Microsoft on Xbox One vs. PS4 -- "We Want to Be Number One"

"We're in this for the long-term and the company is committed to making that happen," UK marketing executive says.

The Xbox One may be lagging behind the PlayStation 4 right now in terms of worldwide sales, but Microsoft is determined to come out on top when all is said and done. Speaking with CVG, Xbox UK marketing executive Harvey Eagle outlined his vision for the Xbox One platform, which includes bringing more people to gaming in general and "winning" this console generation.

"There's a few things I'd like us to achieve. If I take a long-term view, I want Xbox to play a role in bringing more people into gaming," Eagle said. "I think it's incumbent on those who make console platforms to ultimately grow the market. Otherwise we're just trading the same customers amongst each other."

"Microsoft is a very ambitious company, and we want to be number one."-- Harvey Eagle

"There are other success measures, and market share is certainly a very important one. Microsoft is a very ambitious company, and we want to be number one," he added. "We're in this for the long-term and the company is committed to making that happen."

In addition, Eagle said it's Microsoft's job to "give people fun," and ensure that they are happy. "When feedback is positive, obviously we're human and we get a nice warm fuzzy feeling," he said.

The longtime Microsoft executive, who joined the company in 2000, also praised new Head of Xbox Phil Spencer who, Eagle said, brought a "degree of consistency and focus" to the Xbox business unit. "We know where we need to get to, what we need to do, and we're completely laser-focused on delivering great games," Eagle said.

Furthermore, Eagle said that the strong launch of Respawn Entertainment's shooter Titanfall has given the Xbox One a jolt of momentum. And while Microsoft is encouraged by this, there is still much more work to do to drive console sales even further, he explained.

"The change started to happen when Titanfall was released in March, it's been a hugely successful title and the start of what I believe to be is the momentum shift," Eagle said.

Some of the improvements to the Xbox One platform since launch, Eagle said, include the release of the Kinect-free Xbox One, the official price drop for the UK, the expansion of the Games with Gold program, and the steady flow of monthly system updates.

"It's the cumulative effect of all those things over a period of time that has seen this momentum shift for us," Eagle added. "There's still work to do to increase sales. The momentum shift is something to be encouraged by, but certainly there's more work to be done. We do need to see this grow and continue over a period of time. With such a strong lineup of games coming out over the next six months, I think that's going to increase momentum."

As a means to improve the Xbox One further, Eagle said Microsoft will keep its ears to the ground and take in all feedback from users. "We won't stop listening and responding. If that means we have to change in the future based on what people are asking for, then we're completely committed to doing that," he said.

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Discussion

373 comments
johngele13
johngele13

Xbox lost, i dont understant why they still think they are better than PS4.

Master_Overlord
Master_Overlord

xbox have never been number one and most probably never will. its an american console, as shitty as american cars.

iambattlecry
iambattlecry

All you Xbox fans crying foul about a product Microsoft made inferior to Sony. I game on both platforms,I remember how horribly Xbox 360 owners bashed the PS3 to death. When there was no logical reason to do so, now that Xbox fans getting a dose of their own medicine. Its like the bully being bullied and looking for some to help them. I laugh myself to death reading these Xbox loyalists, being mad at the success of the PS4. Like when PS4 had some bad units when they Launch. Xbox fans did it again bashed. What happened at Xbox One Launched samething bad units. And Once Xbox One fans get mad when PS4 fans bash back.

Sony didn't make the Xbox One nor didPlayStation loyalists. Hell they're just giving Xbox fans what they deserve. Hey I know some Xbox fan will say "fanboy much" lol. But its just the stonecold truth, that Xbox diehards can't handle the PS4's success.

Xbox fans Shut up& Suck it up PS fans keep sticking it to them they asked for it.

kdavenport88
kdavenport88

Xbox needs PS4 and PS4 needs Xbox...

God needs the Devil. The Beatles needed The Rolling Stones. Even Diane Sawyer needed Katie Couric. Will you be my Katie Couric?

Jean Girard


poopoohed
poopoohed

LOL gotta love microshaft's PR team. Just keep acknowledging that your platform sucks with these statements :P

shawnjohn
shawnjohn

Well who wants to be 2nd. Xb1 is my system of choice. I simply play where i have more fun. I cant see power so ps4 was never an option. Unless you consider 1080 power what else can you really say for ps4. Ive run into a few of ps4 owners on xbl. They didnt have much to say but they switched. Sometimes it what your use to. I guess. But i think sales are on the up anyway for some reason. Who cares. Play games

Fursnake
Fursnake

Harvey Eagle...is he related to Harvey Birdman, Attorney At Law?

thekazumalord
thekazumalord

sorry microsucks.. your not going win over the PS4.. it's a simple fact that your company doesn't know what it's doing

That-Guy-Jeff
That-Guy-Jeff

I feel Microsoft is trying to win every one over except those of us who actually bought the thing. I'm selling mine and I've convinced all four of my brothers to buy PS4.

