Xbox, PlayStation leaders set console-war tensions aside during pandemic

Phil Spencer Home Office
Phil Spencer Home Office (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft recently hosted an Inside Xbox show from home.
  • Sony's Shuhei Yoshida congratulated Xbox's Phil Spencer on pulling off the show and launching Xbox Game Pass in Japan.
  • Spencer hoped that PlayStation employees were working from home and staying safe.
  • This is in direct contrast to what happened in 2013 when Yoshida mocked the digital-only policy and the lack of 1080p games on Xbox One.

Recently, Microsoft hosted an Inside Xbox show from home. The event had a number of amazing announcements, and we got a look at a lot of titles like the upcoming Grounded. However, what happened after is the focus here.

Sony's Shuhei Yoshida, who's now working on improving relationships with indie developers, congratulated Xbox head Phil Spencer for launching Xbox Game Pass in Japan and the Inside Xbox show.

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Spencer replied by wishing the PlayStation team well and hoped that they were staying safe. Usually, Yoshida is known for taking digs at Xbox. This was quite common when the Xbox One was revealed. Everyone remembers the infamous "game sharing" video as well as the comments on how "1080p makes you a better gamer."

It's nice to see a cordial interaction. Let's hope that once the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 launch, it continues.

Asher Madan

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.