Phil Spencer Says He Feels “Really Good” With How Xbox Series X Stacks Up Against PS5
Xbox Head Phil Spencer really seems to be happy with how the Xbox Series X looks in comparison to Sony's next-gen PS5 platform.
Sony had a whole lot of eyes on its PS5 reveal event a few weeks back when it formally unveiled the specs of the next-gen platform. One of those sets of eyes that ended up watching Mark Cerny’s presentation was that of Phil Spencer, the Head of Xbox. After seeing what Sony is working with moving forward, how did Spencer end up feeling about his team’s own new console, the Xbox Series X? Well, it seems like he’s pretty pleased.
In a new conversation on IGN’s Podcast Unlocked, Spencer discussed how he feels heading into this holiday season and how he thinks the Xbox Series X stacks up directly against the PS5. In short, Spencer said, “I felt really good about how [Xbox] Series X lines up.” Spencer continued on later saying, “When we finally saw the public disclosure, I felt even better about the choices that we made on our platform and I kind of expected that I would.” He then went on to explain that he knew if he gave the hardware team at Microsoft time, the final product that they would come up with would be excellent.
Despite feeling so great about the Xbox Series X in comparison to the PS5, though, Spencer also praised the competition with what they’re doing. “I think Mark and the team did some really good work on the audio processing that they’ve talked about and their SSD technology is impressive, we like that, we saw the work that they did,” he said. In a general sense, Spencer also praised Sony and their ability to even be able to launch a new console, purely because he knows how difficult the process is.
If there’s one area where Spencer seemed to be very confident though in what the Xbox Series X is doing, it’s how Microsoft approached the system as a whole. This doesn’t just come in terms of how the platform was created, but also the larger Xbox ecosystem surrounding it. “We took a holistic view on our platform from CPU to GPU to RAM to throughput velocity architecture, latency, back compat – it took us years to get to this point,” Spencer said of the Xbox Series X.
On paper, the Xbox Series X is indeed the more powerful platform in essentially all areas compared to the PS5, other than that of the speed of the console’s SSD. As such, it’s easy to see how Spencer is happy about how his new next-gen console will stack up against Sony’s, who will once again be Microsoft’s main competition at the market.
“I believe we have a plan that can win,” Spencer said later on in the interview. “We’ve got to go execute, but I feel really good about the plan that we’ve put together.”
The Xbox Series X is planned to launch later this year in the Holiday 2020 window at a still undetermined price and date.