The latest issue of Weekly Famitsu includes a brief interview with Xbox division head Phil Spencer about the upcoming launch of the Xbox Series X and S.
Spencer was asked whether the sudden decision to drop the price of the Xbox Series S in Japan from 32,980 yen (plus taxes) to 29,980 yen was affected by the PS5.
He explained that the price was changed to be reasonable according to the exchange rate also having listened to feedback from Japanese users. While the PS5 is Xbox’s rival, the price was changed due to Microsoft’s own circumstances.
The interviewer also asked asked about Spencer’s feeling about the confrontation against PS5 with the release coming close.
Spencer mentioned that he’s confident that the Xbox Series X and Series S are the most powerful and affordable next-generation consoles in the world respectively. On top of that, Xbox Game Pass is a big advantage.
He believes that the fact that the consoles can offer such a wide variety of games via subscription is a great differentiating factor. In addition to that, titles have been enhanced and cloud services have started. He concludes with “There’s an advantage in everything, isn’t there?”
In the west, the Xbox Series X is priced at $499, while the Series S’ price is $299. They will both release on November 10.