With all the drama surrounding Redfall, Xbox boss Phil Spencer had a live interview yesterday to discuss the issues with the game and the current state of the Xbox brand. Phil addressed the problems with Redfall saying he is aware gamers have been let down and Arkane will work on improving the experience. However, outside of the Redfall mess, Phil also opened up about the current state of the industry.
In the interview, Spencer admitted that the Xbox brand will never win the console war and that the company will never “out-console” its rivals, Nintendo and Sony. He says that there isn’t a future where Starfield releases to 11/10 reviews and everyone abandons their Nintendo and PlayStation to move to Xbox.
READ MORE – Hollywood Studios Exploring AI to Write Scripts Amidst Writers Strike
Spencer admitted that Xbox players don’t feel like they are first-class citizens at the moment. He says that Microsoft lost the worst generation there was to lose (the Xbox One/PS4 era).
“We lost the worst generation to lose, in the Xbox One generation, when everybody built their digital library of games, everybody who walks into a retailer to buy a console are already a member of one of three ecosystems. Their digital library is there, the continuity from generation is so strong.”
On a positive note, Phil Spencer did touch on the future of Xbox. He says that the June Games Showcase will deliver some exciting announcements. He also confirmed that players will get confirmation on whether or not Starfield will get a 60fps mode soon.
We know that Microsoft plans to host a June Games Showcase next month. It will then follow up with a full Starfield Direct stream where Bethesda will deep dive into the game. Starfield is likely Microsoft’s biggest game release since Halo 4 so there’s a lot riding on its success.