Phil Spencer’s Leaked PS5 Reveal Reaction: “We Have A Better Product Than Sony Does”

The CEO was quite proud of its product after the PS5 reveal.

Story Highlights

  • Phil Spencer’s initial reaction to the PS5 reveal three years ago has surfaced online from recently leaked FTC court docs. The response is from an unredacted email exchange between him and other executives.
  • He initially talks about the stress before the reveal but calls it a good day for Xbox after analyzing the console and community for 12 hours. He says that Xbox has a better product than Sony does.
  • He first mentions that PS4 had an edge over the Xbox One in many ways. Then, he points out the quirks of the new PS5 and claims Xbox has several advantages this time around.
  • Phil has recently admitted to losing the console wars. Additionally, the Xbox Series X|S refresh will arrive next year, and the next-gen of Xbox consoles will be released in 2028.

Phil Spencer’s reaction to the PS5 reveal three years ago has leaked online from newly surfaced FTC court docs. The Xbox brand CEO’s reaction comes from an unredacted email dialogue between him, Satya Nadella —the CEO of Microsoft himself— and the CFO Amy Hood. He dubs Xbox Series X|S to be a better product than Sony’s PS5.

The unredacted email exchange between Phil Spencer and his team, courtesy of NeoGaf user Bernoulli.
The unredacted email exchange between Phil Spencer and other executives, courtesy of NeoGaf user Bernoulli.

Phil first discusses the disadvantage that Xbox One had compared to the PS4 in terms of “price and performance (and messaging).” The CEO spent 12 hours taking apart the specs of the PS5 and analyzing the community’s reaction to the reveal and then claimed that he was quite proud of his team.

We have a better product than Sony does, not just on hardware but equally important on the software platform and services on top of the hardware. We have the ingredients of a winning plan.”


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Phil Spencer further says he feels the need to be humbly confident but dubs the PS5 reveal a “good day” for the Xbox brand. After analyzing the specs of the PlayStation 5 console, Phil said that Xbox expects to have a “30% advantage on GPU performance and a 25% memory bandwidth advantage in terms of real-world performance.

Things have quite changed for the Xbox brand as the current generation progresses. Phil Spencer recently admitted that it has lost the console wars. Gamers over on the forums pointed out that the initial confidence-exuding statement does not reflect the recent developments in the Xbox brand.

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S were revealed three years ago, bringing forth the new generation of Gen 9 consoles. However, plans for the next-gen are already in the works behind a veil; a newly leaked FTC document suggests that Microsoft will launch its next consoles in 2028. The rumor aligns perfectly with another court filing a few months ago, where the giant conglomerate expected the next-gen to commence in 2028.

In the meantime, Xbox Series consoles will receive brand new models next year. Even the designs of a disc-less Xbox Series X refresh have been leaked amidst the chaotic fiasco in the industry.

Latest News: Xbox Series X Refresh Details Surface Online, Courtesy Of FTC Files.

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Shameer Sarfaraz is a Senior News Writer on eXputer who loves to keep up with the gaming and entertainment industries devoutly. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and several years of experience reporting on games. Besides his passion for breaking news stories, Shahmeer loves spending his leisure time farming away in Stardew Valley. VGC, IGN, GameSpot, Game Rant, TheGamer, GamingBolt, The Verge, NME, Metro, Dot Esports, GameByte, Kotaku Australia, PC Gamer, and more have cited his articles.

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