ago (Edited 1832d ago )

Spaghetti veyron?

3-4-51832d ago

Is it me or does this Spector guy always look like he just crapped his pants?

andibandit1832d ago

No, im getting that picture as well, he has that whole 'im taking a dump' posure in his upper body

SaulGoodman1831d ago

That's freaking hilarious! I bet Phil's a bed pooper.

Osiris1051832d ago

Just wanted to comment and say, as someone who is getting both consoles. You sir are the problem with society. People who make outlandish claims like this, based off brand loyalty and a need to feel justify your purchases to everyone. The fact that you are getting a PS4 isn't enough for you ( and apparently many gamers). No, you have to make outlandish claims. God forbid you accept that there are alternatives to your choice that can be equally as enjoyable to others.

P.s. this goes for Xbox fans/PC fans/Nintendo fans who do the same. We are all gamers, would it kill you to treat each other as such.

eyeDEVOUR1832d ago

Buddy...its no difference than being a sports is simple human nature to take sides or have a favorite team... we will always trash talk and critisize our opponents weaknesses and we will always bragg about our teams strengths....some will be objective some will not

Simple as that...

drsfinest721832d ago

How the fuck is that well said? This is why Sony fanboys have bubbles and ms fanboys have less.

5eriously1832d ago

You have that completely wrong. The M$ fanny boys have less bubbles because you have to consider a few things.

Age difference. The Americans are on average younger when it' comes to gaming.
Maturity, well look at the first point.
Unruly, just read their posts.
Bad mannered, see the above.
Spiteful because they are in for a hiding(Thanks Sony)
Butthurt, for obvious reasons (Thanks Sony)
More gullible, they believe all the M$ BS PR and part with their money repeatedly, refer to the RRoD replacement buys.
Repeat offenders, they are doing the same mistake of supporting their preferred console against their own best knowledge instead of the best technically and without considering the best value for money

I will refrain from posting the other reasons.

Krosis1832d ago

"No body in their right mind is going to compare their Prius to someone else's Ferrari! "

Lol Settle down; more like a Prius to a Honda Civic. The Ferrari would be a PC ;)

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Pain1832d ago

Lol Ferrari! that's my line :3

kreate1832d ago

if its free, i'll take the ferrari.
if i gotta pay, i'll take the prius.

deno1832d ago

You are talking about two video game consoles that are a hundred dollars apart. I think you're taking gaming a bit to seriously.

mercury2281832d ago

So you are saying the Prius is the xbox one, the Ferrari is the PS4? So I guess us PC owners own a goddamn private jet huh ;)

KiLLUMiNATi_891831d ago

Yea I know the Xbox1 with kinect/cloud/controllers technology is future proof!!! Ps4- touch pad and share button is future proof ? 50% raw loony power isn't innovation at all, so keep dreaming. Everyone knows that the X1 clearly has way more potential then ps4, only n4sony refuses to admit...

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Ctiboi20101832d ago (Edited 1832d ago )

@ gaelic_laoch

There's literally nothing Phil Spencer said in this article that was negative but you just couldn't resist could you?

It's good to hear him paying dues though, Sony's Playstation brand is legendary. I remember playing Parappa the Rappa, Spyro and Crash bandicoot when I was younger. They've still got great memorable games to this day.

Hopefully Microsoft can continue delivering more great games past launch and throughout the Xbox One's lifespan. Can't wait to play these next gen games!

NewMonday1832d ago (Edited 1832d ago )

the game that "won" the most awards is a multi-platform game from a 3rd party publisher, so Phil Spencer wasn't exactly "spin-free".

B-radical1832d ago

Wasn't really negative as much as true

cfir1832d ago

But what he said wasn't really true. The Titanfall IP won the most awards. But not for xbone or xbox 360 as it was never running them at E3. PC only. So for Microsoft to claim they won the most awards is a bit disingenuous

bigboirock1832d ago


dummy Microsoft is pc so technically they did

Mike134nl1832d ago (Edited 1832d ago )

Its good to see Phill spencer and Yoshida both showing respect to their competition in their respective 'homelands'.
@ Ctiboy Also cannot really blame gaelic_loach,
basicly dualshockers just made a headline/article from just one paragraph/question in the entire interview focusing on the hardware differences between the two.

cabbitwithscissors1832d ago

I noticed he didn't talk at all about tech specs. :)

meatysausage1832d ago

It never should be, we know we will expect a great level of graphics from now on. It should be about features and games.

