Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer admits Nintendo and Sony won the console war over Xbox

The Microsoft exec also admitted that Xbox has fallen way behind on its competitors.

Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer admits Nintendo and Sony won the console war over Xbox

Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer has openly acknowledged that the company’s Xbox console cannot win the “console war” against its competitors, Nintendo and Sony. Spencer made the candid admission during an appearance on Kinda Funny Games, a popular Xbox community YouTube channel.

During the interview, Spencer noted that it was naïve to assume that players of Sony or Nintendo consoles would switch allegiance to Xbox over highly anticipated games. He argued that simply creating great games alone is not enough to shift console share in a significant way.


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Phil Spencer explains how Xbox lost last generation to Sony

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Spencer also admitted that Xbox lost the last console generation to Sony, describing it as “the worst generation to lose.” He stated that Xbox is not in the business of trying to out-console Sony or Nintendo. Rather, it is focusing on other aspects of the gaming industry.

The Microsoft executive emphasized that the company’s focus will be on Game Pass and ensuring seamless gaming across devices. He noted that the gaming industry has changed significantly. It is no longer a world where people sell their PS5s for a highly anticipated game like Starfield.


While Spencer’s candid admission may be surprising, it is not entirely unexpected. The gaming industry has become increasingly competitive over the years. The console wars have become a central part of the narrative. With Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Nintendo’s Switch gaining significant market share, Xbox has struggled to keep up.

Spencer’s focus on Game Pass and Xcloud is not surprising. This is because of the success that these services have seen over the past year. Game Pass has become one of the most popular gaming subscription services. It offers access to a large library of games for a monthly fee. Meanwhile, Xcloud allows players to stream games to their devices, making it more accessible and convenient for many gamers. Despite Microsoft’s struggles in the console market, the company’s focus on these services could ultimately give them an edge over their competitors. By prioritizing convenience and accessibility, Microsoft is positioning itself to be a leader in the future of gaming.

Although Microsoft may not be able to win the “console war” with its Xbox, the company’s focus on Game Pass and Xcloud could ultimately give them an edge over their competitors, as the gaming industry continues to evolve. As the console wars rage on, it will be interesting to see how Microsoft and its competitors adapt to the changing landscape of gaming.


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