Microsoft says Sony did a “nice job” with the PS4

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The new generation of consoles is currently well underway with the Wii U out for ages, the PlayStation 4 available just about everywhere (sorry, Japan), and the Xbox One still only officially available in its 13 launch territories. While fanboys from all sides are still fighting about which is better, the companies involved seem to be above all of that. Microsoft admires, and has congratulated both Sony and Nintendo.

The curiously sleazy-looking Microsoft Studios boss Phil Spencer has praised Sony in particular, saying that he thinks Sony’s done a stellar job in defining the PS4 as a games machine from the onset.

“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,” he told OXM.

Spencer also admits he respects Sony’s penchant for “investing in new things and creative things.”

“[W]hat they’ve done with David Cage and Quantic Dream around Beyond and Heavy Rain; they stay committed to franchises even if they don’t sell 10 million units, they’ll stay committed to things,” said Spencer.

Of course, the cynically-minded among you might try reading between the lines, looking for subtext and subtle jabs, perhaps picking up that spencer’s inferring that Sony’s games just don’t sell all that well. Spencer’s also had some warm words for Nintendo, which could also be construed as having a negative spin, if you happen to have your cynical pants on today.

“Nintendo, I think – and there’s some argument about this – that their first-party is such an amazing asset,” said Spencer. “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.”

“I think Nintendo does that as well as anybody in terms of hitting the franchises and having huge success with them.”

So, he’s saying Nintendo consoles exist purely to run Nintendo’s games, right? Right? The best way to look at it though, is that even the bigwigs save the fanboy wars for the fanboys. 

Last Updated: January 6, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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