The head of Microsoft’s Xbox division, Phil Spencer, reacts to today’s official Nintendo Switch announcement, declaring to be ‘impressed’ by the reveal.
As is to be expected following today’s long-awaited reveal for the Nintendo Switch by way of its first-ever trailer, gaming fans everywhere are collectively soaking up all of the information that can be obtained about the Big N’s next system. Of course, the public aren’t the only ones who kept their eye on today’s official announcement of the Nintendo Switch, as the head of Microsoft’s Xbox division, Phil Spencer, got a glimpse of the forthcoming console as well, stating that he’s “impressed” by what he saw.
As seen in the tweet below, a fan on Twitter asked the Xbox boss what he thought about the Switch’s big reveal, with Spencer seeming excited about what Nintendo had to show. As a matter of fact, he didn’t hold back his praise for the grand unveiling, stating, “I’m always impressed with their ability to state a bold vision and build a product that delivers on that vision.”
As many gamers are likely aware, Spencer is rarely one to mince words or hold back his positive comments when it comes to his fandom of the video game medium, even when they relate to the products of rival companies. In the past, the Xbox boss has declared the console wars to be “distasteful,” favoring a more enthusiastic approach when it comes to making and promoting video games and their hardware.
Speaking of which, when another fan chimed in on the social media platform to share his opinion that “Nintendo is running fast to self-destruction” after deciding to manufacture hardware for the Switch like its controllers called “Joy-Cons” and its portable game-pads, Spencer defended the Big N’s choice. Specifically, the Xbox boss replied by saying, “Innovation, for all of us, is the best long term differentiator. It’s not ads/promotions, true innovation is critical.”
This isn’t the first time that Phil Spencer has publicly given Nintendo credit for its work. Several months ago, the Xbox boss said he was more than satisfied with the partnership for Minecraft between Microsoft and the Big N, declaring it to be “great.” Furthermore, he even had a positive reaction earlier this year after Breath of the Wild was revealed, and gave praise to the upcoming Zelda game.
Taking all of this into consideration, even though Phil Spencer is supportive of Nintendo and the gaming industry at large, it’s not as if the Microsoft veteran doesn’t have love for his own company’s products. Not long ago, in fact, Spencer went on record to promise fans that the forthcoming Xbox Scorpio is much more than a simple upgrade to what’s on the market right now for Microsoft’s current generation console. That said, it will be interesting to see how the Nintendo Switch’s specs stack up against the Scorpio’s once they are finally detailed in full.
The Nintendo Switch is set to launch sometime in March 2017.
Source: Phil Spencer — Twitter