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.”