Microsoft's Head of Xbox Phil Spencer reiterates that he doesn't feel bad about Sony selling many PS4s and explains exactly why.
This guy is great on so many levels
Im just glad the best gaming company is doing very well. Playstation has been consistently doing the best every generation since the ps1. Always has the most exclusive titles, highest rated exclusives, most diverse exclusive titles going back to the first Playstation console. Ps4 is doing well because of the history of the brand and a continuation of what Playstation always bring along with it. Pure quality Im glad Sony isnt trying to sell their console on dreams like dx12 or cloud technology. Since the launch of certain Systems, all most of the fanatics talk about why their system of choice is lacking is because dx12 is needed or that cloud technology is needed to make it work as it should. Ps4 is what it is and doesnt require dreams to make it work as it should. This PR guy only move is to only have good things to say about the ps4. It wasnt that way last gen. Now the ps4 has double the sales of its direct competition and the lead is increasing.
Last generation Sony screwed up at the beginning, now Microsoft screwed up at the beginning. Seems the same to me
'dreams' you say but Crackdown 3 tech demo demonstrated an unprecedented amount of destruction on Xbox One thanks to cloud powered technology and DX12 is already being said to improve Xbox One GPU & CPU according to many developers currently using it
You had me at your first paragraph. Then your fanboy showed in the rest of the post.
Agreed. What you said took me back to the statement Mark Cerny made in an interview with Scott Lowe, when asked about the PS4 vs the competition. He said something to the effect of people will buy Playstation 4 because "people want to play games." Sony's always had huge, diverse libraries every generation, and that's what we're seeing with PS4 as well. Looking forward to the future, and enjoying my PS4 today.
thegreatergamer wow destruction... lol i can care less about the destruction not everyone cares about that... that being said Crackdown doesnt interst me.. if i dont buy the Xbox one this year i wont be buying it at all Xbox doesnt have enough titles that gets my attention. and ps4 does all other games that isnt exclusibe to xbox.
@Cindy, You are pretty much the picture of what gamers shouldn't be while Phil is a great example of how gamers should be. I'm astounded that you are calling Phil a PR guy when he's the one doing his job. Think about it, he's paid to say the things he is saying while you are doing it for free. You would think the one being paid would be less credible.
@Imp0ssibl3: PS3 still won the HD war last gen. Still playing PS3 everyday
Whatever man.. The only dreams happening on PS4 are those coming true, in seeing long dormant/requested games coming back from the impossible dead. Oh, and that new game from Media Molecule. --- I'm curious here though, and I ask.... what is Spencer talking about here? and I quote - "we work for a company in Microsoft that isn’t driven in this space to go dominate anybody or to put somebody else out." I respect your attitude in this industry, but really, Phil.....? I'm sure that Microsoft doesn't desire a monopoly at all. I'm sure Microsoft has never mentioned "owning the living room" with Xbox before and I'm sure they were perfectly fine settling for simply a games focused machine because they definitely never expressed a desire to focus more on "broad entertainment". I'm sure they always wished to sell less Xboxes to the mainstream non-gaming Apple audience. /s I'm sure that this wasn't popular opinion at Microsoft when they were dominating PS3 for half of last generation. /s I'm sure Microsoft's well documented history of self-serving, anti-consumer, anti-competitor policies doesn't disprove this. Nor does their documented internal policy "Embrace, Extend, Extinguish" focus solely of gaining monopolistic status by forcing out the competition. /s https://en.wikipedia.org/wi... Oh, let's not forget this gem: http://www.develop-online.n... I'm sorry, but I don't think anything has really changed, apart from the PR from guys like Spencer, and decisions made by him and his team to make Xbox One more appealing to consumers since launch. You've turned Xbox around impressively since you became the Xboss, but there's no point in lying about the company you work for Phil. ------ @ Septic You don't have to take my word on anything. I don't really ever expect you to. You can add me to your ignore list if you don't like it. That won't change the fact that as sweet as Spencer might be for the Xbox brand, he still lied about Tomb Raider exclusivity, he damage controlled the indie games parity clause telling us things we knew not to be true, referred to his own consumers as 2nd class citizens, and made statements about Final Fantasy XIV that amounts to him framing Shuhei Yoshida as a liar, and here is saying things about MS that we know doesn't ring true, when we have all been conscious for the past 3 years. He's a good guy, but that doesn't mean he isn't paid to lie and spin, in addition to fostering games on his platforms.
