Phil Spencer Doesn’t Agree With PlayStation’s Release Strategy For PC

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.

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