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Why the head of Xbox isn’t worried about AI, Netflix or the future

Phil Spencer talks with Polygon about the future of living games, Xbox, AI, and more.

Jin_Sakai348d ago (Edited 348d ago )

“My strategy isn’t to steal their customers,” Spencer said of his longtime rivals. “We’re really looking at new customers, new creators, and that being kind of a real critical component of our strategy.”

Continues to buy the worlds largest 3rd party publisher and give the Sony 10 years to come up with a CoD alternative or else buy a Xbox to play CoD.

Aloymetal348d ago

The amount of BS this dude spews every time he opens his trap is just amazing. I don't really blame him cause he knows how to manipulate their fan base and media, he could easily sell ice to them in Alaska.

Obscure_Observer348d ago

"Continues to buy the worlds largest 3rd party publisher and give the Sony 10 years to come up with a CoD alternative or else buy a Xbox to play CoD."

Or you can ditch Xbox consoles (like you said you did) and play those games on PC, Samsung TVs, Tablets, Mobile, Rog Ally, Steam Deck and possibly, even on Nintendo´s console in the near future. Assuming that you have more love for games than your Playstation, of course.

MrDead348d ago

Yeah lets all get on Xbox, the platform that's currently cannibalizing games sales according to MS and just rent games, I'm sure that won't come back to bite us... and the workforce that'll be cut from receiving residuals.

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Obscure_Observer348d ago

@MrDead

"Yeah lets all get on Xbox, the platform that's currently cannibalizing games sales according to MS and just rent games, I'm sure that won't come back to bite us"

Well, so start by supporting Sony instead of MS. Is that simple.

Tacoboto348d ago

"...and the workforce that'll be cut"

Are we forgetting that Sony basically killed their Japan Studio and reduced it to Team Asobi, and this year they cancelled a GaaS title that resulted in mass layoffs across two partner studios? All while PS5 sales and profits and mindshare soar. In 2020 they shuttered an internal VR studio too.

"xbox buying up the industry"

Lol yeah as if Sony's desperately grasping in the air for leftover third parties to attract, that's why we got allll those first party world premieres at their PS Showcase right? Hmm I wonder what the take is on Embracer too, having purchased significantly more studios and IP and has so far mismanaged almost everything they've touched...

Jin_Sakai348d ago

“like you said you did) and play those games on PC, Samsung TVs, Tablets, Mobile, Rog Ally, Steam Deck and possibly, even on Nintendo´s console“

Literally no one buys anything you mentioned to play CoD. Console and PC are the way to play and will continue to be. Stop the hyperbole.

Tacoboto348d ago

"Literally no one buys anything you mentioned to play CoD. Console and PC..."

Uhhh PC, Rog Ally, and Steam Deck are all part of "PC". Especially PC. Lol you're not even reading anymore, you're just ranting because Xbox is in a sentence.

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Godmars290348d ago

@Obscure_Observer:
"Well, so start by supporting Sony instead of MS. Is that simple."

Given Xbox's in 3rd place, that choice was made long ago.

Nevermind that for all the streaming talk, that's still years away from being any kind of factor.

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Antifan348d ago

MS buying CoD is bad. This will kick off a console war of both companies buying up IPs and 3rd parties to outdo the other. It will be an arms race, but a race to the bottom. We can't allow this kind of destabilization in the market. All gamers lose regardless. PS fans lose because now they'll have to spend extra on a system they don't want, and Xbox fans lose because now MS doesn't have to make good games anymore, just buy'em out. Monopolies don't do anything but hurt the consumer, and drive the quality of the product into the dirt.

giovonni348d ago

But they won’t have to buy an Xbox to play it because it will still be on PlayStation for ten years. And how does that Xbox doesn’t have to make good games even make sense… you do know they still have to compete right? Next define monopoly and tell us how this applies to this situation?

343_Guilty_Spark348d ago

Chill man. You’ve been angry all week for no good reason.

Ninver347d ago

His ability to lie is a skill in itself

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Magog348d ago

"But as you know, video games have a very different financial model than video. A lot of the video games that are out there are kind of a financial engine unto themselves. So for us, when we think about Game Pass, it’s as much about curation and distribution as it is value."

Straight from his mouth. Gamepass exists to turn every game into a storefront.

isarai348d ago

It's like a mall, only you can't buy anything, only rent it.

MrDead348d ago

“My strategy isn’t to steal their customers,” Close your legs Phillip, your breath stinks.

Only the true MS sycophants that lap up the feculent splatter of little phil will believe this bs. If it wasn't to steal customers then why not leave multiplatform publishers multiplatform?

purple101348d ago

You raise a fair point..

I reckon Sony customers (wel a lot of people actually) are more than clever enough to see through what they say and do and won't be switching back however many publishers they buy

jznrpg347d ago

Yeah f MS and what they are trying to do to gaming

EasilyTheBest348d ago

The way Microsoft is positioning themselves, I really think that they will try & buy Netflix further down the line. Gamepass & Netflix as one thing would be one hell of a marketing advantage, Netflix could be the first of the Film streaming services to have all the big games.
It would be huge.

Armyofdarkness348d ago

Good idea. BUT, listen to this: They should make a box that you can plug your TV cable into while also being capable of playing games!! It’ll be the center of people’s living room experience.

giovonni347d ago

That’s not how that works. The latter company would want to be brought, and Netflix is trying to break into the streaming gaming market.

northpaws348d ago

Every Bethesda and Activation/Blizzard games were releasing on both platforms, they didn't have to spend a penny there. And then they spent and trying to spend a total of 76 billions... 19 YEARS of current Gamepass revenue (not even profit), just so millions of gamers won't have access to them, and XBox gamers gained ZERO games.

And people compare this to a single studio purchase Insomniac, a studio has always been releasing games on PS exclusively, and then released an amazing game on XBox but Xbox gamers didn't give an F, so they went back to Sony, and now became first party.

giovonni347d ago (Edited 347d ago )

No it wasn’t, Sony was already up to their own normal tactics trying to claim some sort of exclusivity for Starfield. The same thing they did with Final Fantasy remake, Street fighter, and other games, making it harder for other consoles to compete. I don’t understand why this is so hard for some people to not recognize that this is the same thing as buying a publisher. Sony is dictating when where and how certain popular games should be released. And Insomniac did not always release their games exclusively on Sony. ( fuse and sunset over drive). And those millions of so called gamers are choosing not to have access because their feelings are hurt because their favorite company isn’t getting the game not because it isn’t available. Stop acting like spoiled brats and turning this into a moral issue because it’s not.

northpaws347d ago

"I don’t understand why this is so hard for some people to not recognize that this is the same thing as buying a publisher."

Because it is not the same thing as buying a publisher. Are you missing every single games from Capcom and SquareEnix?

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purple1014d ago

still none the wiser,