Phil Spencer, the boss of Microsoft's Xbox division, recently revealed that one of his most anticipated games of 2016 is a PlayStation 4 exclusive, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.
Of course, Spencer isn't alone in his anticipation: many gamers have waited patiently for the game to finally arrive since Naughty Dog first announced it way back in 2013. But Spencer's comment about looking forward to playing the game could signal that the console wars that players often imagine - Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4 - no longer really exist, at least as far as the consoles themselves go.
The conversation came up when a gamer sent a tweet to Spencer asking him what game he was most excited to play this year. Spencer mentioned Gears of War and The Division, both available on the Xbox One, but then threw in the surprise Uncharted 4 pick.
@IRISHGAMER1461 Gears. I thought Division beta was very good. People will block me but UC4 will be a great game I'm sure. Love the QB Story.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) March 1, 2016
However, Spencer took the Twitter conversation further when a gamer tweeted that his previous reply about Uncharted 4 meant that he conceded that Sony's PlayStation 4 had won the console war. Spencer pointed out that, from his point of view, there was no war, and that if someone makes a good game, regardless of what platform that game is for, it should get recognition.
@wrath93 We should all applaud when a team does something special. Those who hope for team to fail due to platform aren't real gamers. — Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) March 1, 2016
It's no secret that Sony's console continues to outsell Microsoft's on a regular basis. However, it seems that Microsoft doesn't care as much now and plans on reaching a hand across the aisle and saying "good game." The truth is that most hardcore gamers will likely own both consoles at some point anyway. Then the only thing that matters are the games.
Uncharted 4 brings gamers back to the world of intrepid explorer Nathan Drake, who has since hung up his adventurer hat and settled down with his wife. However, when his brother turns up, everything changes, mostly because Nathan thought his sibling was dead. Together, they go on one last journey to uncover a conspiracy behind a long-lost pirate colony.
"It's his greatest adventure yet and will test his physical limits, his resolve, and ultimately what he's willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves," Naughty Dog writes on its website.
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End arrives on the PlayStation 4 on April 26.