Xbox's 'Slimy Platform Things' Comment Draws Attention Of Former PlayStation Boss
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On Sunday, Xbox boss Phil Spencer conducted an interview with IGN about a variety of topics, and during the conversation, he mentioned how he didn't want to do "slimy platform things" to force a certain way of playing games.

Here's the exact quote from the conversation, which focused on Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 specifically:

"It's a choice. We didn't say to anybody that you have to subscribe [to Game Pass] to play. If you want to buy Black Ops that's great - it's great for us, it's great for the developers. If you want to subscribe, it's also great."

"I want to give you the choice on how you play your games and who you play with, and not try to do slimy platform things to force you to do what I want you to do. Give the players choice on what they want to do and who they want to play with."

As you can imagine, there have been a few articles about this, and former PlayStation boss Shawn Layden decided to respond to one of them. In his reply on social media, he seemed amused by Phil's comments, while also hitting the "like" button on a variety of responses that were criticising the choice of words in this interview.

If you're wondering why someone might take offense to the "slimy platform things" comment, it's because it could be interpreted as referring to the timed exclusive content for Call of Duty and other games on PlayStation in recent years.

Notably, Spencer also admitted later in the conversation that Xbox originally "broke the community" by implementing a timed exclusivity deal for Call of Duty content back in the Xbox 360 days, which spanned from 2010-2015.

"[It was] started by Xbox that we kinda broke the [Call of Duty] community. And now getting back and saying like, everybody gets the same maps, the same game, at the same time - it was another thing I wanted to hit in the messaging."

Phil Spencer's specific line about "slimy platform things" didn't reference Call of Duty directly though, so we're not going to put words in his mouth. Ultimately, it's just pleasing to know that all Black Ops 6 content will be available to everyone at exactly the same time this October.

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