Oh my days how does Cindy rella have so many agrees lmao. So much blind allegiance to a brand, so much bile and just, well, immaturity. @Death "I'm astounded that you are calling Phil a PR guy when he's the one doing his job. Think about it, he's paid to say the things he is saying while you are doing it for free." Haha wow spot on. Anyone who agreed with him..well I feel sorry for them tbh. That kind of mentality, that almost smug arrogance, derision and supposed adherence to values and pretend concern, that's FAR worse than any PR statement that comes out of these heads of corporations. At least that much is expected of these staff. @digital "You've turned Xbox around impressively since you became the Xboss, but there's no point in lying about the company you work for Phil." And why on earth would we take your word over his?
@Cindy-rella I agree. And by the way, this guy's comments are not 'good things', he knows what he is doing, and he is doing it well. either way, I'm just glad I can enjoy the games. That is all. No other PR is relevant, just the games, show me the games.
@Imp0ssibl3 The only difference is that, since launch, the PS3 outsold the 360 globally every month.
@DR, You are seriously citing 21 year old internal comments to solidify your stance today? It's odd that you seen the IE "monopoly" in 1995 but missed the Apple bailout by Microsoft 2 years later. http://www.nytimes.com/1997... I have no doubt this was done so Microsoft wouldn't face more anti-trust legislation by Congress, but that doesn't change the fact Microsoft kept their nearest competitor afloat when they needed it most. As an FYI, before Microsoft gave IE away for free the only way you were surfing the net is if you bought software to do it. That is what you are so upset about and cite as an example as to why they are a horrible company. They made internet browsing free.
Lol I just knew we'd get that 1 party pooper. Phil can't be a genuine nice guy to you people huh? Not everyone is a fanboy and see nothing but 1 brand like you and the 37+ people that agree with you. Lol dx12 and cloud tech a pr stunt. An updated api that has is and will help developers and a tech that's proven itself,has been used and will be used more and more in the future pr stunts smh.
A PR statement is a PR statement but still, Phil is saying positive things. What's wrong with that? Oh you're saying he's lying? You who regularly glorify a gaming brand, you who talk about wars being won, you who were so quick to hate and the key word is HATE. Why would any sensible person ever entertain a person with that kind of mentality? When I read Phil's statements, regurgitated a million times from the same interview, I think, ah classy statement, clever thing to say. But when people instantly use it as a platform to prop up the PlayStation brand you know what...well you tell me what I should think. I want to know. Everyone says Phil is a pretender, and maybe he is (I don't think he is) but who are you lot to say that , you serial Xbox haters, you who so obviously wish for the demise of the brand, not for any noble reason that you sooo desperately and transparently weave into your rhetoric but for sheer fanboyism stemming from what I believe to be a distinct intellectual deficiency. Sometimes its fun to play the politics but sometimes I see the real bitterness of people who call themselves gamers come out. And its really sad.
You are exactly why I hate N4G... Jesus Christ you're ridiculous...
Honestly, I'm tired of the Phil Spencer butt kissing. He's probably tired of it himself, because he's a sensible dude. It may not hurt for him to be a bit more aggressive and sell his brand a little harder.
His brand is selling better than it ever has. The Xbox One is selling great, some simply feel if they aren't selling the most they are a failure.
Better than ever, Death, and yet still not good enough. Do you buy that Microsoft doesn't want to be where Sony is? Do you believe any company out there genuinely doesn't want to dominate every market they're in? I don't buy for one second that Microsoft wants the Xbox to have anything less than a monopoly. And this not feeling bad stuff? Not feeling that.
