Phil Spencer: Sony “Don’t ‘Gobble’ the Deals Up. They Buy Them”

Sony Not Adding Backwards Compatibility Feature To PS4

Xbox Boss Phil Spencer had some things to say about Sony concerning their recent rise in third-party titles coming to PS4 and the decrease in number of first-party titles for the Xbox One.

Spencer explained that Sony owning the majority of the market share doesn’t give them any advantage when signing deals with publishers and that they don’t “gobble” their deals, they just buy them.

“So, they don’t “gobble” the deals up. They buy them. You know, I read the same things you do, and I know some people think it’s somehow less expensive to sign third-party exclusives if you have a bigger market-share. I can tell you, it has nothing to do with market share.” Spencer told Gamespot.

“When you go in to do a deal, with a third party, that third party has its own view of the global market and the value of it. And they should, they should think about their assets and how valuable they are, just like anyone would when they are selling their goods.”

Microsoft showed plenty of titles at their Gamescom 2015 briefing and a number of them were first-party tittles like Forza and Halo which, of course, can help Microsoft regain some ground when it comes to the number of first-party titles and sales of Sony’s PS4.

“I do think that building up first-party exclusives is creatively more difficult than signing a deal, just by the nature of what it is. But I’ll point out too that Sony has some great first-party franchises. I’m a big fan of Uncharted, I thought that looked great at E3. I really admire the team at Naughty Dog, the team at Polyphony.”

Xbox had a kind of successful briefing at Gamescom and it sure got everybody excited with big titles although some of them are still in 2016 but it’s nice to see them on Xbox One.

  • Conveniently forgot to mention this is a response to a loaded question he was asked by a Gamespot interviewer, and not something he just spoke about.