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

Hey MS; maybe if you stop with BS decissions, one day gamers are willing to buy your products?

Hiraishin
Hiraishin

Microsoft failed so hard. I sold my Xbox one and got new parts for a gaming PC. This failure was a nudge to go PC master race and I don't regret it

tony56723
tony56723

I wish everyone would stop trying be "number 1." God I just hate console wars

slaytrix_allday
slaytrix_allday

Please MS, please please please, figure out a way for us to remote play the xbox one. With not enough time in the day for everything, having access to my xbox one whenever and wherever would make the difference between me turning my xbox one on, or letting it continue to collect dust.

brocklee5000
brocklee5000

Yeah if titanfall changed the momentum then why did they drop Kinect and price of Xbone shortly after? Price drops this early in the game means there's trouble in paradise.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Well, you're not.  Your console is weaker, it cost more until recently, and you alienated even hardcore 360 fans with your proposed DRM.  You lost.  #dealwithit

pedrovnone
pedrovnone

Microsoft should stabilish a comunication more more consistent discussing with us about our ideas given in feedback user voice site. In my opinion Xbox one offers better games than PS4 right now, but to convince people that Xbox one is the best choice, they should quickly offer us more AAA exclusive games than paying for time exclusive games. I am sure there are many talented people and good ideas needing investiments. Sun set overdrive is an example. Beyound this Microsoft also own the rights of games already claimed like: Banjoo, Conker, Perfect Dart...


Well, now, i am at home bored because i have nothing new to play... I hope a feed as soon as possible... now, we need at least more new announcements for 2015 and 2014.

Rovelius
Rovelius

>whines and cries about being number one

>spends E3 showing numbers and crap


Micro$oft

hexadecimal255
hexadecimal255

Both sides have never been run by gamers, so they delegate creative thinking to people with emotions rather than corporate positions. Some how it seems that Microsoft employed Nosferatu and told him to just suck them dry.


"There's a few things I'd like us to achieve. If I take a long-term view, I want Xbox to play a role in bringing more people into gaming," Eagle said. "I think it's incumbent on those who make console platforms to ultimately grow the market. Otherwise we're just trading the same customers amongst each other."

This statement should not have been said. It show just how out of touch Microsoft are. It has been the goal of every person making money to "grow the market", it make me wonder WTF they were doing before this comment was said? "these consumers are almost dry Spence, shall we get another train load in?"


ah well good luck to them. it takes a lot of time and effort to stagnate an industry.

phil_75
phil_75

Xbox go home you're an embarrassment!

purplestone6988
purplestone6988

its just going to get worse for MS once OR and Morpheus come out. I mean MS has said they have no VR plans and i honestly think VR is going to bring refreshment to the in-home experience and if nothing else it will present a new array of games and experiences. MS really needs to get the move on.

CptRexKramer
CptRexKramer

Then stop talking constantly about how you want to be number one and actually DO something about it!  Here's a thought.  How about, oh, I don't know, having some decent games to play!  I have a 360, and for the most part, have been very happy with it.  I had no intention of upgrading to next gen, really didn't see the point.  But the missus won an Xbox One on a ring toss game, all for only a pound.  So that's nice.  Get to hooking the system up, start looking around for some new games to try, and.............  Titanfall?  That's it?  No other exclusives or Xbox One only games?  Got Wolfenstein.  While it was enjoyable, I finished that in a few days (And I could have got it on the 360.).  And now there's nothing to play until...... Destiny?  Which I can get on the 360 as well.  There is simply nothing to play worth a damn on the One right now.  And that is simply unacceptable.  Why bother releasing a new system if there's nothing to play on it.  It's a shame, really. It's a nice system, but as of right now, it's pretty pointless.

poopoohed
poopoohed

poopoohed to microsoft: Too f**king bad. lol

TristanPR77
TristanPR77

Microsoft have never won a console generation. Best chance they had was last gen and they couldn't.

