Microsoft’s Phil Spencer Speaks Against Fanboyism

Phil Spencer says fanboyism is “unhealthy.”

Spencer, who currently serves as Vice President of Microsoft Studios, gave these remarks during an interview conducted at the South by Southwest 2014 Expo earlier this month. In the interview, Spencer says that there’s no reason for fans of one console not to enjoy another company’s products and admitted to doing the same himself.

“I love the fans that we have, but being a fan of Xbox doesn’t mean you can’t be a fan of something else, or that you have to be an anti-fan of some other brand,” he said. “I own a PlayStation 4. I play games on my PlayStation 4. I own and I play games on my Wii U. I learn a ton from what happens on those other platforms.” Spencer further expressed that he has “a ton of respect for the people at Sony” and said that “it’s the same with Nintendo, or my friends at Valve.”

“There seems to be this natural faction that gets created around what console you own, and then this… I would call it ‘unhealthy dislike’ for people who own the other console,” he said. While be does believe that the console market should be “competitive” he expressed his desire to keep competition “in the market place.”

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3 Comments on Microsoft’s Phil Spencer Speaks Against Fanboyism


On March 13, 2014 at 2:54 pm

I suddenly have a lot of respect for this guy. I hope fanboys start to learn that our mutual love for games isn’t something to fight about.


On March 13, 2014 at 4:26 pm

Congratulations, Phil Spencer. You’ve managed in one single comment to come across as pretty much the only sane person working for or involved with Microsoft.


On March 14, 2014 at 9:02 pm

I think what he is overlooking is that not everyone can afford all 3 systems(4 if you count a gaming pc). The reason people get fanboyed up is they want more people on their choice of one of these. If their friends are all on xbox and they are on ps4 they wont be able to play with them.

I remember when i was a kid i had to choose what system i wanted because i was only getting one. This was before online gaming so it wasnt that big of an issue. I still wanted people to pick my system over the others because then i could borrow games.

You rarely see this action from adults because in most cases they can afford more than one system.