@Spotie, "Better than ever, Death, and yet still not good enough." not good enough to who? phil spencer, "I love that we’re selling a lot of Xbox Ones. I love that we’re selling more Xbox Ones than we did 360, and we’re growing year … all the PR stats I can hit you with, and I love that we have more people on Xbox Live than we’ve ever had. That’s probably the thing I’m most focused on is the people that we have on Xbox Live and how happy they are with what they’re doing." so again i ask, who is it not good enough for? yet you want to go after anyone who says anything bad about your preferred company? "Do you buy that Microsoft doesn't want to be where Sony is? Do you believe any company out there genuinely doesn't want to dominate every market they're in?" of course, both nintendo and microsoft would love to be selling as well as the ps4, that doesn't mean what the xbox one is doing isn't good enough. do you have anything to add here? "I don't buy for one second that Microsoft wants the Xbox to have anything less than a monopoly. And this not feeling bad stuff? Not feeling that." which translates into another example of the baggage you bring to the forums.
@moldy: Stop it. "who is it not good enough for?" Damn what PR mouthpiece Phil Spencer has to say. It's not good enough for MICROSOFT. You don't need an ass-kissing quote to figure that out. You just have to not be a blind fanboy. "that doesn't mean what the xbox one is doing isn't good enough." Xbox not being competitive isn't good enough. It may have been alright for the first outing, but Microsoft has put a helluva lot of money into the Xbox division, and there's no way they're happy with the XB1's performance, even if it IS better than the 360 did. "which translates into another example of the baggage you bring to the forums." What baggage? Are you blind? Are you incapable of reading entire comments? Did the sentence prior to that not even REGISTER in your head? You're so quick to try and call others out for being fanboys that you don't even see what your own actions label you as, do you? Defend Microsoft, attack Sony. Attack anyone who defends Sony, defend anyone who defends Microsoft. Funny thing is: you talk about being mostly a PC gamer, you ask others why they're in articles for products they don't have an interest in, and are either oblivious to or intentionally ignorant of your actions that are the very same.
What because he tells people what they want to hear to come off as a swell guy...the big push to try to maintain and even repair Microsoft's image. People treat him like he's Ace Rimmer https://www.youtube.com/wat...
He definitely tells people what they want to hear. The most requested feature on the Xbox One was backwards compatibility. Imagine our surprise when he told us what we wanted to hear and enabled it with an update. Seriously, saying games are being delayed so they aren't released broken while releasing broken games is telling people what they want to hear. Telling people you are focused only on gaming while delaying games and working on bringing TV to your console is telling you what you want to hear. Telling people they don't want b/c while charging to play b/c games is telling people what they want to hear. Telling people you are focused on your own products and can be happy for another companies success sounds more like the truth. Phil seems pretty focused on making the Xbox better for Xbox gamers and so far he's consistently not been a douche towards Sony.
He's backing up what he's saying though. No one can deny that the gaming focus is rock solid now with Xbox. Yeah people evangelise him way too much but people also love to pile on and hate him too. Look at the Sony contingent above using it to prove how their console of choice won the war, talk about 'pure quality' etc. Its like some sort of mad cult. Phils the head of Xbox. His role isn't just PR. Yes he blatantly knows what he is doing when he says all the right things but if he's backing them up then what's the problem. Let's not glorify him I agree. But lets cut the bs; a big part of the hate towards him is because of brand loyalty and the other side not tolerating it. It doesn't fit their agenda.
@Septic Septic, I don't think people hate him because of brand loyalty, some do, it's going to happen but I think it's mostly because he talks far too much and people praise him for stuff which should be expected from a gaming company. I know it's not his fault sites pick up on everything he says but like you said he knows for a fine fact sites will pick up on what he says. For example, look at how many "we're gamer focused" articles we got from him before E3 (and past E3s), a gaming convention. Yeah so it should be...don't make out you've went to the high heavens, got the fruits of knowledge from god himself and then shared them out the town folk, it shouldn't be a thing you need to be known and be praised for it should be bloody expected. It's a gaming convention. Hell it was recently TGS and I feel like I've seen more of Phil making his mouth go then someone like Shu or Kaz...people who were there and who's company showed a lot off. Personally I'm not really fond of him because, bluntly speaking, he's too sickly nice. It comes off too forced because he's trying his hardest to get people to like Microsoft and buy Xbox Ones.