JokesOnYou1832d ago (Edited 1832d ago )

Why should he? If he rightfully talks about how the customized hardware will prove to be very good for X1 all the sonyfanboys will say its PR and just as they are refusing to no longer engage with a bunch of fanboy "experts " on neogaf who call you a liar, which btw I called it a mistake the very first time Penello addressed gaf directly on the site. Although admirable to communicate with gamers who you know to favor the other side its always going to be pointless, everything will be spun as negative there.

As we see here and now when you do not talk specs and praise your games and platform just as sony does then it turns to bu, bu specs. So I say quit listening to fanboys they arent buying a console anyway, hell truth be told lets face it there are those who will buy one and play the hell out of it just like with 360 last gen and will STILL publicly bash it simply out of brand loyalty because although they don't want to miss out on what X1 brings to the table they can't stand the thought of it outperforming ps4 in anyway. Fortunately these are a tiny minority because most normal gamers just want to see some great games which is why obviously they should stick to the reasonable choice of promoting their games to the public.

NukaCola1832d ago (Edited 1832d ago )


Just say you love MS and hate Sony. Then say you are going to buy an Xbone regardless of it's faults and failures because you couldn't ever like a PS product. Then admit that the PS4's higher specs mean nothing to you because it's only about brand loyalty in your eyes.

After that, you will feel better and maybe people here will start respecting you once you drop the spinning attitude and just openly admit you are a raging biased fanatic of Microsoft. I mean even though Nintendo and Sony have been doing this longer, MS is your way truth and life. Nothing in games obviously started until the Xbox released./s

meatysausage1832d ago


All I was saying was that im tired of spec talk. Article after Article of just
the same information. I dont listen to anyone. Im supporting both consoles on launch. I like what both have to offer. Specs? Im glad the PS4 is powerful, im not much of a graphics fiend but it dosnt bother me that one will be more powerful than the other.

If the xbox is less powerful, so be it. People should be excited for launch, looking only at the games and services that each console will have. I have loved PS PLUS for the short time I have had it so I have no doubt that playstaion 4 will be amazing. Im also interested to see what MS have to offer, trying to compete with the generosity sony are known for.
Lets forget about specs, and enjoy what we are buying

JokesOnYou1832d ago (Edited 1832d ago )

eggnog93 yeah I hear you my response was to cabbit.

NukaCola I don't hate sony but I sure as hell don't like most of their supporters on this site....however outside of n4g it might surprise you to know I converse regularly with folks that prefer ps brand and amazingly they are very reasonable easy to like folks. dammm who would of guessed? Shocking I know. lol. Its amazing how they can manage to like ps yet I never heard much bad from them towards micro, nor do me or the folks I know ever hate on sony. Dont get me wrong like last gen I hear REASONABLE negatives like hey I just didnt want to pay for online, or I like this or that game but yeah not like n4g.

Oh and btw YES Im a xbox you feel better now?

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FamilyGuy1832d ago

He's smarter than Penello and Greenberg, at least smart enough to only talk about the things he's knows about and to only make opinion-based statements rather than claiming opinions as facts.

Still not a fan of the guy though, his composure just seems too arrogant. Feigning confidence or something, he might be an okay guy but... he's a book with a bad cover in my court of law.

MRMagoo1231832d ago

after the news about ryse not even hitting 1080p and the fact devs have been saying the ps4 is the most powerful i think he would have a hard time talking up the xbone specs

DoubleM701832d ago (Edited 1832d ago )

Why the game is not optimized just yet. It's still running on a Alpha build. In other words the game is not finished.

MRMagoo1231832d ago


The game is being released in 2 months, if its still in alpha code then the xbone is worse off than we all thought. If its not in beta already after all the years the game has been in dev for then thats also a big problem. I get the feeling you have no idea what you are talking about.

Kayant1832d ago


"on neogaf who call you a liar, which btw I called it a mistake the very first time Penello addressed gaf directly on the site. Although admirable to communicate with gamers who you know to favor the other side its always going to be pointless, everything will be spun as negative there."

Right the only reason he was attacked on gaf is because the numbers don't match up. And maths doesn't like when it's done right.He should have never talked about specs and just engaged with the gaf community and everything would have be fine. But we you try to pull a fast one on people that know there stuff how do you think they would a react?