Phil Spencer Won't Disclose Xbox Series X|S Sales, Even if it Outsells PS5 - SalesWilliam D'Angelo , posted on 06 March 2021 / 2,492 Views
Microsoft with the Xbox One quickly after its launch stopped reporting on how well the console was selling, which was likely due to how it was underperforming expectations and getting outsold by the PlayStation 4.
Head of Xbox Phil Spencer in an interview with The Guardian says they won't be reporting on Xbox Series X and S sales even if the console outsells the PlayStation 5. This is because it isn't a key metric for success, according to Spencer.
"I can promise you that I won’t do that," said Spencer. "I know it seems manipulative and I’ll apologize for that, but I don’t want my team’s focus on [console sales]. The primary outcome of all the work that we do is how many players we see, and how often they play. That is what drives Xbox.
"If I start to highlight something else, both publicly and internally, it changes our focus. Things that lack backwards compatibility become less interesting. Putting our games on PC becomes a reason that somebody doesn’t have to go and buy an Xbox Series X.
"I’ll hold fast to this. We publicly disclose player numbers. That’s the thing I want us to be driven by, not how many individual pieces of plastic did we sell."
"I think the people who want to pit us against Sony based on who sold the most consoles lose the context of what gaming is about today," he added. "There are three billion people who play games on the planet today, but maybe [only] 200 million households that have a video game console. In a way, the console space is becoming a smaller and smaller percentage of the overall gaming pie."
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