Head of Xbox Phil Spencer chastised other companies for their approach to brining console games to PC in a recent press briefing. While he never mentioned Sony or PlayStation by name, they seem to have been the highest target on the list. According to VGC, Spencer was particularly critical of charging players twice to play games on different platforms.
“So right now, we are the only platform shipping games on console, PC and cloud simultaneously,” Spencer said. “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,” continued Spencer.
Although he didn’t drop any names, it’s odd to him criticize others within the game industry. He’s had a long history of speaking out against console wars, and often praises competition. Spencer even congratulated Insomniac Games on the reception of Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart.
First-party games from Xbox developers have been releasing on both console and PC for quite some time. This is bolstered by Game Pass, which allows users to play the same game across their console, PC, and mobile device. Microsoft recently announced they are doubling down on streaming services with Xbox-branded streaming devices. The company also plans to release one new game every three months, each being added to Xbox Game Pass.
Sony first port to PC was Horizon Zero Dawn, which came three years after the game’s initial launch. Days Gone recently made the leap to PC as well, a little over two years after its release.
Sony is unlikely to budge on its PC release plans. In a recent interview, PlayStation Studio Head Hermen Hulst made it clear that the PlayStation console was still the company’s priority.