Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Congratulates Sony on PlayStation Gamescom Showing

"Really nice collection of games," Xbox boss says.

Microsoft and Sony might be rivals in the console space, but the companies clearly have respect for one another. The latest example came today when Microsoft's Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, congratulated Sony for its Gamescom briefing, and Sony reciprocated.

"Nice briefing," he said in a tweet that mentioned PlayStation executives Shuhei Yoshida (president of worldwide studios) and Adam Boyes (vice president of publisher and developer relations). "Really nice collection of games."

Sony showed off a bevy of games during its Gamescom briefing, including AAA titles like Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Destiny, as well as smaller, PS4-exclusive titles like the next game from Rayman creator Michel Ancel and Tearaway Unfolded.

Yoshida sent praise back Microsoft's way, replying to Spencer: "Thanks Phil, congratulations on your great show :)." Meanwhile, Boyes tweeted, "You guys as well! A great day for gamers, and developers will sleep better tonight!"

Spencer has been active on Twitter today, and even retweeted a message from video game publication CVG that might surprise you. He retweeted the following tweet: "Phil Spencer is here. What a man. Leader. Gaming pioneer. Destroyer of mandatory Kinect. #hero" (Emphasis added.)

This is noteworthy because Microsoft has time and again assured Xbox fans that the company's decision to remove Kinect from every Xbox One bundle is not indicative of a lack of support or enthusiasm for the camera technology. Of course, CVG's tweet was obviously humorous, and Spencer may have only retweeted it for a laugh.

Were you away this morning? You can catch up on all the big news from the Microsoft and Sony Gamescom briefings today at GameSpot's hub dedicated to the show.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Discussion

301 comments
andfx8
andfx8

The executives seem to be playing nice, but the companies' fans on the otherhand...

The_Inebriator
The_Inebriator

Nice to see the executives playing nice and acting more mature than most of their supporters. Are they empty words of insincere praise? Probably, but at least it shows some professionalism on their parts. Competition is good, but there's nothing to be gained from dirty cheap shots. The harder they make each other work, the better for all of us. +1 to MS and Sony

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

"We at Microsoft, have no cheap jabs to throw Sony's way. We'll extend congratulations instead, pretending we were never cheap-jabbing like no there's no tomorrow last gen."

fulfledgedgamer
fulfledgedgamer

Nice to see some comradery! Maybe Sony can extend theirs next time, instead of trashing them in a roundabout way?????????????

CrouchingWeasel
CrouchingWeasel

He can pretend to be as classy as he wants but the events of the last day speak differently. If Phil Spencer had any love of games or or respect for gamers then the next Tomb Raider game would be appearing on PC & PS4 as well. As the head of Xbox there's a special place in hell for him regarding this farce (along with the retards at Squeenix). As a gamer since the mid 80's & someone who has owned & loved all of the Tomb Raider games to this date I'm disgusted that any of the vermin involved in this greedy, money grubbing, back alley deal could be proud & happy with what they've done both to the Tomb Raider franchise & to those who've loved & played the games over the years. And don't bring up the "timed exclusive" BS, read the propaganda statement from that worthless Don Mattrick wannabe over at Crystal Dynamics & take special note of the words XBOX & EXCLUSIVE.

fede018
fede018

What a load of PR, corporate, passive-aggresive, BS

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

"... and thats why we keep trying to get all games exclusive to the Xbox".  *Smiles and walks off stage.

Dangerous231
Dangerous231

Best boss in gaming Phil Spencer, and a fanstatic human being.. Keep the great ideas coming bro, xb1 stand up!!.. 

kaarloss
kaarloss

bullsh*t, words dont mean crap, ms still playing the buying exclusivity game

Angry_Mushroom
Angry_Mushroom

Wait... Microsoft and Sony are keeping it classy?  Who would have guessed. 

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

AGHHH i forgot about gamescon, i missed the shows :(

trente
trente

Phil Spencer seems like a very cool guy. I'm continually impressed by his humility, his passion for the industry, and the respect he affords his so-called 'rivals'. He alone could convince me to buy an X1 as much as any of the titles Microsoft has lined up for the console.

megablast16
megablast16

I can't work out if Phil is a genuinely nice person or just playing a smart PR game, it's probably the former. The games industry just seems to bring out my cynical side.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

Phil Spencer is too good for Microsoft. I wonder how much they listen to him? I keep thinking if he had full control the console would not be in third place behind Wii U. But seriously they never have gotten the sells they had if they kept the Kinect.

fluffy_kins
fluffy_kins

Yeah ok we get it. If you congratulate Sony enough, Microsoft may get back into the good graces of gamers. Public image! Only it starts to feel forced and false after you do it so much.

glitchthesytem
glitchthesytem

and if u want the best gaming experience get a dam pc

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

@fulfledgedgamer They have.  They did so at the beginning of the launch and earlier this year.


I remember when MS was all trash talk last gen.  Now this gen, they are "humble".  lol

rmiller365
rmiller365

They tweeted them back and said congrats too. Did you read the article?

parabol69
parabol69

@CrouchingWeasel Wow... would you like some super absorbant maxi pads?  You act as if this is all there is to your life.  Get out more, hermit.  

geekasauruswrex
geekasauruswrex

Hey how's Injustice running on next gen? I wouldn't know because its PS4 exclusive

jk12324
jk12324

@Angry_Mushroom This happened last time when they congratulated each other on their console launches...then Microsoft told players to "ditch" their PS3 for $100 off an Xbox One.  Go figure.

BohemiaDrinker
BohemiaDrinker

@megablast16 "It's not who you are underneath, but what you do, that defines".


