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Microsoft's Spencer Respects Sony's "Stick-to-it-iveness"

Microsoft's Phil Spencer has some nice things to say about Sony's commitment to freshness.

Microsoft Studios VP, Phil Spencer, is a sensible guy.  During a recent OXM UK interview, the executive had some praise for the competition; namely, Nintendo and Sony.

After applauding Nintendo for their first-party greatness - he called their IP catalogue "amazing" - Spencer had some kind words for Sony's commitment to creativity and innovation.  He also praised their "stick-to-it-iveness," addressing Sony's willingness to stick with franchises that don't necessarily sell well right out of the gate.

"Sony - and I'm focused on first-party because of what I do - I really respect their focus on investing in new things and creative things, what they've done with David Cage and Quantic Dream around Beyond [Two Souls] and Heavy Rain; they stay committed to franchises even if they don't sell 10 million units, they'll stay committed to things."

"Sony - and I'm focused on first-party because of what I do - I really respect their focus on investing in new things and creative things, what they've done with David Cage and Quantic Dream around Beyond [Two Souls] and Heavy Rain; they stay committed to franchises even if they don't sell 10 million units, they'll stay committed to things."

Spencer added that "long-term commitment to franchises" is critical, and it's all too easy to just throw in the towel if a new IP doesn't immediately hit big.  Lastly, the Microsoft boss says Sony has done a "nice job with the PS4," as the company displayed a "clear focus on the customer."

It's nice when the head honchos... uh... play nice.

We often see headlines galore when a major Sony, Microsoft, or Nintendo boss takes a pot shot at the competition.  But it's nice to hear influential executives when they're being objective.  For the most part, analysts and journalists agree that Sony has indeed done a "nice job" with the PlayStation 4, and the company's commitment to groundbreaking new IPs is well documented.  That has, and will likely continue to be, Sony's bread-and-butter in this industry.

Published Jan. 3rd 2014

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