Microsoft held its 2020 annual shareholders meeting yesterday, and as part of the earnings call, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was asked by a shareholder what was "being done to set Xbox apart from the PS5 to win the console war".
Obviously the shareholder didn't get the memo, as Xbox boss Phil Spencer has noted repeatedly that he's not interested in a console war with PS5, and Nadella ultimately shifted the focus with his answer (transcribed by Seeking Alpha):
"First thing, we're very excited about the new console launches in the market. We always have sort of focused on ensuring that our gamer community that counts on us to produce the best consoles has a new generation of consoles, which are powerful and really great for gameplay. And we are supporting it with the best content with the best community.
But the broader vision we have is to ensure that the 3 billion gamers out there are able to play their games, anywhere they want with all the content they want and with whom they want to. And that's really what we are building our strategy around. You've seen us double our content portfolio with ZeniMax acquisition, you see us make advances in our community efforts and our subscription offers with Game Pass. And that's what you can expect from us. We are absolutely very, very much focused on gaming, and ensuring that all the 3 billion gamers around the world get the best content, best community and the best cloud services to power their gaming experiences going forward."
Microsoft chief financial officer Amy Hood also made some light references to the Xbox division during the shareholders meeting, highlighting that Xbox Game Pass now has over 15 million subscribers, and pointing out that "people everywhere are turning to gaming to sustain human connection while practicing social distancing."
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