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Sony’s recent decision to bring some of its more popular first-party PlayStation titles to the PC platform has been generally well received, but the head of Xbox doesn’t seem particularly impressed. Speaking during a virtual briefing shown to press this week, Phil Spencer issued a thinly veiled dig at Sony by suggesting that the Japanese gaming giant was intentionally delaying their PC ports by years in an attempt to maximize console sales and charge gamers twice for the same game. Spencer argues that this is largely opposite to what Microsoft is doing: “all of our games are in our subscription service day one, full cross-platform included.”

“As the Xbox ecosystem grows in both content and total size, it becomes more valuable to both players and our partners. So right now, we’re the only platform shipping games on console, PC, and cloud simultaneously. Others bring console games to PC years later, not only making people buy their hardware up front, but then charging them a second time to play on PC.”

Source: Eurogamer

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  1. The makers of just about EVERY OTHER CONSOLE TITLE FOR THE PAST 30 YEARS needs your attention MORE than Sony there man.
  2. Yeah this is the "We are sorely behind this generation, so we’ll take what shots we can".

    If they would actually execute on their vision they would have the hands down winner – an ecosystem that goes beyond the console is a great idea, and they almost have "Netflix of gaming" going on. But they just haven’t quite got out of their own way yet to make it really worth while.

    Maybe someday… MS does have a habit of continuing to refine until they finally get … maybe not the best version of themselves, but something workable … and then proceeds to use that like a cudgel to beat everyone else into conformity.

  3. obligatory "there are no consoles to buy" remark from me

    At least MS releases exclusives the same time on PC and X-box, not a bad idea given how few consoles of them are in the wild.

  4. obligatory "there are no consoles to buy" remark from me

    At least MS releases exclusives the same time on PC and X-box, not a bad idea given how few consoles of them are in the wild.

    MS is only doing that because they are losing the race, and they haven’t exactly convinced / compensated many third party developers in following suit — so all those EA / Ubisoft / Activision games that all do the same thing – no criticism there eh?

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