Microsoft Replies Back to Sony's Gamescom "Shifting Message" Comment
Posted by Anthony Bacchus
Does the bickering stop here?
Not one to lay down with a defeatist attitude, Microsoft's Phil Spencer has responded to Sony's subtle (actually, not really) jab towards the company at Gamescom this Tuesday.
Before solidifying the November 15th release date for the Playstation 4, Sony's Andrew House took the time to comment on Microsoft's "turnarounds" since the initial Xbox One reveal in May. House smugly stated "While others have shifted their message and changed their story, we were consistent in maintaining a message that is fair and in tune with consumer desires."
Eurogamer interviewed Phil Spencer, where he shrugged off the passive comment by remarking that the company's reaction to the negative feedback was actually a "strength."
“The two-way conversation we have with our customers is a strength. Certain people have tried to turn that into something that's a bad thing about what we're trying to do, and I just disagree."
"We built a platform for gamers. Gamers invest their time and their money in the things they want to play, and they're going to invest their time in telling us what they love about the platform, and they're giving us feedback on areas where they have more critical feedback."
“The two-way conversation that we have with gamers is critical. If we weren't able to listen then I don't think we're really creating the ecosystem that means people want to come into the platform.
"Other people will do and say what they're going to say. Fine. We're running our program. That's a strength of who we are."
Mr. Spencer did a fine job defending his company's decision on the somewhat murky, confusing PR Microsoft has had in the past couple months and very cooly, made House's comment look a tad "bully-ish."
Microsoft has drastically changed the Xbox One's image since it was first announced and has done an amazing job on levelling the playing field with the Playstation 4. Spencer goes on to say how they are still determined on bringing their initial "cloud" vision for the Xbox One to players in due time but possibly surmised that the world just wasn't quite ready for it yet.
What do you think about this? Was Andrew House's comment necessary? Was Microsoft's reply expected?