Anyone who's been following Ars Technica's regular looks at quarterly console sales numbers knows the PlayStation 4 has a significant lead as far as worldwide market share is concerned. You might think that this sales deficit has caused some consternation at Microsoft, but Xbox's division chief, Phil Spencer, said he's not that concerned with relative comparisons.
In an on-stage interview at the GeekWire conference earlier this week, Spencer said he was initially very motivated by the thought of beating Sony right after he took the Xbox chief position last March. "I started off making statements like 'We want to win," making it a competitive thing, he said.
Since then, though, Spencer said he "quickly realized you can only control, as a leader, the things that you can control. Basing your success on an external view of your share of what Sony's doing—Sony's having incredible success with the PlayStation 4, and they've earned that. It was much more beneficial and I could have more impact focusing on the product that we had."