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Phil Spencer took to Twitter to express his thoughts on the console wars. According to the Xbox head, the console rivalry is senseless.
Recently, Spencer tweeted out to Tarsier Games to congratulate the development team for their most recent title, Little Nightmares. Following his compliment, Spencer received a bit of hate from one user, who claimed that it was coincidental that the head of Xbox was promoting a multiplatform game, that appeared to have better reviews on the Xbox One than any other system it was released.
After the accusation had been made, Spencer replied to the user, explaining that people should play games on whichever platform they currently own. “I’ll never feel strange promoting great games,” Spencer replied. “You should play it on the platform you own..”
After his response, Spencer later added that gaming is all about the games, not the system that you’re playing it on. “When specific game discussions turn from playing great games to which piece of plastic I own I feel like we’ve lost the plot a bit,” he tweeted.
This is not the first time; the Xbox head has expressed his disapproval of the console wars. Last year, he stated that he finds it “utterly distasteful” when some ‘gamers’ have an elitist attitude when a game on a rival platform receives a lower-than-anticipated score on a review.
“And I don’t. I’ve been vocal about that as well. I’ll turn it around now. Like, when ReCore came out and there were some of the lower scores that were given, I would have PlayStation fans tweet me, happy that ReCore wasn’t getting great review scores from some outlets. I just thought it was such a negative thing for our industry for somebody to be gleeful that somebody gave a game a review that was lower than what the team expected. And I don’t just think about that in terms of the games that we build. I can look at Hello Games and No Man’s Sky. I’ve known Sean Murray for years, and I said I want them to be successful with the games that [the industry] builds. The games industry gets bigger and better as more people enjoy playing games. And I also think about the teams behind these games, and these are people who spend years of their lives, so committed to the art form of building games. And then when it comes out, for somebody to kind of fold that into a “My console is better than your console” in a very petty way, I find it completely distasteful.”
Regardless of whether you’re a fan of Nintendo, PC, PlayStation or Xbox, at the end of the day the important thing is that we are purchasing a system we like based on preference. But more importantly, that the games we get on our platform of choice are fun.