Xbox Chief Phil Spencer Smacks Sony Over PlayStation To PC Game Port Strategy
One point of friction between the two comes concerning games and how they're delivered to consumers. Given that Microsoft has its Windows PC and Xbox platforms to distribute games, it has the ability -- so far, with great success -- to release first-party games simultaneously only on both platforms. In addition, through Xbox Game Pass, gamers can play new releases on day one with their subscription -- not just old games from its existing PlayStation-exclusive library (as with PS Now).
"So right now, we are the only platform shipping games on console, PC, and cloud simultaneously," said Xbox chief Phil Spencer in a pre-E3 2021 briefing, according to GamesIndustry. "Others bring console games to PC years later, not only making people buy their hardware upfront but then charging them a second time to play on PC." Spencer is, of course, talking about Sony PlayStation exclusives which eventually make their way over to the PC side years down the road. We've seen this in the past with games like Death Stranding, Horizon Zero Dawn, and Days Gone, which eventually received PC ports.
"But I want to emphasize that PlayStation will remain the best place to play our PlayStation Studios titles at launch," said PlayStation Studios boss Hermen Hulst during a PlayStation Q&A earlier this month. "But we do value PC gamers, and we'll continue to look at the right times to launch each game."
Neither strategy is perfect, but Spencer feels that Microsoft's approach is more consumer-centric with greater access to popular games, both new and old. And this approach will only accelerate in the future, according to Xbox Game Studios boss Matt Booty.
"In terms of the overall lineup, we want to get to a point of releasing a new game every quarter," said Booty. "We know that a thriving entertainment service needs a consistent and exciting flow of new content. So, our portfolio will continue to grow as our service grows."