The man in charge of Xbox really wants to play God Of War Ragnarök, even though it’s not available on any format other than PlayStation.
You don’t necessarily have to be a keen gamer to be in charge of a major games company. It’s hard to imagine the heads of Activision or EA sitting down for a quick game of Fortnite, or for that matter PlayStation boss Jim Ryan or Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa. But Xbox’s Phil Spencer is different.
Actually, we don’t know his opinion on Fortnite (and if he didn’t like it, it wouldn’t be diplomatic for him to admit it) but we know that his favourite game of all time is Robotron: 2084, which also happens to be our favourite golden age coin-op.
The last game he played was indie title Road 96, which we’d say also shows a fair amount of good taste. His most anticipated title, though, is surprising: PlayStation exclusive God Of War Ragnarök.
Spencer has generally encouraged a much less combative relationship with rivals Sony and Nintendo, and has often spoken of his love for gaming in general and a desire to end ‘battles between platforms’.
Although it’s a good PR gambit (and in an ideal world he’d like Xbox Game Pass on both formats) there’s no pretending he’s not an enthusiastic gamer. So much so that he was happy to take part in an Xbox Twitter pop quiz about your gaming history.
According to Spencer, the first game he ever played was Pong, which suggests an early start as he was born in 1968 and Pong only released in arcades in 1972, and as a home version in 1975. But it’s totally feasible he could’ve been playing it at age six or seven.
The game he’s playing at the moment is the Hot Wheels expansion for Forza Horizon 5, so no hints there about advance access to games that aren’t out yet (in 2020 he talked about playing Elden Ring before anyone else).
Instead, the most surprising revelation is that the game he most wants to play next is God Of War Ragnarök, which is only available this year on PlayStation 4 and 5. Although it will probably come to PC within a year or two.
The final question is what would be the first game you’d show a caveman, with Spencer picking puzzle game Lumines. We would’ve plumped for Primal Rage.
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