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Microsoft: Sony's Done a Nice Job Defining the PlayStation 4

Posted by Sammy Barker

Tell it like it is

Most gamers may see the relationship between Microsoft and Sony as some sort of bitter rivalry, but recent weeks have proven that the two companies merely view each other as sparring partners. Employees at the Redmond-based manufacturer were quick to applaud the North American launch of the PlayStation 4, while executives at the Japanese giant were also eager to return the favour a week later.

And if you were hoping for the days of Ken Kutaragi’s razor tongue to return, you may want to bunk down a little longer until something exciting happens. Speaking as part of the latest issue of Official Xbox Magazineyeah, we know – Microsoft Studios’ corporate vice president Phil Spencer was full of praise for Sony’s first-party division and the release of the company’s next generation console. Things weren’t this friendly when SEGA and Nintendo were fighting it out.

“Sony – and I’m focused on first-party because of what I do – 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,” the suit said. “They stay committed to franchises even if they don’t sell 10 million units, they’ll stay committed to things. I think that that long-term commitment to franchises is important.”

Spencer added that Sony has done a stellar job with the PS4 thus far. “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 that they’ve done a nice job in how they defined the PS4,” he beamed. If we didn’t know any better, we’d say that someone was looking for a new job. Join the party, Phil – there are no prolonged DRM controversies here.

[via oxm.co.uk, vg247.com]

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User Comments (15)

Jaz007

#1

Jaz007 said:

I think somebodys jealous. Fanboy comment aside, it's cool to see them playing friendly instead of them sending assassins to each other. (Although Sony would probably win because everyone knows they have their own ninja army.)

KiLLeRCLaM

#4

KiLLeRCLaM said:

microsoft is just being nice so everyone doesn't hate them. They might get people back on their side that they have lost. Huge corporations are just greedy and they will do or say anything and everything to make the most money so I'm not buying that nice bullshit talk

Spidernoir

#6

Spidernoir said:

You do know just because you work for a company, doesn't actually mean you have to hate other companies ?

Nintendo and PS seem to be buddies this gen and no one is batting an eye.

Spencer is a PERSON not a company.

Paranoimia

#7

Paranoimia said:

I'm sorry, but I've said it before, and I'll say it again... I don't trust Microsoft 'playing nice'. Historically, it's just not something they do, with anyone.

And yes, before anyone pulls me up on it, I know Sony aren't always magnanimous either.

KiLLeRCLaM

#9

KiLLeRCLaM said:

Microsoft is being nice so they don't stay left behind. They have always been greedy mother f******* Sony is taking it this LAST gen of consoles. We will all be playing with VR games - Oculus Rift next Gen.

Madd_Hatter401

#10

Madd_Hatter401 said:

Fanboys?....

I mean come on, the guy is obviously sincere and true as Sony does a great job committing to franchises.
KiLLeRCLaM stating Microsoft even may be "left behind" is laughable. As a fanboy you should prey that never happens as without compitition Sony is free to do as they wish.. Let's not forget Sony also considered DRM and only revered corse to win over more consumers. (Key word consumers) I own a Xbox One as well as PS4 and they are both amazing machines and awesome experiences in their own ways.

The mans words were sincere, no need to get uppity.. These companies strive off each other and the industry would be much worse off without these two competitors. this is business not gangs of New York dead rabbits vs the natives.

Paranoimia

#12

Paranoimia said:

@Ali247 I have a preference for PlayStation, certainly. But speaking only for myself, it has nothing at all to do with being a fanboy. I've had a strong dislike of Microsoft for a long time, way before PlayStation even existed.

KiLLeRCLaM

#13

KiLLeRCLaM said:

@Ali247 I only buy consoles for NHL and some racing games. I'm a PC gamer.. but I've also owned every system since Nintendo days and I loved all of them.. I don't care if it's Microsoft or Sony but I honestly do rather have a PS4 because they offer you more and hardware is better and cheaper and they understand gamers wants. And PS4 goes nice with my 70" Sony TV. Maybe Microsoft should start making TV's

Gamer83

#15

Gamer83 said:

@Grockumus

I can't stand MS as a company but have to be fair. The original Xbox was a good first console, not as good as NES was or PSone was, but still a nice entry. And from 2006-2008 there's no question the 360 was the best of the last-gen consoles and if the company hadn't foolishly let people like Shane Kim, Peter Moore and J Allard leave, it probably would've stayed that way. The Xbox One's DRM policies and everything else were a mess, I'll give you that. But for now the DRM is gone and just like the PS4 and Wii U, the X1 does have some nice games lined up for 2014.

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