Xbox head Phil Spencer admitted during a live interview at the 2015 GeekWire Summit that, when it comes to overall profits, he doesn’t know whether or not the Xbox One will be able to beat the PlayStation 4.
During the interview, he stated that he is not sure if the Xbox One can close in on what he calls Sonny’s “huge lead”, and its due largely to the Xbox One’s poor launch. And when Phil Spencer was asked on whether the Xbox One sales will be able to surpass the PS4’s numbers, he simply said: “You know, I don’t know. You know, the length of the generation, they [Sony] have a huge lead and they have a good product. I love the content, the games line-up that we have.”
Obviously, Microsoft has a lot of work to do if they ever want the Xbox rise up from its failure of a launch as the Xbox head admitted that morale in the Xbox Department was low as the people in that department probably received some strong words from their superiors, also not to mention the scrutiny from “unfair” public perception against the Xbox One as Spencer puts it.
“One thing that probably I didn’t realize as much as I should have when I started in this role was the impact that the launch had on our team here in Redmond, the Xbox team. Because it’s easy to read the blogs and the sites and my Twitter feed and see what the customers think of our brand and our product, but the team in Redmond took as much of a hit as the external community did around the launch.
“And I sit back and I think about an [organization] of thousands of people, you’re down in the organization and some words and some actions from executives kinda just trash all the work that you’ve done over the last three years, many weekends and nights, and you start to question why am I doing this? Why am I working so hard when a few crass comments can actually position our product more directly than any work that the team was doing?” said Microsoft Xbox Head Phil Spencer.
However, the Xbox boss is still hopeful for the future of Xbox One. He mentions right now they are focusing on the consumers instead of how to beat the PS4. He stated that: “I would never question the ability of our organization, but I’ll say we’re not motivated by beating Sony, we’re motivated by gaining as many customers as we can.” .
The inclusion of the backward compatibility feature for Xbox 360 games is a good move, but it’s also a sign that Microsoft is already sort of desperate, giving the Xbox One the ability to play Xbox 360 games means they are ready to sacrifice the Xbox 360 in order to boost the Xbox One’s sales, because in doing so will result in a cut in the Xbox 360 sales in favor of the newer Xbox One. But we will have yet to see if this move will prove beneficial for Microsoft as this feature hasn’t been rolled our completely yet.
Clearly the PS4 is dominating this console generation, with the Xbox One being outsold by the PS4 by roughly 108 units to 1, Microsoft has long and Arduous uphill battle ahead of them. They have begun their climb back by introducing price cuts, making the Kinect as a separate purchase and doing away with the always online crap. But even while being at the top, Sony has also started a price drop for the console, so we’ll see on how things goes on MS side on what move they will make to make the Xbox One desirable and make this generations console wars competitive again.
As of writing:
PS4: 25.4 million units sold
Xbox One: 13.9 million sold
You can watch the full interview below: