Microsoft -- Sony has "done a nice job" with PlayStation 4

Xbox executive Phil Spencer praises the way in which Sony stayed true to their vision for the new console; says Nintendo has an "amazing" first-party lineup.

Microsoft Game Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer is in the business of selling Xbox Ones, but that has not kept him from speaking out to praise his competition recently. In an interview with OXM, Spencer spoke kindly about Sony, saying the company has "done a nice job" with the PlayStation 4, especially the way in which the publisher has supported studios like Heavy Rain creator Quantic Dream and stayed true to its vision for the platform.

"Sony--and I'm focused on first-party because of what I do--I really respect their focus on investing in new things and creative things, what they've done with David Cage and Quantic Dream around Beyond [Two Souls] and Heavy Rain; they stay committed to franchises even if they don't sell 10 million units, they'll stay committed to things," Spencer said.

"I think that long-term commitment to franchises is important, where it's easy to pull off the Band-Aid and move onto the next thing [if it doesn't sell]. I respect their 'stick-to-it-iveness'. I'll say, they've done a nice job with PS4 [...] When I think about their announcement, their clear focus on a customer, leading with the value proposition of what they're trying to do, staying true to a vision, I think they've done a nice job in how they defined the PS4."

This is not the first time Microsoft has cheered on Sony. When the PS4 launched in North America on November 15, various Xbox executives spoke out to congratulate Sony on releasing their new console. In addition, Microsoft's Aaron Greenberg said last month that strong early sales for the Xbox One and PS4 is "great news" for the industry.

Spencer also applauded Nintendo, describing the Mario maker's first-party catalog as "amazing."

"Nintendo, I think--and there's some argument about this--that their first-party is such an amazing asset," he said. "Their first-party studios and IP can lead what they do as a company and the platforms are almost in service to the IP--not in a bad way."

Part of the reason why Microsoft's new fighting game Killer Instinct is attractive to gamers, Spencer said, is because of the franchise's history on Nintendo platforms. This history can help players feel connected, Spencer argued.

"Obviously, the history of Killer Instinct isn't a history on Xbox, but it's Rare's history and I think the reaction when we announced it on-stage at E3 showed that playing to the people's heart, I think Nintendo does that as well as anybody in terms of hitting the franchises and having huge success with them," he said.

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hitomo
hitomo

this is so cheap ... they wan to deem the PS4 as a childs toy and establish the Xbox as an full fledgedout enertainment System for adults ... thats the strategy ... there is even a southpark Episode about that console war wich seems to be sponsored by Microsoft to propagde esxactly what I just wrote ... look it up

cctv100
cctv100

What is the noun for "hypocritical"?

Biotasticmeat
Biotasticmeat

This is a good move by Microsoft. Being an adult about all his even with X1 sales lagging a bit behind the PS4 will prove that Microsoft still has some class. I personally believe his sincerity. Loving my Xbox One and here's to BOTH consoles doing well and making awesome games this generation. That's right fanboy's, I said both! >:D

franzito
franzito

Still, I have no reasons to buy next gen up to now.

Ayebang
Ayebang

Did anyone believe that Gamespot is the Sony propaganda ?

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Quit with the frivolous interview and get back to making One games! I'm almost done with DR3 and I need something stat! Don't make me buy a WiiU!

tightwad34
tightwad34

Maybe he's just trying to get more sales, I mean of course he's trying to get more sells. I just really hope he's not patronizing Sony as well as us.

ceromaster
ceromaster

If there's one thing that the comments section for articles like this prove to the outside world, it's that gamers spend too much time circle-jerking rather than playing video games.

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

Why is it every time when one has the power and is in full control of things you never see them be nice to or say good things about those struggling to get to that full control yet when they don't have that power and full control you suddenly see and hear them display a share sense of sincerity? It's pretty cool Mr. Spencer speaks great things about his company's competitors and their systems and strategies they take but i often question, had it been Microsoft in control with more sales on systems and better strategies and games being put out, would this same form of sincerity have been on display? I never really saw it with the 360 or 1st XBOX when they had the market with more dominance for a while yet when it's not in their favor you see and hear generous words being talked about the competition. Don't want to be the guy calling them out but it makes you question things! Don't get me wrong as it's sort of a 2 way street too as Sony has the market now but you don't see them saying anything good about their competitors, then again, even when they didn't have the majority of the market they pretty much didn't say anything nice then either, lol!

thomasn7
thomasn7

Not sure why Microsoft is being so nice to Sony. It isn't like Sony is praising the Xbox One. Microsoft must have an ace in the hole somewhere , so they can afford to be nice...

sortajan
sortajan

I don't have much faith in the sincerity here. I'd like to, but I don't. I think he's just being a snake.