electrichobo99
electrichobo99

Well that's fine and all, but until the MS sumbucks build a more extensive must-own exclusive library of content, I'm happy with my "day one edition" PS4 and a soon to be acquired Wiik U MK8 bundle for nostalgic purposes. The big three always ostensibly compliment on each other on successes but in actuality want nothing more than failure from the competition. Quit being so greedy MS

nortonblocksolo
nortonblocksolo

IT'S A LOT OF PEOPLE TALKING BAD ABOUT THE XBOX ONE ITS FUNNY BUT I THINK IT'S THE SAME PEOPLE THAT WAS TALKING BAD ABOUT THE XBOX 360 ........FOR ALL YOU PEOPLE THAT DON'T LIKE MICROSOFT OR THE XBOX ONE ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS NOT COME TO THE ARTICLES ABOUT MICROSOFT AND XBOX ONE THAT ALL YOU HAVE TO DO ...ps PlayStation fun boys what to the feel how they feel

skiggy34
skiggy34

@That-Guy-Jeff I love mine......  I own ps4 also but there is nothing on ps4 in the next 2 yrs that would make me sell my xbox one and go only ps4...  Thats foolish, especially when there are so many good games coming to xbox one and I honestly feel that xbox one is going to be the console that has all the best exclusives this time around.  I like my ps4 but I love my xbox one...

tha_proph3t
tha_proph3t

Anything you can play world of warcrap on shouldn't be purchased by men

starjay009
starjay009

@Hiraishin You could have said that in a different way without having to insult those who love their XB1s. This is the problem I have with 'some' PC gamers like you. Big mouths ! 

tony56723
tony56723

I'm just sick of the consoles wars. I wish gamers would just focus on having fun instead of trying to prove who's games and consoles are "serperior."

Gixzr
Gixzr

@tony56723 Oh I know,  just make cool games & stop churning bad game after bad after bad....I'd rather pay twice as much for a really good game, than have to pick which one i dislike less.  

skiggy34
skiggy34

@purplestone6988 No one is going to buy VR when it first comes out.... Sony should focus their money on better games for ps4 instead of whats going to be an over prices headset...  Wake up...

northArrow
northArrow

@CptRexKramer I cannot agree with this more, I'm completely unimpressed with the Xbox's line up right now. There is literally not a single exclusive that I want to play on it and only one coming out (Quantum Break) that even remotely interests me. Microsoft is definitely concentrating on their "dudebro" audience and abandoning everyone else

iammcgruber
iammcgruber

@CptRexKramer I think they have great games to play, Forza, Dead Rising 3, Killer Instinct, Titanfall, Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare amongs others for now, and still to come in 2014, Halo Master Chief collection (Which tea-bags TLOU remastered), Ori and the Blind Forest, Forza Horizon 2, Sunset Overdrive, Killer Instinct season 2, Project Spark, Disney Fantasia. Don't quite know what more you want from them in terms of decent games to play. That's not including all the multiplats and most indies.

oflow
oflow

@electrichobo99 dont really see the logic in blasting MS for being greedy and lacking exclusives but fanboying it up for your PS4 when PS4 currently has fewer exclusives than X1 and PSNow will be launching rentals that could cost up to $20 for a rental.

mikees1
mikees1

Wrong! I'm a former 360 player (still have and use it occasionally) who jumped to ps4 because I wanted a true next gen console, not a minor upgrade on the one I already have with a camera I didn't want. I never bashed the 360, but I've played an X1 and was bored within an hour.

david_goddard
david_goddard

I don't think that had to be in all caps but way to express your opinion

johnny572
johnny572

@nortonblocksolo  If you actually read more than a few of the comments then you would see that many many of us had an Xbox 360 last gen. And I would define a fan boy as someone who purchases an outrageously uncompetitive product, due to some kind of misguided sense of loyalty, that they feel towards a big corporation that has treated its customers, partners such as developers, and the industry in general with utter contempt. Microsoft are getting burned badly- and they deserve it.

mikees1
mikees1

No he's not. People said the same about motion controls, but the first Wii was a major success and the doubters hid their embarrassed faces! MS has released a minor upgrade on a 360 with absolutely no innovation what so ever.

CptRexKramer
CptRexKramer

@iammcgruber 

Yes, but most of these games are nothing more than sequels or rehashes;  the same old same old.  Not really much in the way of originality.  I realize most console launches fall into that trap, but that's inexcusable as well.  And your right, there are some interesting games coming out towards the end of the year.  But until then........?  There simply hasn't been anything exciting, original, or exclusive to the Xbox One to justify buying it.  Titanfall's not bad, but it's not the end all be all event that it was made out to be.  AND, it plays just as good on the 360.  I just think MS has a lot of catching up to do.  They should have talked less and produced more for the launch, in my humble opinion.

