Phil Spencer Is Unsure If The Xbox One Can Out Pony Sony
Phil Spencer, also unofficially known as The Man Who Can Be Loved, is unsure whether the Xbox One can catch up to Sony’s PS4 in terms of console sales. In case you’ve forgotten, Spencer is the head of Xbox, so his words are not, let’s say, of the Michael Pachter standard.
As we know the PS4 has mounted a gigantic sales lead over the Xbox One in the two years that the consoles have been out and about for. There are many reasons for this, which include leadership at Microsoft previously being terrible, loss of good faith for the Xbox One and a massive change in features, Sony marketing its console more effectively and simply and the bandwagon effect post ‘The Red E3’.
Many, including myself, argue that the console race is a marathon and not a sprint, especially judging from last generation where the PS3 also lagged behind in most departments, but made a grand comeback as the generation went on. Could the Xbox One achieve the same?
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“You know, I don’t know,” Spencer replied at the 2015 GeekWire Summit (via IGN) when asked if the Xbox One will be able to get the jump over the PS4. “You know, the length of the generation,” he continued. “They [Sony] have a huge lead and they have a good product. I love the content, the games line-up that we have.”
Commenting on why Microsoft has so much catch up to do, Spencer said: “One thing that probably I didn’t realize as much as I should have when I started in this role was the impact that the launch had on our team here in Redmond, the Xbox team. Because it’s easy to read the blogs and the sites and my Twitter feed and see what the customers think of our brand and our product, but the team in Redmond took as much of a hit as the external community did around the launch.”
However Spencer referred to the addition of backwards compatibility as a big step forward in regaining that much-needed support from the gaming people. Microsoft’s focus isn’t presently about beating out its competition, but rather on winning over gamers.
“So I would never question the ability of our organization, but I’ll say we’re not motivated by beating Sony, we’re motivated by gaining as many customers as we can,” he added.
What’s your take?