Phil Spencer Points “Unlikely Dislike” Console Fans Have for Competition

Microsoft Games Studios head says it’s all about the competition.

Posted By | On 13th, Mar. 2014 Under News

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Microsoft and Sony may be in as tight competition now as they’ve been ten years ago but there’s still a mutual admiration on both sides for the other. That being said, Microsoft Games Studios corporate VP Phil Spencer recently pointed out the “unhealthy dislike” (aka fanboyism) that some particular fans feel for the competition while speaking to Geoff Keighley at SXSW.

“There seems to be this natural faction that gets created around what console you own, and then this…I would call it ‘unhealthy dislike’ for people who own the other console.”

“The competition is in the marketplace. I have ton of respect for people at Sony and the franchises they build. The same with Nintendo, or my friends at Valve…In the end what we all wanna do is to take this art form of playing games and experiencing the breaking down of the wall between the narrative and interaction […] and just make a better form of entertainment.

“I love the fans that we have , but being a fan of Xbox doesn’t mean you can’t be a fan of something else, or that you have to be an anti-fan of some other brand. I own a PlayStation 4. I play Games on my PlayStation 4. I own and I play games on my Wii U. I learn a ton from what happens on those other platforms.”

All the competition is a good thing for both the companies as well as for gamers in general though – even after eight years or more, the success of consoles is as apparent now as ever. “Has anyone shown up to the party when these two big manufacturers brought their consoles out in November?

“And today we all see that hasn’t been a problem. If you look at what both consoles have done, it’s been an amazing year, probably the best year.”

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  • d0x360

    Fanboyism is a sickness suffered by a very very vocal minority. Its only cure is maturity. I was a fanboy once. Genesis vs SNES. I was team Sega all the way. As I grew as a person and as a games I started kicking myself for my own ignorance. I missed out on so many amazing snes games and for what? Loyalty to plastic AMD metal? Loyalty to some faceless company?

    Its one thing to hate on a horrible system like the jaguar or ngage or cdi. The Xbox, PlayStation nor Wii are bad. They are not horrible. Anyone who slams down on these systems is blind.

    Now true each has flaws and each has strengths but they ALL have and will continue to have excellent games. That’s what matters. That’s all that matters.

    There is nothing wrong with preferring 1 console over another but to have such absolute hatred because it’s not your brand..well that’s simply moronic.

    • aeris bueller

      Moron calling in here. Sometimes the hate for a brand actually has to do with the decisions made by the company behind said brand. The same goes for brand loyalty as well. I’d argue it’s more healthy than to just accept anything from companies without at least complaining or rewarding them with praise, respectively.

      I don’t think it’s any less fun or unhealthy to have arguments or heated discussions and gloat over which console is better or which is more powerful than it is to argue or gloat over your favorite sports team, comic book artist, author, or news station. As long as you’re not stupid enough to actually dislike people over it, I think it’s harmless fun, and in cases where there’s enough distaste or encouragement out there in the comment sections that said companies’ catch wind, then sometimes it’s even useful.


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