Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has been making some comments to mark the 20th anniversary of Xbox in a new interview with Edge magazine, which involved him reiterating his stance on the idea of a modern-day console war.
As transcribed by VGC, Spencer explained that he spends "zero energy" on console wars, as he's "more interested in the growing pie of gaming than I am our slice of the pie-eating into someone else’s." Here's his full quote:
“I spend zero energy on ‘how do I make other gaming platforms smaller so that Xbox gets bigger'. I’m more interested in the growing pie of gaming than I am our slice of the pie-eating into someone else’s. And it’s why we focus on things like cross-play and cross-saves. I think about these scenarios of why you and I maybe can’t play a game together, and it shouldn’t be because of the console you bought versus the console I bought.”
“That doesn’t help the industry grow, when we put artificial barriers up on those things. Whether that means we’re doing something different than the other guys, you’d have to ask them. But I’d say for us, it’s not about somebody else getting smaller so that we get bigger.”
This is far from the first time Spencer has talked about console wars, and he actually got quite passionate about it last year, suggesting that the toxic, console war obsessed members of certain fanbases are "one of the worst things about our industry". He also mentioned that this kind of aggressive talk is essentially holding the industry back.
In other words, his latest comments aren't a surprise! But it's always interesting to get this thoughts nonetheless.
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