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Xbox's Matt Booty Praises PlayStation Lineup, Wants More High Production Games on Xbox

Xbox's Matt Booty Praises PlayStation Lineup, Wants More High Production Games on Xbox - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 November 2021 / 1,740 Views

Xbox Game Studios boss Matt Booty in an interview with Kinda Funny Games (and transcribed by VideoGamesChronicle) praised the first-party PlayStation lineup with its immersive AAA titles. 

Booty wants to see these types of games on Xbox that have a big open world you can get lost in, as well as high production values and well realised characters.

"First, just to bring it up, hats off to Sony and their studio system and the leaders that they’ve got there, I mean it’s fantastic," Booty said. "You can’t argue with the quality and the craft and the games that they’ve delivered, that they’re working on now and the stuff that we’ve seen so far, so just kudos and hats off to them.

Xbox's Matt Booty Praises PlayStation Lineup, Wants More High Production Games on Xbox

"I tend to come at that, less of 'one of those' and more making sure that we are paying attention to fan expectations. I think that there’s a certain kind of game that generates an anticipation that kind of becomes this big tentpole moment, it’s a game that fits that intersection that everybody can play and it’s also a big world that you feel like you can inhabit, and I think those kinds of games are important.

"And certainly, it’s been a place where we have not been out in front, we haven’t really had the sort of one to one with Sony there. I don’t necessarily want to get into, 'what’s our Uncharted? What’s our Horizon Zero Dawn? What’s our this? What’s our that?' I don’t think that does anybody any good.

"But you hit on a great point which is, what I take away was, what are those game that have got universal themes, that have got a big world that people want to get lost in, that have really well realised characters and really high production values? That is absolutely what we want to go after."

Xbox's Matt Booty Praises PlayStation Lineup, Wants More High Production Games on Xbox

Booty added Xbox is not gone growing and are working to make sure Xbox has "those kinds of games."

"[Xbox boss] Phil [Spencer] did an interview yesterday I think with the Wall Street Journal and he was talking about, 'look we’re not done, we’re still growing, the games industry is growing, Xbox is growing,'" said Booty.

"So we studios are going to have to grow along with that, and making sure that we've got those kinds of games for our fans is important for us."


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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24 Comments
padib (on 20 October 2021)

The thing Sony has that Microsoft doesn't are movie-level quality of character and world development that is believable, such as what we see in TLOU, Uncharted, God of War. Especially important for them to notice is that these big Sony-owned IPs are not set in the future or in a fantasy world as most of Xbox IPs are, but are set on Earth in modern or ancient times, and they have style, a focus on clothing, environment, cinematography, script and believable characters.

This is what xbox studios don't have that they should work on, but their own versions.

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zero129 padib (on 20 October 2021)

Out of them 3 IP's you named only 1 is set in modern times, 1 is set in a post apocalyptic future and the other is set in a fantasy world.. But yes i agree, Sony is great with the movie style games and story's with believable characters.

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padib zero129 (on 20 October 2021)

You get the idea though. I think if Microsoft does that then they can claim they are competing for real on IP strength. For now I think we all realize MS is catching up.

I'm wishing them the best.

@vizigoth04 Would be cool to see Master Chief get something like dread or something 3rd person, perhaps a Halo MMO could be cool.

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scrapking padib (on 24 October 2021)

I'm all for more expansions of the Halo universe into other genres. The two Halo Wars RTS games, and the two Halo "Strike" twin-stick shooters, are all excellent games. All four of them added to my appreciation of the Halo universe.

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Vizigoth04 padib (on 20 October 2021)

I’ve mentioned it in similar posts before that PlayStation tends to make Characters much like Nintendo. You know who Link, Mario, Nathan Drake and Kratos are. And then you know Master Chief but you only know him during cinematics. Every time you play as Master Chief in game you never get to see the character so in turn there’s no bond to build. And I get it yeah First Person duh! But leave that to your CoDs and Battlefields where the “Avatar” will always be forgettable. Give me Master Chief in his entirety not just a walking gun simulator.

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Azzanation Vizigoth04 (on 20 October 2021)

Mate, you clearly have no idea how popular the Master Chief is. He drawfs most of the characters you mentioned except Link and Mario.

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Manlytears Azzanation (on 21 October 2021)

i speak with all the respect in the world, I don't want to offend...
If you told me that Master chief "dawrfs" any Playstation Character 4 years ago I would have to agree, but nowadays!? Kratos became a better known character than Chief (especially outside the USA). SSM took the character to a new level with the latest GoW, without a doubt today Kratos is more iconic and known, the same goes for Link and Mario...

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Azzanation Manlytears (on 22 October 2021)

1 game doesn't make a game a bigger franchise overnight. Halo has been massive ever since it launched and continued to do so for decades. Master Chief is one of the most recognizable characters in gaming history and Halo is in the Gaming Hall of Fame for obvious reasons. Master Chief is an icon of gaming just like how Mario and others are.

