Phil Spencer has provided several statements in regards to the ongoing console wars. According to a report from Softpedia on March 13, the corporate vice president at Microsoft Studios (the software publishing branch for the upcoming “Halo 5” and other Xbox One games) was asked about the competition in on stage at this year’s SXSW Gaming Expo.
Phil Spencer stated that the battle between the gaming companies are strictly from a business standpoint, adding that he personally respects Nintendo, Sony and Valve. He went on to state that all of the corporations are trying to achieve the same end goal of making a “better form of entertainment.” You can find a few screens from the aforementioned tentatively-titled “Halo 5” with the slideshow located to the left side of this article and the comments from the executive below:
I think it should be competitive, but the competition is in the marketplace. I have ton of respect for people at Sony and the franchises they build. The same with Nintendo, or my friends at Valve… In the end what we all wanna do is to take this art form of playing games and experiencing the breaking down of the wall between the narrative and interaction [...] and just make a better form of entertainment.
Microsoft is currently competing in the same industry space with the Xbox One as Nintendo with the Wii U and Sony with the PS4.
Phil Spencer would go on to talk about going against Sony directly. Although he admitted that the PS4 had a “great launch,” he also thought that the Xbox One had the “best launch ever” in terms of home consoles from Microsoft. You can take a look at the rest of his statement below:
In terms of the concerns that people have in the social space, it's usually about how we're doing in the competition, against PlayStation, just to go directly towards that. They had a great launch. I would say, when I look at the PlayStation 4's launch and the Xbox One's… It’s been our best launch ever for an Xbox.
The launch of “Halo 5” should help Microsoft’s positioning in the console war race. However, the potential Xbox One sequel does not have an official release date.