It'd be nice to be proven wrong though.

fabs1
fabs1

The only thing that surprises me more than people still buying an Xbox One after what these individuals tried to pull is that people still listen to the excuses of these clowns.

A8ADD0N
A8ADD0N

I agree that they have done a great job in creating a great console, but I also think Microsoft has done a great job with the Xbox One in the sense that they have basically had to reverse everything they initially planned for the console and it still managed to launch with a small amount of problems. Mind you, I don't personally own either console as of now, but I have played both at friends' houses and I gotta say, they are both sleek and sexy machines. I had hours of fun in Resogun, even though it's just a simple downloadable game. It's highly addictive, and the fact that it's basically "free" is awesome. On the XB1 front, Dead Rising 3 is a blast through and through, and I was impressed with how it looked in motion. I went into it expecting to find a clunky, stuttering mess, but came out all smiles.


Bottom line is, I think both Microsoft and Sony should be commended for their consoles. You may not agree with the "vision" of one or the other, but all the mindless fanboyism needs to go. Get some hands-on time with both systems, trying to be as un-bias as possible, and I think most gamers out there would agree that they're both great consoles that show a lot of potential for future improvement.

snaketus
snaketus

@Biotasticmeat It's just damage control. But it's always good to have competition in the market, might keep quality up. Although electronics these days has very poor build quality cross the board.

19James89
19James89

@SevenizzYou should buy a Wii U. It's a console of epicness. 


It's the best next gen console by far.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@ceromaster Well, the only reason I'm not playing right now is because the TV isn't available.

tigress666
tigress666

@Viral-venom13Well in marketing if you are ahead you don't want to mention your competition and remind people they exist (you can usually tell if a company isn't in the lead if they are willing to mention their competitor in their ad. Pepsi is the exception to this rule but I think they are more neck and neck with Coke and it's kind of become a thing with them to make fun of Coke). 


If you aren't ahead, you don't need to worry about keeping people from remembering your competition exists, chances are they already do. So you have a lot less to lose to bring them up (whether it is to mention good things about them to make yourself look more good natured or to make fun of them).

tigress666
tigress666

@hoppymarioMore like MS completely sucks. xBox wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for them and their idiot policies.

ceromaster
ceromaster

@hoppymario 


From an opinionated standpoint, the same could be said about the PS4. Not that I'm saying the PS4 sucks.

thomasn7
thomasn7

@hoppymario Obviously you never owned one. Xbox One is actually pretty awesome.

allever
allever

@sortajan You may be right.  This could all be good publicity PR. But since the sincerity is hard to decipher, let's give them the benefit of the doubt.

sortajan
sortajan

@Kristan1711 It would be far  more interesting to me if all of the people interested in fighting would just kill each other off in one big death match. Purify the world of primitive knuckle-dragging monkeys that don't see the benefits of working together; maybe then we can finally get our flying cars and clean energy.

ceromaster
ceromaster

@fabs1 Yeah Inorite! It's such a big surprise that pple actually want to buy a console that they're interested in!!!

Ha2e
Ha2e

@fabs1 I like my Xbox One but I give Sony respect for saving this console generation. I dont even want to know where we would be at had Microsoft not had competition to backdown from their ridiculous policies. Even the way they have brought indie developers to consoles was a great job with self publishing. Microsoft pretty much had to adopt all of Sony's policies to compete. For that reason alone whenever I buy a game thats multi platform i buy it on my PS4 just because I liked how Sony handled things this time around.

Fc1873
Fc1873

@A8ADD0N  If M$ hadn't tried to fuck us all over in the first place they would never have needed to "reverse everything they initially planned for the console" . That's a simple fact. 

b00me
b00me

@A8ADD0N Sorry, any thing pro-Microsoft or pro-xbox is not allowed. This site is for PS fans only.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

A console purchase isn't worth 2 Mario games - I'll pass.

And it's current gen at best.