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victor83fernandes Vizigoth04 (on 21 October 2021)

Its not just characters, resogun is my favourite game of last generation and it doesn't even have characters, ghost of tsushima and death stranding and Days gone are all brilliant games and I cant even remember the characters names. Sony wins on exclusives because of variety and quality games, ratchet and clank is amazing and totally different from spiderman, and my favourite current gen game, Returnal, then there's demon souls, sackboy, all fantastic games, all very different from each other and many more.

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scrapking Vizigoth04 (on 24 October 2021)

Gears, being third-person, does this better than Halo does in some ways. That said, there are some non-protagonist characters that I have a strong connection with from Halo (such as the Arbiter, though he's also a protagonist character in some of the games obviously).

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Jaicee padib (on 20 October 2021)

I think Sony's first-party library is the overall best in the console business, but it ain't because they're all open world adventures with "universal themes", whatever that means (I think it means 'containing nothing controversial'). My favorite titles published by Sony in recent years have been the ones that don't appeal to just everyone, like TLOU2, like Death Stranding, like Returnal. What separates these from most AAA releases (besides production values) is sincerity of intent coupled with a willingness to take risks. Not everyone will agree, but to me, they're masterpieces on par with the God of War remake and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and well most things Uncharted. None of these games (the first three I mentioned) fared too well commercially, but Sony still supports them anyway and gives the developers bigger budgets for their next projects. That's the side of the institution I respect the most. I just wish they maintained that attitude more consistently.

I think Matt Booty is learning the wrong lessons from Sony in seeking only to copycat those games and franchises of theirs that enjoy nigh-universal appeal; only the shallower, safely T-rated entries in the Sony first-party lineup.

What I'd like to see more of from the Xbox brand going forward, personally, is more Xbox exclusives in the (incoming pun definitely intended) spirit of Psychonauts 2 and The Medium (especially the former). I'll take the controversial position, in that vein, that I'm looking forward to As Dusk Falls.

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Azzanation Jaicee (on 20 October 2021)

I believe his more referring to production value, not copying the styles.

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victor83fernandes Jaicee (on 21 October 2021)

I disagree, I think Nintendo is the best first party in the business. I have both a PC, PS5 and switch.
Nintendo games such as Mario , Mario Kart, Pikmin, Zelda, Animal crossing, Splatoon, Luigi mansion, mario 2D, Xenoblades, Pokemon, Astral Chain, Metroid and many more, all fantastic games, just a touch above sony games. Sony still wins due to third party games.

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Azzanation padib (on 20 October 2021)

Nothing wrong with Sci-fi or fiction styled games. Halo and Doom are bigger franchises than those you listed. Its more to do with how they are made. Halo 5 went backwards and offered a very short campaign where as Sony games offer quite larger movie styled stories. Not everyone wants to play a game based on earth. Not me anyway,

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scrapking Azzanation (on 24 October 2021)

I agree, in that Halo is much more interesting to me than Battlefield or CoD because your player, and some of the enemies, are shielded and typically take more than one shot to kill, which changes the strategies you must approach the game with.

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Spade (on 20 October 2021)

When you can't make em.... buy em.

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Trunkin Spade (on 20 October 2021)

I mean, isn't that a basic rule for basically everything in life?

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mjk45 Trunkin (on 20 October 2021)

it's the third step that worries me .... then eat em

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method114 (on 20 October 2021)

The sad part is Xbox used to be right there with Sony as far as quality games. I bought an Xbox just for Gears of War and Mass Effect. Unfortunately they are still just releasing Gears of War and Halo and haven't really done anything on that level since then it feels like. I'm tired of both of those series. Game pass has been pretty cool though.

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gtotheunit91 method114 (on 20 October 2021)

I totally agree with you. The second half of the 360 era was a complete change in management, and I guess they were happy just with what they had and a focus on entertainment causing the Xbone to happen. Thankfully most, if not all, the heads that were leading at that time are now gone. Now, I have more Xbox first-party games that I'm looking forward to personally than Sony's. Which I never thought I would say again lol

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method114 gtotheunit91 (on 21 October 2021)

I'm still looking forward more towards Sonys titles because they've just had such a spectacular record with releasing quality games. With that said this is the first time in a while MS has my full attention and I'm excited to see what they do.

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Dante9 (on 21 October 2021)

Sony's power lies in the writing. The characters and situations are written so that they are relatable around the world and you really get to know what goes on inside the characters' heads. Kratos only needs to grunt a certain way and you know exactly what he is thinking. The dialog rings true and authentic and it is genuinely touching when it needs to be. The voice talent is top notch, their casting game is strong.
Couple this with excellent visuals and solid world building and gameplay, and the whole package just comes together in a memorable way.

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DonFerrari (on 21 October 2021)

That is on his power to do, so let's see it hapening,

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LudicrousSpeed (on 20 October 2021)
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