(All wisdom in the world has passed trough something "Batman", at some point)

imadqamar
imadqamar

@Kinguard73 Jack Tretton and Phil Spencer are two great and respectable representatives of the Playstation and Xbox brand. I wish Jack was still at Sony, and (though I don't own an X1 yet) I'm glad Phil is leading the show.

xXxIRyanxXx
xXxIRyanxXx

@Kinguard73 Since he took over every piece of news has been great for Xbox, if he was in charge from the start E3 2013 never would have happened, and its only a matter of time till the Xbox passes the Wii U.

mi_hung_lo
mi_hung_lo

@fluffy_kins Is that what you got from that? maybe you should google who Phil Spencer is. He has NEVER said anything against Sony and there's a reason X1 has had many changes within the last few months. He's not only a gamer, but he listens to fans 

Daelusca
Daelusca

@glitchthesytem lol....got nothing but respect for all gamers, but playing with a monitor, mouse and keyboard is tooooo funny...I know you don''t always have to, but most still do....so 80's :)

KBABZ
KBABZ

@glitchthesytem In my eyes the best gaming experience is done on a couch with a controller without any other OS system stuff getting in the way.

51gamer
51gamer

@glitchthesytem I guess if you like staring at 2 24 inch monitors it's the best, I'll still take my couch, controller and 60 inch and I do have a very capable gaming PC.

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

@glitchthesytem I wouldn't say that, some games won't even run on my PC, yet I can play Watch_Dogs, Crysis 3, Metro: Last Light etc on ultra. I love my PC, but it's not where I'll be playing Destiny obviously. I wouldn't restrict yourself to one platform, that's what turns people into defensive mindless childish fanboys.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@xXxIRyanxXx  Yeah if he was on board from the get go I'd likely have gotten a One since I am a converter 360 to PS4. I simply can't trust Microsoft. I made my choice and I am happy with it even today- Even with Sunset coming out that I want on my competitor's console.

(Not worried about Tomb Raider it'll be out for PS4 in 2016 I can wait too many good games will carry me over til then.)

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@mi_hung_lo @fluffy_kins  PS4 fan and exclusive user here. I have HIGH respects for Phil Spencer he is the BEST thing going for Xbox right now. Props. It's easy to feel like he is a bull%^&* but he's the only one out of that camp I'd believe in.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@51gamer  Yeah with most TVs being 1080p and absolutely HUGE. Prettier graphics on a tiny screen that cost me ALOT more seems kinda silly. Like having a El Diablo on display showing off it's power but you can't even drive it on the streets. Nice car... for a display.

Weaponn_X
Weaponn_X

@51gamer I play my PC hooked up to a 42 Inch TV sitting on my couch with the options to play both gamepad and keyboard and mouse.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@XNEXUS666X @glitchthesytem  I can afford one system. So for 400 dolalrs do I want a slightly weaker console? What exclusives do I want more? I mean that is the ONLY real difference right now. I left out the voice control cable box of Xbox cause after the gimmick wears off most Xbox fans could not care less.

xSlugox
xSlugox

@XNEXUS666X @glitchthesytem I would. He didn't say anything about "PC ONLY!" or restrict himself in anyway. He said if you want the best gaming experience, get a pc and he's absolutely correct. PC's are far superior than any console, just cuz yours isn't doesn't mean people don't have better. This whole, "current gen" Sony and MS have you all convinced of, is PC hardware that's been out for years. There's nothing current about any of it.


Tardo over there with his 60 inch TV comment too, lol you're too cute. I'll take my 32" 4K gaming monitor over a shitty distorted 60 inch TV that's stretching 1080p to fit corner to corner any day. Read, learn, then talk shit.

fulfledgedgamer
fulfledgedgamer

@puppetmastrr @daikkenaurora12 @Dangerous231 

Where this cat's trying to bring about some Xbox togetherness, this ass is trying to be like, oh PS4 already has a gang of ugly thugs check out my likes.


They're like the most gross thing to happen to gaming ever. You'll get used to it though. It's actually fun sometimes, make sure they know they're complete scrubs that lack any kind of rational, logic, or smarts, then a thread later they're back saying the exact same things over and over again. Agreeing with each other like it means something.

xXxIRyanxXx
xXxIRyanxXx

@Kinguard73 Have Microsoft or Square Enix said anything about whether its a timed exclusive

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@Weaponn_X @51gamer the TV can still only do 1080p so you wasted money and you are still out of real console exclusives. (real not fake like Xbox that seems to go everywhere BUT to Sony's systems)

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

@Kinguard73 @XNEXUS666X @glitchthesytem I'm sorry you can only afford one system, I would recommend a PC to meet all your entertainment needs then. But as far as the best gaming experience goes, I guess it depends on personal perspective and how much you're willing to spend. Obviously I'd prefer not to have a job and own every system if I could, but I just work with what time and money allows me at this point, at least we can afford to play games huh.

xXxIRyanxXx
xXxIRyanxXx

@Kinguard73 @XNEXUS666X @glitchthesytem Its cool for multiplayer games, when you do something awesome to be able to say xbox record that, and then be able to go edit it later. Thats one of the few things I use it for, I plan on getting $500 worth of entertainment out of just the Xbox once the MCC comes out. Kinect was just an extra thing in the box.

geekasauruswrex
geekasauruswrex

Its timed, Phil Spencer confirmed it. Square Enix however needs to dona bit better. That Tumblr post was so much mislead

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

@xXxIRyanxXx @Kinguard73 I'd say timed exclusivity on Tombraider is likely.  Especially since its a established series, I just don't see square cutting Sony fans out of the loop when they'd just be limiting the audience for the franchise going forward.


Plus MS would have to shell out a lot of cash to get a third party AAA locked up.