Microsoft Studios corporate vice-president Phil Spencer has praised Sony's handling of digitally distributed titles and promised that Microsoft will be continuing its focus on smaller titles well into the future.
Speaking in an interview with OXM, Spencer told the site, "I'm pretty proud of the work that we've done digitally over the last three to four years on Xbox 360." "Games like Castle Crashers, Limbo and Terraria right now - that game's pretty fun. I do think it's about quality in the end, managing our bandwidth and what we're going to work on."
He then surprised everyone by praising the opposition. "I think Sony's done a nice job of this," he said, "If you look over the last two years or so in that digital space. Journey was a fantastic game. I thought they did a really nice job and, you know, as a portfolio manager, it's my job of trying to figure out what you're going to focus on - is it really going to matter when it comes out?"
Spencer then went on to say that Microsoft's strategy on smaller titles will still be an area of focus on Xbox One. "It definitely won't be the case that everything's got to look like Halo," he told the site. "We'll have smaller titles.
"Having a box that is natively connected means that the digital distribution of content be even more prevalent, which I think is a good thing," Spencer added. "More service-based games on our system, like Happy Wars, is a good thing - and these services can grow over time.
"I think that's really core to how games get created today, and our platform is really going to be well positioned to support those kinds of games and services. We know that Xbox Live is a vibrant online ecosystem of people who want to pay, and pay to play, experiences like FIFA Ultimate Team. Experiences like that are just incredibly impactful."