MegyeriJ
MegyeriJ

@iammcgruber @CptRexKramer Well Titanfall and Dead Rising 3 are also available on PC, as is Project Spark. Second you can't really compare Halo to TLOU as they are completely different games. A better comparison would be to Killzone. Disney Fantasia??? really dude......hand over your man card.

zeke1220
zeke1220

@oflow @electrichobo99 Without knowing the duration of the rental, that $20 figure means absolutely nothing. Try being a little more impartial.

Vylsith
Vylsith

@oflow @electrichobo99 Because getting upset that you don't like a service that you don't even need to use makes a lot of sense.  Especially since the prices are beta prices and could easily change by launch (that's pretty common practice for networks).  I'll agree that Playstation Now is ridiculously expensive, but that doesn't make the PS4 any less of a decent game console.  Both consoles need more games.

I think some people are being juvenile with their attacks on the Xbox One, but realize that Microsoft created a bitter atmosphere toward their product for the entire second half of last generation.  Putting out one or two exclusives a year and focusing on Kinect after promising that wouldn't happen pissed off a lot of people.  Hopefully that'll change now, and I'd love a reason to get a Xbox One.  I owned all three consoles in the PS2 generation.  The Xbox 360 really disappointed me.  Microsoft needs to learn that some gamers like variety.  Everything doesn't have to be a shooter.

oflow
oflow

@johnny572 'outrageously uncompetitive'? Really? Your fanboy is showing.

nortonblocksolo
nortonblocksolo

Yo to keep it real with all this bullshit that playstation fan boys are doing It's going to make people go to microphone because you hear all this talk then you go to the PlayStation4 then you find out that its nothing more then a new looking playstation 3.......remember what im telling you MICROSOFT is going to come off on top

skiggy34
skiggy34

@mikees1 Yeah, but in a weak economy the Wii was a cheap console.  VR is going to cost +$400 easily...

iammcgruber
iammcgruber

@MegyeriJ @iammcgruber @CptRexKramer I'm just listing off games, someone out there will like and buy it. there's a market for it is all. I'm right there with ya, it looks pretty lame, but just because we don't like it doesn't mean kids and disney fanatics won't. As for as PC games go, the same could be said about some of sony's games. If someone had a good gaming PC they wouldn't be worrying about decent games from either MS or Sony.
 

Vylsith
Vylsith

@oflow @johnny572 True or not, that's pretty close to the public impression of the Xbox One.  Maybe it'll change over the course of the generation, but if you're expecting a turn around any time soon, you're in for a pretty big disappointment.  Sony would really have to drop the ball this generation to lose their reputation, and judging on the past three generations that's very unlikely to happen.  Sony has great first party developers.  I'm sure we'll see some amazing games on both platforms, but Microsoft needs more first party developers if they want to keep up.

mikees1
mikees1

New looking ps3? Hahaha, you do realise the ps4 wipes the floor with x1 don't you? You do also realise x1 is just an upgraded 360? Slightly better graphics. But still stale.

MegyeriJ
MegyeriJ

@nortonblocksolo LOL whatever your smoking I want some. The only bullshit I hear is that coming from MS. Look hear, the Xbox one is more of a new looking Xbox 360 than the the PS4 is a new looking PS3. PS4 is more powerfull, and more efficient and  it's smaller then the PS3 was. MS had to make the Xbox One the size of a F'n VCR just to make sure it doesn't overheat.... 

MegyeriJ
MegyeriJ

@iammcgruber Not true MOST of sony's exclusives are never released on PC, especially their first party games. Gears was on PC, as was the first two Halos, Adam Wake, Titanfall...

oflow
oflow

@MegyeriJ The facts are X1 has more upcoming exclusives and more exclusives being released this year.  

All you 'more power' people cant see the forest for the trees.  The fact is the PS4 has no good games but indies currently and wont have any real exclusives til 2015.  I buy a console for games not to brag on the specs which is all the Sony fanboys have at this point.

I always hear Sony people talking crap about how bad the X1 is but I never hear them talking about how great any games are on the PS4. 

The games will do the talking and by mid 2015 all the people that fell for Sony's hoodwink will start to feel the burn when theres maybe one AAA exclusive actually released on the PS4 in almost two years.

