Just a couple of days ago, rumors began to swirl that Sony was having Performance issues with the PlayStation 5, increasing worry that the system would be delayed despite the fact that Sony claims that it’s right on schedule. Right around the same time, Phil Spencer told IGN that he’s not really worried about Sony’s next-gen console and that game delays probably won’t stop Microsoft from launching the Xbox Series X. Now, Spencer took his place on IGN’s Next-Gen Console Watch 2020 where he says he believes that Xbox has a plan that can win the next-gen console wars.
During his talks on the show, which we’ve embedded above, Spencer said,
“We have a plan and we feel very solid about it. I believe we have a plan that can win [the next generation.]”
He explained went on to explain how the Xbox team started working on the next-gen Series X console, saying that “you have to set a price target at the beginning for yourselves, then you roll in as you see the competition and you start to do your go-to-market planning.”
Spencer, one again, stopped short of disclosing a launch price for the Xbox series X or an official launch date. Then again, he didn’t deny that rumored Thanksgiving launch date after that little mishap on the official UK Xbox Site. He did, however, re-elaborate on his satisfaction with the Series X’s price and capabilities:
“I feel good about the price we’re going to be able to get to. I feel good about the price and the performance capabilities that we have for Series X. I feel incredibly strong about the overall package.”
It’s hard to say what Spencer really means from all of this, outside of backing up the fact that we all have something to be excited about. He could be referring to the fact that, despite some minor shortcomings, a comparison between the Series X and PS5 show that the Xbox is prevalent in most areas. Or perhaps it has to do with the system’s stellar backward compatibility capability or extras like the xCloud game streaming service or updates coming to Xbox Game Pass. Perhaps, Microsoft has come up with a way to make its proprietary expandable memory cards more affordable than the equivalent M.2SSD required by the PS5.
For now, a lot of that is up to individual perception, but what we can tell you is that Phil Spencer is very confident in the Xbox Series X, and this is good news for the company with all the negative rumors surrounding the PlayStation 5 right now. From an outside and unbiased perspective, it’s starting to look like the Xbox Series X is well ahead in the next-gen console war. It’s going to be interesting to see how things evolve over the next six months.