So we are clear, you fault Spencer for being nice? I would think gaming sites pick up on everything said by execs. The odd thing is we can make a list of douchebag comments that execs have said over the past decade and by the same logic it's mind blowing they actually said it knowing it would be made public. If nothing else something relatively mundane would be twisted into something it's not just to fuel the flames of gaming. Phil for the most part has been immune to this since he has been very consistent. So back to the beginning, if you don't want Phil to be rational and respectful, what exactly are you looking for and why do you want it?
@Death I said "sickly nice". I didn't just say "Oh yeah I hate him because he's nice". I did go into it more after I said it, don't see why you missed it. I would continue but I think we know we're this is heading. I'll call it a day now.
@-Foxtrot "Personally I'm not really fond of him because, bluntly speaking, he's too sickly nice. It comes off too forced because he's trying his hardest to get people to like Microsoft and buy Xbox Ones." oh how terrible, he's too nice and he wants people to buy an xbox one. what a catastrophe. funny how you guys think of any reason to not support the xbox one.
Of course Spencer can be grateful to Sony right now. Thanks to Sony; he got in the place he's now... If it wasn't the case, he would be working for Don Mattrick. So yeah, he can be grateful to Sony right now.
I hope SONY hires him someday. Glad to see Spencer and Boyes leading the way. (yes i know Boyes is not the top dog)
How does he know Quantum Break will be a success like Halo and Uncharted?
Another comment my Microsoft's Head of Xbox Phil Spencer on Sony. Does he have a fetish on all things Sony does? It would be more appropriate touting Microsoft's products than commenting on Sony's.
He talks too much! MS are being stupid on insist in competing with Sony. And because of that, Xbone not will get a opportunity to pass PS4. To the PS3 pass the X360 in sales, Sony needed give up, to think. To them, are not always saying nonsenses. And then, turn back to competicion. Sony didn't do a turn of 360 degrees, talking again about the "CELL", something MS are doing. They still insist with the "Power of Cloud". This gen, we not will see the same repeat situation, Sony and MS are very different!
Gentleman as always, well said by Spencer
That's a pretty admirable way to look at it. You are going to want to succeed, but why would you want all of your rivals to fail? It's been proven time and time again in all industries, no competition creates stagnation and your own products decline because there's nothing to push you to be better.
Yeah, the roles are constantly reversing. Last gen Microsoft had the lead and Sony had to do better with PS4 and it did, I'm sure the same will happen next time. Competition breeds excellence.
Right without competition, the industry goes stagnant
Phil is being honest and I feel the same way, as a gamer I don't want any gaming company to fail, it is the same reason I did not want Sony with PS3 during the last generation to fail and I don't want Nintendo with WiiU to fail. Overall the gaming landscape is healthy and I just want the incredible games to keep coming. Well said Phil.
Thats very admirable. Shame some of the fans arent nearly as polite. Shame that the marketing department for both consoles only encourages it...
Agreed. Not sure what they think they're winning by bickering about game consoles...
Naww the fans are never gonna be appreciative unfortunately because they don't understand buissness. Competition breeds excellence, simple.
Definitely true, because everyone tries to come up with something new and better to top the competitors.
I'm just glad they finally told Greenburg to STFU
I think we can all get behind this statement.
Haha...... At least 3 people won't.
Well done, Spencer !
So anti VR, anti console war, and pro ps4 sales . . . just the headlines today alone sounds like damage control. Emphasis on "sounds like". I know its not actual damage controlling . . .
Can you STFU Spencer, Thank you. :)
Can you? Thank you. :3
Yeah when they ask him a question, he should just sit their in silence because you can't stand the sound of a gaming exec not stirring. Get over it
It would be fun if he would that tho... I would watch that on youtube.
Well he can communicate by release his farts in Morris code. Thats one way of communicating without talking. ;) Im just kidding. I understand why some people are annoyed at seeing articles about this man several times a week but it really isn't a big deal. All they have to do is not click on them if it bothers them so much. Now what does annoy me is when sites take one interview from anyone and produce a ton of click bait articles out of it. This is something that many sites do and in my opinion isnt really needed.
Come on Phil. Talk too much about PS.
Yup. MS seems more concerned about what Sony is doing/not doing. They can't stop talking about them. The dishonesty in what they say is immense. pretty much take every single statement and flip it, then you will understand what they are really saying.