Most of their big name AAA exclusives arent even scheduled to come out til Q4 2015.



mikees1
mikees1

It has no exclusives I'm interested in. Plus multiplatforms look better on ps4 so I've plenty to occupy me until the superior Sony exclusive arrive.

david_goddard
david_goddard

I agree somewhat of what your saying but Ryse: Son Of Rome was horrible. Dead Rising 3 wasn't that good either

dannyjdavidson
dannyjdavidson

Xbox One:

Sunset Overdrive

Halo 5

Quantum Break

Scalebound

Fable Legends

Crackdown

PS4:

LittleBigPlanet 3

Driveclub

The Order 1886

Uncharted 4

Bloodborne

Deep Down

Let It Die

Everybody's Gone To The Rapture

Shadow of The Beast

No Man's Sky

MegyeriJ
MegyeriJ

@oflow @MegyeriJ So you have never heard of Infamous, Uncharted 4, Drive Club, Deep Down, Kill Zone, The Order, MLB The show, LBP 3, No Man's sky, BloodBorne, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, Moto GP 14, Deep Down...Thats just Sony exclusives, then we have console exclusives like H1Z1, Planetside 2, DC Universe, Loadout, Warframe, BlackLight, you want me to keep going? 


We don't talk about how great games on the PS4 are because it would just be twisting the knife in the side of you fanboys.

poopoohed
poopoohed

pfff you sound mad lol. Xbox's riegn of terror is over, accept it.

Vylsith
Vylsith

@oflow @MegyeriJ Infamous is a pretty awesome game.  Your fanboy is showing.  Bloodborne looks amazing.  The Order looks pretty great too, and Uncharted will undoubtedly be amazing like usual.  It's fine that you like the Xbox more, but try to be a little more aware of the difference between opinion and fact.

iammcgruber
iammcgruber

@dannyjdavidson This is the most biased list I have ever seen. Way to leave off several MS games to make Sony look beter... Where is Halo Master chief collection, Ori and the Blind Forest, Below, Killer instinct season 2, Project Spark, Forza Horizon 2, D4, Disney Fantasia, and I'm sure theres more... Note only 2 of these are indie, I thought it only fair since you added indies to make Sony's list look bigger... Nice try.

dannyjdavidson
dannyjdavidson

If small indies like Below count then here is the true list for the systems:

Xbox One:

Sunset Overdrive

Halo 5

Quantum Break

Crackdown

Scalebound

Phantom Dust

Halo Collection

Fable Legends

Below

Ori and The Blind Forest

D4

(I'm not counting new releases that are also releasing on last gen consoles such as Project Spark)

PS4:

Driveclub

LittleBigPlanet 3

The Order 1886

Uncharted 4

Bloodborne

Shadow of The Beast

Everybody's Gone To The Rapture

Deep Down

Let It Die

No Man's Sky

Without Memory

Rime

The Last of Us Remastered

Ratchet & Clank Remastered

ABZU

Velocity 2X

The Binding of Isaac Rebirth

Secret Ponchos

H1Z1

Planetside 2

Kingdom Under Fire 2

Loadout

(I'm aware that I may be missing a couple out of both lists)

iammcgruber
iammcgruber

@dannyjdavidson http://www.gamespot.com/articles/no-mans-sky-will-have-traditional-multiplayer-but-/1100-6420982/ 


Read the last paragraph.


http://kotaku.com/kingdom-under-fire-ii-coming-to-ps4-itll-be-out-one-1462824232

This says that they just haven't announced the Xbox One version yet, doesn't meant it's not going to happen. Nice try though, again, trying to make Sony's list look bigger with Re-masters and games that you have no idea or not if they are really not coming only to ps4

dannyjdavidson
dannyjdavidson

I added Halo Collection which is a remaster just like The Last of Us Remastered and Ratchet And Clank Remastered. Also, No Man's Sky won't be coming to Xbox One because of their indie policy. The lists are fair, even if you only include big budget non remasters, this is then the list:

Xbox One:

Sunset Overdrive

Halo 5

Quantum Break

Crackdown

Scalebound

Phantom Dust

Fable Legends

D4

PS4:

Driveclub

LittleBigPlanet 3

The Order 1886

Uncharted 4

Bloodborne

Deep Down

Let It Die

H1Z1

Planetside 2

No Man's Sky

Everybody's Gone To The Rapture

And wait for Gamescom. The AAA list will probably double.

mikees1
mikees1

No, that list is the superior list. And titanfal is 5hit! Wouldn't make me get a a 360 1.5 (x1) at all.

dannyjdavidson
dannyjdavidson

@kaboochimonky

Can you name any more for Xbox? And Titanfall wasn't next gen, it was on 360 too. Besides, not everyone loves FPS. Not everyone wants to play Titanfall, Call of Duty and Destiny. Infamous Second Son is the best next gen game I've played so far.

iammcgruber
iammcgruber

@dannyjdavidson I listed 2 indies on my list because you listed two indies on your original list...but way to show that  sony is only good for making indies....Greatness awaits for you in 2015..lol at all the remasters.