10 Jun 2021 4:14 PM +00:00

Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Offers Veiled Criticism Of Sony's PC Strategy

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has issued thinly veiled criticism at Sony's PC strategy. We've seen a much more unified approach from Microsoft in recent years, who've launched games simultaneously on PC, Xbox and - even more recently - Cloud Streaming. Unsurprisingly then, Spencer had a few words to say.

During a media briefing about upcoming plans for Game Pass, he told reporters:

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So right now, we are 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. And of course, all of our games are in our subscription service day one, full cross-platform included.

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Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Offers Veiled Criticism Of Sony's PC Strategy

While Spencer doesn't directly name Sony, it's pretty clear that he's referring to Xbox's main rivals. Compared to Microsoft, Sony's been inconsistent with PC releases, having launched Horizon Zero Dawn and Days Gone years after the original PS4 versions.

Spencer's comments follow on from a recent PlayStation Blog post, where head of PlayStation Studios Hermen Hulst claimed there's "an appetite from gamers outside the PlayStation ecosystem" for their latest releases, before emphasising that "PlayStation will remain the best place" to play their games.

That said, Predator: Hunting Grounds saw a simultaneous PC/PS4 release last year - Helldivers only arrived on PC a few months after PS4, too - but there's not a set pattern here. With Uncharted 4 rumoured to be coming over, Sony are slowly making strides into PC gaming, and we'll keep you updated as we learn more.

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