Xbox boss Phil Spencer says he feels confident in the Xbox Series X’s hardware and launch games compared to the PlayStation 5.
Following the PlayStation 5 reveal event, which announced a number of titles and showed the console for the first time, many were curious to see what Microsoft had to say about its rival’s showing.
In a recent interview as part of this year’s Gamelab Live conference, Xbox head Phil Spencer said that he felt that Sony did a good job and even sent Jim Ryan, president of Sony Interactive Entertainment, a congratulatory note.
However, he added that, after Sony’s showing, he’s now more confident than ever in the Xbox Series X’s capabilities.
‘Just being honest, I felt good after seeing their show. I think the hardware advantages that we have built are going to show up as we’re talking more about our games and frame rates and other things,’ he said, as transcribed by VGC, which seems to imply that there will be a difference in power between the two consoles.
‘So I thought they did a good job, I thought they do what they do very well and they did that, but when I think about the position that we’re in, with the games that we’re going to be able to show and how they’re going to show up, and the hardware advantage that we have, I think we’re in a very good position.’
In addition, he implies that the Xbox Series X’s launch line-up of games will have an advantage over the PS5’s too.
‘I thought the games line-up that we’re going to have at launch I felt really good about, and we got more clarity on what they’re doing at their show which just helped us focus in on more of what we have, and I think that will be a strength for us at launch.’
He also mentioned the upcoming July event, where we will get to see new footage of first party titles, such as Halo Infinite.
The last Xbox presentation, which was centred around third party games, wasn’t received particularly well due to a lack of live gameplay footage, among other things.
At the time, Microsoft acknowledged that it had maybe set expectations too high, and Spencer has reiterated that it has taken onboard the criticisms.
‘Teams are working hard to get it lined up, we’ve taken feedback from our last event and I think people are really going to be pleased with what we’re going to be showing there. Halo [Infinite] will be a big part of it and I think that’s obviously an important title for us.’
The Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 are scheduled to launch in time for Christmas this year.
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