PC Gamers Might Not Buy Xbox One, Admits Phil Spencer of Microsoft

Not like we thought that anyone would be delusional enough to think that they can actually sway a hardcore PC gamer from his rig and make him quit PC gaming in favor of an Xbox One, but now, we have the official word of the head of Phil Spencer admitting that.

The head of the Xbox division at Microsoft was recently asked at an event why would an exclusively and fully PC gamer, who loves Steam and also has a promising rig would want to make the switch to their console.

In his reply, Spencer was quite realistic, saying that they might not buy their console, but added that it was okay:

You might not. And I’m not trying to trick you into buying an Xbox One for what I’m doing. I was actually asked by somebody, ‘Did you do Forza 6: Apex as a way of teasing the PC gamers with how good Forza is so they’ll go buy an Xbox One?’ No. That’s not the plan. So they might not [buy an Xbox One]. And I want that to be OK.

We know that the rifts and comparisons between console gamers and PC gamers have always been there for decided reasons, the PC has more power. However, there are between 60 to 80 million Xbox Ones and PS4s out in the market right now which says a lot about the market share of consoles that isn’t going anywhere because a hardcore PC gamer won’t make the switch.

Phil Spencer also used the opportunity to explain how despite the graphical and power based differences, the uniqueness of console gaming was they key here:

10 feet away, with a controller in my hand, you and I sitting next to each other, either playing against each other or playing with each other — that is different from playing on my PC gaming rig sitting from 2 feet away playing with a keyboard and mouse or even a controller.

What is your take on the console vs PC war?

Thanks, Polygon.

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