Henninger
Henninger

@thomasn7 @hoppymario I own them both & PS4 is better than Xbox One imo. I haven't turned my X1 on in 2 weeks. I've turned my PS4 on everyday for either a movie or game. & I'm no fanboy either.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

Some of you people talk a load of crap and are suckers.you see ms said what they were doing all the way people said they did not like it so they reponded with the reversals. What was responsible for the original plans that ms had was the popularity of steam nothing else, sony on the other hand patient the things to do the very same plans that ms had but reversed it behind closed doors. Which i see a a snake. Like tactics. I would rather a company be up front than reverse policys behind closed doors then use it for immature unprofessional jibs

Tacanacy
Tacanacy

@19James89 @fabs1  Did he/she say that Sony is flawless!? The only people who buy Xbox One are the ones who don't pay attention to the media or/and support everything to become online based. 24-hour check-in, single-player required to be online etc. Everything!

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

Ms were not try to fuck people over the popularity of steam was why they were going to go down that road. Nothing else. I don't se why people think that a company saying people seem to like that lets go down that road as screwing them over

19James89
19James89

@Fc1873@A8ADD0NI agree with you, but the people who slate Microsoft and then proceed to defend Sony who are not exactly anti-digital rights management by any stretch of the imagination is ridiculous. All companies want to protect their products from piracy and they all want maximum profits from their products, Sony is no different to any other business in this regard.


jtthegame316
jtthegame316

This is a multi platfrom site you want sony only go to a sony site or meant to be

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

I think he meant future sequels. Which doesn't change the fact that this game still won't come out on other consoles so it was a lousy troll attempt regardless.

19James89
19James89

@Mraou@SevenizzIf DR3 is published by Microsoft then how is it going to be ported to the PS4? 


You'll be saying that Bayonetta 2 will be coming to the PS4 next.

Mraou
Mraou

@Sevenizz Dead Rising 3 is not Microsoft first party, only published by Microsoft; the franchise belongs to Capcom, so the next one may likely be on PS4, or 3 may even be ported to it at some time. 

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Forza 5 and Dead Rising 3 are 'lousy'?

News to me.

Mraou
Mraou

@SevenizzInstead you purchased a system with with lousy first party games, and 3rd party games which are better played on a console that's $100 cheaper.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Wait - Sony has good games to play?

News to me.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

Who asked questions at the reveal? It was just a reveal. They just showed the console a few games and what it could do. The way some of you people act you would think ms denied the polices which they never once did.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

They are not really in the lead. Ps 4 is out in more countries but the numbers are still very close despite the fact the xbox is available in less places

ExplicitMike
ExplicitMike

@jtthegame316Microsoft was never upfront. SO I have no idea what you are talking about. During the initial reveal they didn't answer any questions people  had about their policies. It wasn't until the rumors kept coming from developers and such that they finally said those rumors were true. 

Henninger
Henninger

@jtthegame316 Rumors & speculation. You have no real proof that they did that. & even if they did it was a great business move on their part. Sit & wait. Watch the blogs. & then react. Guess what, it worked & they now have the lead in the console war. PS4's are selling like crazy. X1's are still sitting on the shelf. Every store I went to on Black Friday alone had no PS4's & a lot of X1's. Have the X1's sold. Yes. But not like the PS4's. & no I'm not a fanboy. I own both of them.

ExplicitMike
ExplicitMike

@thomasn7 I only liked Gears. With Sony at least I get more original games. Infamous,Last of Us and Twisted Metal comes to mind. I don't like racing simulators so forza is out. I think Fable is pretty weak and even their fans don't like what the series has become. The Original Xbox was the best console they ever made. In my eyes anyways. 

BryanBadillo
BryanBadillo

@Tacanacy @19James89 @fabs1 nope, the people who buy the xbox one are the ones that likes their games (exclusive), like me. i personally think the three consoles are greats in their own way but the xbox's exclusives are my favorites.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

Sorry i did not get your sarcasm. I agree the sony fanboy ms hate is ridiculous. They should just enjoy there machine instead of hating on another,

b00me
b00me

@jtthegame316 I'm an Xbox guy. Just calling it the way it is. It's not hard to scroll down and see the giant MS hate train and Sony circle jerk.

Tacanacy
Tacanacy

@jtthegame316 Reading down everything you write is just shit. You also don't get it when someone is trolling.