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‘Halo 5’ publisher talks fan boys, console gaming relevancy and more

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Phil Spencer has made more comments regarding the state of the gaming industry. According to a report from NZ Gamer on March 14, the vice president from Microsoft Studios (the publishing company behind “Halo 5” and other Xbox One titles) told a crowd at SXSW 2014 he appreciates fans of the Xbox brand. However, he also believed that enthusiasts should not just pick one console. You can find his comments from the event below:

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There seems to be this natural faction that gets created around what console you own, and then this, I would call it unhealthy dislike, for people who own the other console. I love the fans that we have, but I don't think being a fan of Xbox does not mean you can't be a fan of something else, or you have to be an anti-fan of some other brand.

Despite jumping into the console space years after Nintendo and Sony, Microsoft was still able to build a large following. Most of the initial success of the first Xbox console is due to the “Halo” franchise. The next mainline installment, “Halo 5,” is currently being developed at 343 Industries with no release date time frame announced. You can find a selection of screens from the sequel with the slideshow to the left of this article.

Phil Spencer also talked about console gaming possibly losing traction against smart phones and touch pads. He believed that the PS4 and Xbox One both showed this isn’t the cases by having successful launches last year. You can view the rest of his statement below:

A year ago, the question was whether consoles were relevant anymore, and has the industry moved beyond console gaming--is anyone going to show up to the party when these two big console manufacturers bring their products out in November? And today I think we'd all say that hasn't been a problem. If you look at what both consoles have done, it's been an amazing year.

The PS4 has sold more than 6 million units as of earlier this month. Microsoft has not yet updated their sales data for the Xbox One, which sold 3 million units as of the end of last year.

You can order the products from Amazon in the following links: “Halo 5” and Xbox One.


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