Xbox’s vision is about gamers, not competitors

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Phil Spencer has been filled with candid answers to questions lately, and it’s made for an intriguing bit of insight into the Xbox brand plan. He explained why he doesn’t feel the need to get into drama-fueled fights with competitors and has generally just continued the “good guy” approach. Now it seems like his personal views are being taken on board by Xbox in general, and might just make the brand better for it.

Over on twitter, Spencer replied to some questions about Xbox and it sounds like we’re going to win if Xbox continues this vision:

I think it’s important to have competition in the market, but that it has to be built on something other than silly console wars. Neither brand would be able to sell consoles just by fighting the other; it’s all about building the best possible console with the best possible games and letting gamers make their own decisions.

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This year, I think Xbox has a stronger holiday line up than PS4, but the PS4 already has a solid catalogue of games and generally delivers better performance on third party titles. It’s going to be a tough call for many gamers this holiday, but I think if both companies can keep the focus on creating excellent experiences for gamers, we will all win, regardless of our platforms of choice.

Last Updated: October 12, 2015

Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let’s get on with it!

  • DragonSpirit009

    Competition is great but I’m kinda impressed that they pay attention to the gamers more.
    Now if they could only pay attention to this gamer (me) and donate me a console!

    • oVg

      Why not just own both? So you can play all the games ๐Ÿ™ I hate that statement, only the rich American kids would say something like “True gamers own both consoles” Blaghhhhhhhhh

      • DragonSpirit009

        I want to own both, I have no loyalty to any of the consoles. I’m interested in the games itself. But begging them to donate me one is just cheaper XD And hopeful on a whole new level.

    • WitWolfy

      Is it just me or is MS turning out to be the console company Sony told us they were going to be before launch? By that I mean:

      -Creating better gamer experiences.
      -Taking customers feedback into consideration.
      -Actually talking to customers on twitter instead of bragging on getting platinums on certain exclusives.
      -Adding features customers REALLY want!!
      -Prepared to invest in projects, even if its short term. Rather then promoting Kickstarter games they dont want anything to do with.

      The list goes on and on… Where Sony on the other hands is solely focused on turning the PS4 into a budget wise streaming device. Just my 5c.

  • Ir0nseraph

    If the CNA sale at rage is anything to go by for the future of console’s in SA, Xbox1 is in for hard times, the ps4 vanished so fast.
    I could believe that the x1 didn’t sell out at R4000.

    • Nikola

      I was just about to say the same thing PS4 on Saturday sold out in 30 minutes!

      • Ir0nseraph

        If I didn’t own one already, I might have bought a second one.

      • Hammersteyn

        You sure loved your time on the XBOX ๐Ÿ˜›

        • Ir0nseraph

          XD

        • Nikola

          Oh yeah big time (sarcastic face) I cannot stress enough how terrible that console is… I am sorry!

          • Ir0nseraph

            No No I think even Phil heard you Friday night ๐Ÿ˜›

          • Hammersteyn

            As did the guy from MWEB

          • Ir0nseraph

            LoL . I wish a video camera was rolling.

          • Nikola

            Yeah well good screw MWEB hahaha! Terrible ISP!

          • Nikola

            Hahaha, I did walk past the Xbox boot at Rage and shout losers;) SO think everybody at Rage knew where I stand:)

          • Hammersteyn
          • WitWolfy

            Sorry, I probably didnt hear you over the awesomeness that is The Rise of The Tomb Raider. ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • Nikola

            hahahaha:) Lara betrayed us man that’s a low blow;)

          • Hammersteyn

            Standing in line, you seeing we have to play the Division on XBOX and threatening to walk. I almost died XD

          • Nikola

            hahaha yeah I was not a happy chappy hey:)

    • Hammersteyn
  • Grand Admiral Chief
    • WitWolfy

      I own all current gen consoles. PS4, Xbox one and the pussy Wii U… What am I doing with my life?

      • Brady miaau

        Just for interest sake, I played Forza 5 over the weekend and raced your Drivatar quite a lot. Kudos on the SA flag on the back of your Audi Rs7, looks good and flying the flag!

        • WitWolfy

          I have a drivatar?? Kudos! Guess I’ll have to fire forza up this afternoon and drive against yours as well!

          • Brady miaau

            Yeah, but my cars are decorated with pretty much the first design the server spits out for me. Could not really be bothered with design work.

            The game is fun, for a little while, but I never play it as much as NFS back in the day.

          • WitWolfy

            Like wise, the only reason I bought Forza 5 was because I thought it would have the auction house like all the other Forza’s before.. Boy, was I wrong… Kinda disappointed me..

          • Brady miaau

            Yes. And tracks get boring quite quickly. I think Horizon is better like that, but I have only the demo. Is ok to play, actually more fun,nothing like racing your car through a field, then onto the tarmac.

            AND MS want R1200 for Forza 6 complete on Xbox Live. Are they freaking kidding me?

          • WitWolfy

            For that price, I’ll rather stick to Project Cars and DriveClub.

    • Hammersteyn

      But they aren’t having fun with he XBOX ๐Ÿ˜

  • “Team is 100% committed to making XB1 a great gaming console.”

    Yeah, that was definitely the message 2 years ago guys. Oh wait…

    At least Sony hasn’t had to change their tune to sell consoles.

  • Grand Admiral Chief
    • Nikola

      Nintendo?? What’s that;)

      • Grand Admiral Chief

        See the other gif I posted

  • Grand Admiral Chief
    • Nikola

      hahahaha!

