Phil Spencer, the corporate vice president of Microsoft Studios has said that Sony have “done a nice job with PS4“.
He said: “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.“
He also praised Sony’s long term commitment to new IP: “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. 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’.“
Spencer also had kind words for Nintendo and their suite of first party titles: “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.“
Who says we all can’t get along? There’s nothing wrong with healthy competition and if nothing else, it serves to benefit us as consumers.