Xbox Boss: Divisiveness and Vitriol in Console Wars “Distasteful”

Phil Spencer finds little merit in advising people against partaking in other platforms.

Posted By | On 23rd, Sep. 2015 Under News


Xbox division head Phil Spencer has always been outspoken in his support for other consoles’ franchises and positive decisions. This could be seen in his praise for different PS4 titles like Bloodborne or when complimenting Sony on their E3 presentation. In speaking to GameSpot, Spencer said he found little point in much of the console war debates happening online.

“I’ve said before, the one thing that I probably find a little distasteful in the discourse around games is the divisiveness that people try to build between platforms.

“It becomes more about what piece of plastic I own than what games I’m playing. It becomes more about somebody else failing than the things I love succeeding. I don’t think that’s a good place for our industry.”

Though not everyone will see things his way, Spencer is still interested in pushing against the notion all the same and delivering great games. “I know that’s not everybody, and it’s easy to find the pockets of that vitriol and I kind of think that that is gaming, but I’m not going to embrace that. I’m going to actively push against that.

“People sometimes will make fun of me that I mentioned Sony or I mentioned Nintendo. It’s not to placate anybody or make them think I’m some kind of good guy. My job isn’t really to keep you from buying something else. My job is to make you proud of what we offer, and to give you an enjoyable experience with the product we have. That’s 100 percent of what I’m focused on.”

Do you agree with his views? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • Kfal Balli

    That’s the truth.

  • Randy Bongson

    You know what would end console war for the most part, stop having console exclusive games. Phil Spencer has that power but he actually likes the console wars, despite what he says, because they are good for profit margins.

    • Mark

      Hunh? How else do u get someone to buy your console if u can’t offer a unique experience vs the other guy? What other options are there? HBO GO?

      Oh and people would still find a way to trash the other system regardless of exclusives…

    • Orion Wolf

      Besides, even IF MS did it, I have serious doubts about Sony and/or Nintendo following suit.

    • Mark

      Yeah the point is, each company’s out here to make profits, so they have to sell a unique experience to gamers. If they’re being unethical, then they deserve criticism. Other than that, people just tend to be tribal. And THAT’S why there’s always been console wars…

    • Randy Bongson

      That’s my point. If there aren’t exclusives then there isn’t a unique experience and the choice is based solely on superior technology which would end the console wars because there are no legitimate disputes anymore over technological superiority.

    • Mark

      Listen, there would still be a debate. People would argue about the apps then, or the network services, or the controller, or who has better deals. Go look at any 2 similar products competing for sales, and you’ll find people fighting over them on the net….consoles aren’t exclusive to this kind of thing. Look at how gamers argue over PS Now vs Ea Access, or GWG vs PS Plus, or the PS4 UI vs the Xbox UI, who has what features etc. Or Microsoft’s Indie policy. Exclusives are a part of that whole “differentiating” ecosystem.

      And when u say “who has the better technology”, well here’s the thing; in order for consoles to be financially marketable, they have to launch within a $500 price range. Thing is, the system parts cost money, and each platform holder pays roughly the same cash for them (AMD cpu and gpu for example) so we can’t expect one company to offer a huge power advantage over the other, probably minimal.

      Look at how almost every 2 systems that launched within 1 year from each other were comparable in performance; GENESIS, SNES, PS3, 360, etc. And if u did want a NEO GEO, it’d cost u a ton, and that isn’t viable long term.

      So even if one was slightly more powerful, it’d run multiplat games with maybe some better shadows, or better anti-aliasing, etc. Nothing dramatic that would be the “clear winner”. So what’s left is exclusive games imo.

      Also, what’s the purpose of creating a console that offers no unique experience? Why would u as a platform holder want to look like the next guy?

    • GamerJudge

      You know what would end the “console war”? Gaming itself. Now what you just said will not end the console war at all and it makes NO sense that they should stop making exclusives.

    • Andrew Doyle

      “Console war” wow you are really interested in real world issues

  • Mark

    “My job isn’t really to keep you from buying something else. My job is to make you proud of what we offer, and to give you an enjoyable experience with the product we have. That’s 100 percent of what I’m focused on”. Dayum. That statement right there. So, if Phil can make the Xbox division PROFITABLE, that’s his job, and why focus on hating Yoshida and Sony right? If ur doing great, why hate on the competition? U need each other to better your product…so why hate? Great comment by Phil.

  • Michael

    He’s talking about the gaming media and sites like N4G who manage to focus on negativity and bias. He’s too good of a person to come out and say it but MS is well aware of what’s going on around the industry. They read just like we do. Actions speak louder than words, and Phil is focused on making Xbox the the best place to play, and in my opinion he has done that.

    • Mark



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