Former Microsoft executive Peter Moore admitted the company encouraged PlayStation vs. Xbox console wars, but not for the reasons you think. Moore, who enjoyed a long career in the video games industry before switching to sports as CEO of Liverpool FC, revealed in a Front Office Sports podcast that Microsoft wants to promote healthy competition in the industry.
Xbox’s current CEO denounces the wars between PlayStation and Xbox consoles
As spotted by people at IGN, Moore said Microsoft pushed the console wars with Sony so the companies would challenge each other. He believes that without this approach, the industry would not grow and experience the competition we have today, which works in favor of customers.
We encouraged console wars, not to create divisions, but to challenge each other. And when I say myself, I mean Microsoft and Sony. If Microsoft hadn’t stayed the course after Xbox, after the red rings of death, gaming would be a poorer place for it, you wouldn’t have the competition you have today.
Maybe Microsoft didn’t expect the console wars to take such a toxic turn. Current Xbox CEO Phil Spencer has taken a very different approach than his predecessors. Spencer has repeatedly said that console wars are not healthy for the industry and that companies work best in cooperation. That said, console wars are all but inevitable now despite the widespread criticism they draw from various segments of the games industry and gaming community.
In other news, Sony revealed it’s shipped 21.7 million PS5s so far and gained another million PS Plus subscribers, and PS5 firmware update beta codes are being sent to customers. users in a number of countries. This is a substantial update that introduces folders and 1440p support.