Microsoft seems to suffer from foot-in-mouth syndrome a lot more than the other hardware companies lately, and this one is a doozy. When asked about the sales gap between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of marketing and strategy for Microsoft, seemed to suggest that the reason for the PS4 having better sales is because PlayStation 3 owners aren’t satisfied with the system. He didn’t come right out and say it, but heavily hinted at it in part of his answer in a Forbes interview.
When questioned about the sale gap and whether that was due to price, Mehdi said:
People have been more satisfied with the Xbox 360 than the PS3, so in that respect people have less of a need to upgrade in the short term due to regular updates for the Xbox 360.
If you’re still a little dizzy from that spinning, let’s assess what he actually believes here. Firstly, he is assuming that all Xbox 360 owners, have or will graduate to an Xbox One, when we know that a lot of the early PS4 adopters previously only had an Xbox 360. Secondly, as an Xbox 360 owner myself, I feel that Microsoft completely abandoned the console in the last few years. There’s not been a decent game on the system for years, and if anything, I’d argue that people are less satisfied with the Xbox 360 and have moved over to PS4.
Of course, Yusuf’s a PR guy, he has to make the company look good, but if they actually believe this stuff, they’re bordering on delusional right now. You can read the full exhaustive interview over at Forbes.