Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Slams Console War Toxicity, Says Sony Isn't An Enemy

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has been talking to The Verge as part of a massive new interview, giving his thoughts on a wide range of topics including the so-called "console war" between Xbox Series X and PS5.

Spencer didn't hold back when asked about his thoughts on this, telling The Verge that if anything was ever going to drive him out of the gaming industry, it's the "tribalism" that exists in the console space.

"There’s like a core of the core, that have, I think, taken it to a destructive level of, “I really want that to fail so the thing that I bought succeeds.” I’m saying on both sides. I’m not saying that it’s all people crushing Xboxes and everybody that loves Xbox is always completely inviting to all the PlayStation stuff. I’ve said before, that I find it distasteful, but maybe that is too light. I just really despise it. I don’t think we have to see others fail in order for us to achieve the goals."

Spencer went on to discuss this further, explaining that it "isn't in our vocabulary" to talk about Sony and the PlayStation 5 as an "enemy", and that Sony is actually a partner with Microsoft in a lot of different places.

"Everybody is doing well in the industry right now for the most part with the stay-at-home and the surge. That’s what we should be focused on as an industry. We’ve done it with things like cross-play and other things that we focused on breaking some of those tropes. But there is a core that just really hates the other consumer product. Man, that’s just so off-putting to me. Again, maybe that word is probably too light.

To me, it’s one of the worst things about our industry."

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