One of the “superpowers” of fanboys, regardless of whether they are, is their tirelessness. Flawless, they are always where we are waiting for them, to come spoil the discussions sing the praises of the subject of their loyalty and smash the sugar on the back of what they perceive to be both its “competition.” Rather than ignoring the PS5 fanboys who squat his mentions, the official Xbox Twitter account has decided to reach out to them directly.
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In a tweet posted last Friday, the official US Xbox Twitter account spoke directly to PS5 gamers. And more particularly to the fanboys who come systematically to criticize the Xbox consoles, its games and services in the responses to each of its tweets. True to its strategy of recent years, Phil Spencer’s firm has played the appeasement card:
To the people in our replies saying ‘PS5 is better’:
The best console is the one you enjoy playing. Have fun!
– Xbox (@Xbox) July 16, 2021
To the people in our mentions who say “the PS5 is better”:
The best console is the one you enjoy playing. Have fun !
Unsurprisingly, this tweet has changed absolutely nothing. Indeed, many of the responses he received were on par with those he was referring to.
Industry does not care
That said, this post also prompted a reaction from Cory Barlog, Creative Director of Sony Santa Monica. In his response, God of War director Ragnark praised the message sent by Xbox:
– cory balrog 🖖 (@corybarlog) July 16, 2021
And Cory Barlog isn’t the only figure in the industry to have reacted to this Xbox tweet. Kenji Anabuki, director of Scarlet Nexus also reacted and agreed with the message sent by Microsoft:
You’ll have a great experience on either console.
And development was a lot of fun. pic.twitter.com/7RNxOk2HIy
– 穴 吹 健 児 / Kenji Anabuki @ Scarlet Nexus 6 / 24-25 発 売 🐕 (@shibainu_kenji) July 17, 2021
That is true.
You will have a great experience on every console.
And the development (of Scarlet Nexus) was a lot of fun. David Candland, UX design director at Monolith Productions (Middle Earth: Shadow of War) and former Bungie (where he worked on licenses like Halo and Destiny), also replied to this tweet, but with a different message:
For me, the best console is the one all my friends are on.
– David Candland (@drcandland) July 16, 2021
For me, the best console is the one that all my friends are on.
And if some people find this post from Microsoft lacking in coherence, Xbox has posted another tweet in which he explains that “the positivity will continue until the conversation improves. “Obviously, Xbox seeks here to fight against the ambient toxicity in the players speaking on the social networks. It is however not certain that it works.
What do you think of tweets like this? Do they serve anything? Or are they just galvanizing the fanboys? Give us your opinion in the comments below.