Back in the 90s, the console wars were as fierce as ever, but it seems that Xbox chief Phil Spencer ain’t got no time for such tribalism.
Decades later the console wars still rage on as some gamers will defend their favourite brand until the very end. Nintendo, PlayStation, Xbox, and PC fans will often live and die alongside their favourite gaming peripheral.
For me personally, I’ve never got aboard the console wars. As a child, I just appreciated the gaming console that was available to me at that time. Today, if I was able to enjoy more than one console, then life just gets better.
That being said, it seems that Phil Spencer hasn’t got time for console wars either, as revealed during an interview with Edge Magazine (via VGC). “I spend zero energy on ‘how do I make other gaming platforms smaller so that Xbox gets bigger’,” said Spencer. “I’m more interested in the growing pie of gaming than I am our slice of the pie-eating into someone else’s.
“It’s not about somebody else getting smaller so that we get bigger“
“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.”
Spencer continued: “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.”
In related news, today is a big day for Xbox gamers as it’s the launch of the Halo Infinite campaign. Rejoice!
In our review of Halo Infinite, we said: “Halo Infinite campaign certainly had dull points. However, sheer thrill shines through at several points, proving that there’s still life in this 20-year-old franchise. It’s now up to 343 Industries to keep it that way.”
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