In an interview with OXM, Microsoft Game Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer was full praise when discussing Sony and their PS4. He believes the company has “done a nice job” with the system, and admires the support they give towards studios like Quantic Dream.
“Sony–and I’m focused on first-party because of what I do–I really respect their focus on investing in new things and creative things, what they’ve done with David Cage and Quantic Dream around Beyond [Two Souls] and Heavy Rain; they stay committed to franchises even if they don’t sell 10 million units, they’ll stay committed to things,” Spencer said.
“I think that long-term commitment to franchises is important, where it’s easy to pull off the Band-Aid and move onto the next thing [if it doesn’t sell]. I respect their ‘stick-to-it-iveness’. I’ll say, they’ve done a nice job with PS4 […] When I think about their announcement, their clear focus on a customer, leading with the value proposition of what they’re trying to do, staying true to a vision, I think they’ve done a nice job in how they defined the PS4.”
Both Sony and Microsoft congratulated each other once each of the company’s console launched. Both are known for praising each other, and believe both push each to deliver better content for consumers.
Spencer was also careful not to leave out Nintendo, as he believes their brand name and first-party catalog is “amazing”. And he also explained that the recent Killer Instinct reboot was able to find a large audience due to its history on Nintendo platforms.
“Nintendo, I think–and there’s some argument about this–that their first-party is such an amazing asset,” he said. “Their first-party studios and IP can lead what they do as a company and the platforms are almost in service to the IP–not in a bad way.
Obviously, the history of Killer Instinct isn’t a history on Xbox, but it’s Rare’s history and I think the reaction when we announced it on-stage at E3 showed that playing to the people’s heart, I think Nintendo does that as well as anybody in terms of hitting the franchises and having huge success with them,” he said.