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]