You do realise that this is the same Gamespot interview that has been recycled several times right? Tbh you probably do but that hater mentality of yours will ensure that a post like yours is forthcoming regardless of acknowledging that fact.
the interview might be the same, but that doesn't take away from the fact that it was spoken, and the fact that it keeps showing up in article after article in systematic and continuous fashion is what is interesting. Don't you think that the fact that the articles come out in intervals gives the impression that its new content? I sure do. In the entertainment industry, before someone is interviewed, they provide a list of items/topic/questions that are admissible. Please , Please don't assume that any of this is coincidence. Because its not. Edit: I REALLY disagree with my mentality being "hater". Its not. I just don't like my intelligence insulted. That's all.
It's not his fault hit seeking journalism results in his interview being regurgitated is it? So why are you blaming ms then? You want him to sit there in paralysis. Its unfortunate you take issue with the fact that I believe you're a hater, but you've given me very little to believe otherwise. All your posts seem to stem from pure hate for the brand. I don't get any sort of indication whatsoever of any genuine concern but hey, what do I know about what your intentions truly are.
@Septic well, first of, yes it is. The interview is the legal property of both MS and the company who did the interview. They have a contract. Either MS had allowed the interviewing company to use the interview for a specific purpose, or they have given them a right to the property in a way that they can then turn around and sell it to others. But from the looks of things, the whole interview is used as a mouth piece for MS to make its case to the public. The fact that the interview keeps showing up in different forms is by design. Somebody had to have given the green light for a specific type of right to be granted to journalists, and somebody had to have given them the right to ask those particular questions in the interview. That somebody is Microsoft. This guys is the PR face of MS. this is his job. Compare his conduct to those of Yoshida. There is a big difference. As to what you think of me. That is your prerogative. You are entitled to it. But, I don't know how you get the idea that "all my comments stem from pure hate". I don't even generally comment in MS articles unless if they have something to do with Playstation. I tend to keep to Playstation articles not because I don't like MS, but because I like Playstation. Most of my comments are about how I like this or that. I don't do this purposely, so I might even talk about how I'm interested in a MS exclusive, which I'm pretty sure I've done before. This is more than I can say about you though. I see you on PS articles all the time down playing or trying to take people's hype away. That is the type of behavior that I would NEVER do. I would NEVER go to a MS game's article just to bash it (at least not w/in the recent memory). I don't do that. But if I believe that people are being illogical, I will point them out. So, no, my comments are not fueled by hate. But I do hate it when people try to destroy the joy of other gamers by stealth trolling.
Sony and Naughty Dog has talked plenty about MS. I think MS has earned a turn.
I Know right. It's not like he was asked questions in an interview or anything, He Just Keeps Going On And On abou- Oh wait.
ahhh. the gullibility in this thread is just so heartwarming..lol good thing savior spencer was never part of the original ms bunch who decided what draconian features should be forced on the gaming industry.....oh wait...
I like that...guilt by association. Sound reasoning... /s
oh no im pretty sure back then he vehemently disagreed and opposed those features and fought for each and every one of your rights. he wouldn't want any one of you to be sad, agree? thank you very much for proving my point...*giggles*
Leaguer... you are pretty funny. So according to you because a policy/program is introduced at a company then everyone at the company agreed with that program/ policy and was all for it? Man I need to live in your world...nobody would ever disagree and we would all just get along! "giggles".
Cloud gaming will fail as people like physical media they want to own something. That crackdown was great but so was just cause 3 destruction and red faction.. Phil Spencer seem.like smoke and mirrors sometimes maybe he genuine I dunno it's business end of the day
electric cars will fail because people like their gas fueled cars... internet based movie services will fail because people like their cable tv and internet isn't fast enough... Downloadable music will fail because people like their CD's... all those arguments were heard and are similar to your hanging on to physical media but as the tech grows so too does change in industry.
PS4 does 1080p most of the time the other console doesn't. Casuals hear this they go buy that console.The console war was over before it even started. xbox one has an image problem not a games problem or features problem. MS vision for the console has came too late, does who bought the xbox one saw it, but only now people are getting it after seeing that crackdown demo. DX12 also coming too late to change sales now. All we know is MS will not lose the next console fight.