  • Grand Admiral Chief
  • Hammersteyn

    That’s like WP saying, we’re playing Currie Cup for the rugby and not to beat other teams LMAO

  • Nikola

    Hahahaha ahhh Xbox….

  • Hammersteyn

    “Our long term Xbox vision isn’t about competitors, it’s about gamers” Sony have been doing both for two years already, they focused on the gamers and competitors by selling a cheaper console and doing this when MS said no way in hell…

    • oVg

      bwahahahaha E3 2013 Troll 101

      • WitWolfy

        BEST TROLL VIDEO EVER!!!!

        • oVg

          lol

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      I still love that jab…. in the groin bone!

  • oVg

    TLOU remastered, Bloodborne, Until Dawn, Nathan Drake collection, Infamous, The Order, God of War 3 remastered…

    Seems SONY is about the games and not the gamers ๐Ÿ˜›

    RUNS

    • Grand Admiral Chief

      ^This

      • oVg

        Quantum Break is the only game on the Bone that makes me jealous. They need more games like that in the line up to win me over. Not Tome Raider the exclusive sequel.

        • Nikola

          True man PS4 just has better games, for me the only game that makes me jealous is Forza and mainly because GT comes out every 10 years!

          • oVg

            I was more than happy with Project Cars. Don’t need yearly licensing rosters to fling a F1 car around at 60fps. As for the flagship franchise Halo, Destiny kind of trumped it. So many good 3rd party titles on both consoles yet 2014 kind of went into PS4s favor thanks to the better resolutions of cross console ports.

            The Bone had a very poor start out of the gate. They lost 12 months worth of early adopters. The Early adopter makes all the difference in gaining momentum. Just look at the PS3, They also had a 12 month late start and it took 7 years for them to catch up to the 360 sales.

            The 360 at-least tried to reach the Japanese market by being the best console for Jrpgs. They had some good games.

          • Nikola

            True dude I really don’t like the whole yearly release of games like AC,COD and so on. I am hoping NFS will satisfy my racing game craving! Very true seems third party is taking over less and less exclusives they also do run better on a PS4.

            I think with whole can’t use used games and always online bullcrap they had people kind of got a bad taste for it. Also PS4 is just from a hardware point of view a more powerful console why would you chose the other one.

            For me personally I am just too use to PS and I like they games more to be honest I just can’t stomach the xbox controller.

          • oVg

            Ya, the console war is kind of irreverent at this stage considering I have played 4 games this year that have entered my top ten games of all time list. Hell, 2015 has been stonking. 2016? lets wait and see ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Nikola

            Yeah totally it’s all about what games now! Which 4 games? I agree big time 2015 has been a GREAT gaming year, Witcher 3 might be my favorite game ever! Batman was awesome as always, Dying Light was a awesome suprise!

          • oVg

            MGSV just beat The Witcher 3 by 30 frames, Until Dawn is this years sleeper hit and the Nathan Drake collection kicked Bloodborn out at number 4. The VGAs are going to be mental next month.

          • Nikola

            Hahaha of course I know u don’t do anything less than 60fps:) Still waiting to play MGSV will start it soon, heard so many good things about it even though I am not a fan of the series not into stealth games! Until Dawn will for sure get when it’s on special looks like it’s fun….Yeah I must agree with Uncharted amazing games:) Yeah I think it will be a tough choice between Witcher and MGSV for game of the yeat but I have a feeling Witcher will take it, was expecting Batman to be in the runnings as well before it came out buut not anymore…

          • oVg

            Bwahahahah it says Tactical Espionage Operations on the cover of MGSV ๐Ÿ˜› Not when I play, my gameplay preference for MGSV is FUBAR. Fcuked up beyond all recognition ๐Ÿ˜›

          • Nikola

            Hahah I plan to play with the same way:)))

          • WitWolfy

            That and the fact that the 360’s hardware was as reliable as a Ford engine.

          • Brady miaau

            A what?

            Mercedes Engine thanks. Very soon we will have two mercs, one 1997 model, engine is pretty much perfect, we looked yesterday with a mechanic friend. 260 000km. The other one will be much, much newer, based on the hope that it will be as strong and as good as the current one.

    • WitWolfy

      Sony fanboys be like.. “WHO NEEDS BC?!?!?!? NOBODY PLAYS OLD GAMES THESE DAYS!!!” Buys a 5 year old “remastered” game on release at full retail..

      GENIUS!

      • Jonah Cash

        3 games remastered for the price of one full retail game… I will get it this week. I loved the Uncharted games, have the collection on my PS3 but must have it on my PS4!

  • Francois Knoetze

    Love the games line up right now so much!! Finished Gears last week. Hopped on to the Taken King on my PS4 then Batman. Got a nice backlog for the holidays now. MGS V, Uncharted Collection, Halo 5, Witcher 3, The Last of Us Remastered. LOVE IT!

  • Brady miaau

    Xbox One FTW
    PS4 FTW

    I like that. Both have their merits, I think. Although I have Xbox One, so I am biased, right?

    Good that they think like that, but the interface that is, somehow, just not fun to use needs addressing. The Xbox 360 still has the better one.

    • Hammersteyn

      Saw the XBOX One in action on the weekend and I must agree. Though with the Ps4 it sometimes feel that there isn’t enough space on the screen for everything. you have to go to your library to see all your games and it feels cluttered and unorganized

  • Steffmeister

    Its not about winning….is what you say when you’ve lost. ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Brady miaau

      Lost, but still a multi-billion dollar business?

      • Steffmeister

        The console wars are made up by the fans anyway, As far as business goes, they both win.

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