Microsoft: Xbox One and PS4 console war is a marathon, not a sprint

Microsoft: Xbox One and PS4 console war is a marathon, not a sprint

Microsoft's game executive Phil Harrison recently revealed in an interview that the console war between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (PS4) should be considered a marathon and not a sprint. Harrison defended the Xbox One amidst reports that Sony's PS4 has a slight edge in terms of sales.

According to the latest figures, Sony's PS4 sales crossed the 6 million milestone earlier this month, while Microsoft hasn't yet offered an updated tally from the 3.9 million mark it revealed in January.

"We’re 120 days into our platform lifecycle. You know better than anyone that this is a marathon, not a sprint. We’re happy with our plan. We’re happy with the performances of our key franchises and key partnerships, most notably Titanfall in the last couple of weeks. You can see independent surveys and studies showing our sell-through doubling in the U.K. as far as hardware," he stated.

Harrison explained that we are just 120 days into the console cycle. Microsoft and the Xbox One product has had a huge boost in momentum with the launch of Titanfall, a sci-fi shooter game. But that's not all. The company now has the ID@Xbox program, which allows indie developers to publish their games to the Xbox Store. Microsoft also has big plans up its sleeve as the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is set to take place this June, while Gamescom is set to take place in August. "We have a fantastic lineup we’ll reveal more of at E3 and beyond. We have a lot of great surprises to come," he adds.

Marc Whitten, the Chief product executive for the Xbox One, abruptly left the devices and services giant last week, shocking everyone. However, its still business as usual at Microsoft. "We’re very sad to see Marc go. I’ve enjoyed working with him over the last couple of years. He’s been a great part of the Xbox success story over the last 14 years... one of his legacies is he created a fantastic leadership team. The team that was in place yesterday will continue to be in place building our experiences tomorrow. It’s business as usual," Harrison stated.