In a recent post-E3 2016 interview, Phil Spencer talked about Xbox media briefing held on Monday at Los Angeles and, when asked about a comparison with Sony’s, he said he thinks his team is doing a better job in delivering exclusive games to the customer.
According to Spencer, four exclusive console games have been showed at E3 by Microsoft, ReCore, Dead Rising 4, Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 3. Apart from being very good, based on what the Xbox Head said to GamesIndustry International, the most important thing is all of them have imminent release date attached to their trailers.
Something that Sony hasn’t been able to deliver at all during its press conference.
“When I look at this year, I’ll just take the E3 conferences… we showed four big games launching exclusively on Xbox One and Windows 10,” he began. “When I think about Gears, Forza Horizon, ReCore, Dead Rising 4 – all of those games are launching this year and they’ve been announced, there are dates next to them.”
“And I think on the indie side, we’ve got Inside which I’ve been playing. We’ve got We Happy Few. We’ve got Below. We’ve got Cuphead. There are a ton more, but I’m just thinking about some real highlights in indie games that are coming this year.
“When I watch the other platforms, it’s not always clear to me when the games are shipping or how many of them are shipping this year.”
Spencer added that next year’s slate is also looking busy, with Scalebound, Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, Crackdown 3, Halo Wars 2 and others.
“I mean these are a pretty diverse set of games from a great set of developers. And to say that the other consoles are doing a better job shipping more games for their customer… I don’t see that.
“And I see what the other first-party is doing – Uncharted was an amazing game. I think Naughty Dog did a great job. I’m sure Last Guardian, when it ships this year, will be great, but I just look at the lineup and the quantity and the quality that our team’s been shipping and I feel really good about that.”
This is very interesting. For the first time, Spencer’s showing to be proud of what the Xbox and Windows teams are achieving not only per se, but also looking at what PlayStation and Sony are doing. He’s always been very polite and somehow fair play-addicted, but now, perhaps because he’s truly believing in this transition to the “Xbox Play Anywhere” philosophy, he’s taking a stand and making a true exhibition of pride.
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