Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Admits the PS4 is “Winning”

August 13, 2014Written by Jason Dunning


With Sony announcing this week that more than 10 million PlayStation 4s have been sold to consumers since launch back in November 2013, and Microsoft last announcing that the Xbox One had shipped 5 million units as of April 2014, it’s clear Sony’s console has the upper-hand at the moment.

Xbox Boss Phil Spencer isn’t backing down though, telling Game Informer in a recent interview that he wants to win this generation:

We shipped at the same time and we’re in direct competition with the PS4. I’m not going to duck that. I want to win. I want to win this generation, but I want to win more than I want the other guy to lose. I own a PS4, and it’s not like I want it to get dusty or not have games. But I do want to sell a lot of Xbox Ones, and for many people that’s a direct competition with the PS4. As the Xbox team, we are the underdog.

While the NPD results for the last few months have placed the PlayStation 4 ahead of the Xbox One, Spencer doesn’t think this time of the year is as important as the upcoming holiday:

They beat us in June. They beat us in May. These months are small if you look at the sales. I think the whole month of June is about one week in November. They’re winning, and they’ll do their PR around it, and that makes sense. The battle is really September, October, November, and December.

As a fun look back, ex-Xbox executive Don Mattrick gave this statement back in 2008 when the Xbox 360 crossed 10 million units sold: “History has shown us that the first company to reach 10 million in console sales wins the generation battle.”

Do you think the PS4 will still dominate the Xbox One as we progress into the holiday months?