Microsoft uses Facebook and Twitter to congratulate Sony on PS4 launch


Sony launched its PlayStation 4 console today, to which competitor Microsoft has responded by posting a congratulatory image to the official Xbox page on Facebook for the event.

The company's executives have also been congratulating their Sony counterparts over Twitter in a show of the two sides' friendly competitive spirit on the eve of an impending next-generation console war. Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb, Xbox Live' director of programming, tweeted the following message to Sony's Shuhei Yoshida and Adam Boyes:

Yoshida then responded to the message with a similar message:

Other notable Microsoft execs who have used Twitter to congratulate Sony are Microsoft Studios Corporate Vice President Phil Spencer and Xbox Director of Product Planning Albert Penello.

Sony will have the chance to return the favor next week when Microsoft's Xbox One launches in the U.S. on Nov. 22.

Source: Xbox on Facebook via Gamespot | Image via Microsoft

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I highly doubt Larry Hryb and Shuhei Yoshida wrote those messages. Definitely PR stunts and more than likely written by their PR/Comms Teams.

Classy. I was fortunate to lineup and grab a PS4 this morning and am excited for what the next gen brings us. Well, maybe not the lining up part. I'm not planning on grabbing an Xbox One, but who knows what the future might bring. If only people could stop arguing about something so trivial as which console is better. They're both great!

Edited by ambiance, Nov 15 2013, 10:33pm :

This is what I am talking about, they should also release skype app and other apps such as Skydrive etc for sony app store, and that would be the Microsoft everyone loves. Not like bunch of .... at google.

They might do that, it's in MS' interest. But I'll believe this Trojan Horse love when Gears of War shows up on PS4 and God of War shows up on XBox One.

It's NOT going to happen.

Not true. Competition drives innovation and lowers prices. That's when the customer wins. However competition does NOT mean you have to be mean and nasty to your competition. There is a such thing as friendly competition and it can be a great thing.

mnl1121 said,
Not true. Competition drives innovation and lowers prices. That's when the customer wins. However competition does NOT mean you have to be mean and nasty to your competition. There is a such thing as friendly competition and it can be a great thing.

Sony is not like samsung.. they are friendly and MS as well... samsung in the other side is not friendly at all.

Even if it is at least it's classy. Thankfully MS has more brains than most of their Xbox customers. Otherweise it would have been something along the lines
"FU we gotz cloud, u sux"

This isn't really viral marketing per se. Some Microsoft divisions have always congratulated competitors on new releases, especially the IE team towards Mozilla

On top of all the other attacks, Sony attacks Microsoft because it uses Kinect to augment the standard controller, all while Sony sells their own, inferior camera with limited voice control.

Microsoft sends along congratulations. I doubt Sony will do the same next week.

What, telling the truth? Did Sony attack Microsoft because the X1 has Kinect? Yes. Does Sony have their own camera with voice recognition? Yes. Was Microsoft being gracious and sending a note of congratulations? Yes. Will Sony do the same next week? That is to be seen.

So I am not condemning the truth. I listed out the interactions between these two companies during the past week. Which one seems like the better company?

I know, I listed facts using Sony and Microsoft's own actions that did not make Sony look like the best. That upsets you. I get it.

WhatTheSchmidt said,
What, telling the truth? Did Sony attack Microsoft because the X1 has Kinect? Yes. Does Sony have their own camera with voice recognition? Yes. Was Microsoft being gracious and sending a note of congratulations? Yes. Will Sony do the same next week? That is to be seen.

So I am not condemning the truth. I listed out the interactions between these two companies during the past week. Which one seems like the better company?

I know, I listed facts using Sony and Microsoft's own actions that did not make Sony look like the best. That upsets you. I get it.

newsflash - no-one other than you and a few xbox fanboys cares about voice control, in fact many don't want it for possible nsa spying reasons.

torrentthief said,

newsflash - no-one other than you and a few xbox fanboys cares about voice control, in fact many don't want it for possible nsa spying reasons.

No one cares about it enough that Sony is copying Microsoft and adding the same thing? Typical Microsoft hater thinking - if you don't like what Microsoft does, then nobody likes what Microsoft does until Microsoft competition does it. For example, Microsoft had voice communication with Kinect in late 2010. Late October 2011 Apple introduces Siri (no, I am not claiming Apple stole the idea for Siri). Google has their own voice control system for Android. But no, nobody except Microsoft fanboys want voice control.

As for spying, Microsoft tells us they are not collecting your data. Sony tells us they will collect your data and use it in any way they want:

http://www.joystiq.com/2013/11...-voice-and-text-monitoring/

WhatTheSchmidt said,
No one cares about it enough that Sony is copying Microsoft and adding the same thing?

Sony's camera wasn't "added" seeing as it's sold separately. Their console is also not centered around its use.

torrentthief said,

possible nsa spying reasons.

Well, your forum name says it all
Got an address so that I can send you a tinfoil hat?

I think you'll probably find that the squabbling only involves a small number of people on both sides. The majority aren't really interested or involved in the fighting.

jakem1 said,
I think you'll probably find that the squabbling only involves a small number of people on both sides. The majority aren't really interested or involved in the fighting.

Yup. Unfortunately empty vessels make the most noise.

Lord Method Man said,
Sad to see grown adults fighting with eachother over something so stupid.

Agreed, but your comment above about having class proves you are part of the problem..

jerzdawg said,

Agreed, but your comment above about having class proves you are part of the problem..

Mentioning the utterly deplorable behavior console fans have dished out to eachother is a problem?

Lord Method Man said,

Mentioning the utterly deplorable behavior console fans have dished out to eachother is a problem?


You mention ms customers only.. Your comment added nothing of substance

^This, especially if you've followed the NeoGAF and N4G Sony fanboy hate parade on MS, you're commment is pure hypocrisy Method Man.

Thief000 said,
^This, especially if you've followed the NeoGAF and N4G hate parade on MS, you're commment is pure hypocrisy Method Man.

You're assuming I meant only MS, which is false. You seem to take offense to the statement and I've read more than my fair share of immature "console war" comments posted by yourself so its no mystery why. You're only proving my original statement to be accurate.

Thief000 said,
...and SONY. YOU MISSED THAT PART.

Microsoft congratulated Sony. I expressed support of the gesture. Your little fit throwing only validates the comments by myself and others about console fanboys. Thank you for proving me correct.

I'm not throwing a fit, but it looks like you are by throwing a direct snag at MS supporting consumers and you know I'm right, otherwise you'd have stopped your nonsense by now and in fact you're proving ME correct despite your desperation in trying to prove that worthless comment of yours to be so.

This thread does nothing but demonstrate how true Lingwo's statement is...

"I wish this generation of gamers were as gracious as this."

Now this is what it should be like, between companies and also consumers! Nice move Microsoft Even if it's for their own advertisement.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
I do hope Sony does something similar for Xbox launch

But- but- it's a WAR people! :-p

FMH said,

But- but- it's a WAR people! :-p

Oh crap.. I should go in my underground bunker and keep myself from hitting by the flying consoles... until the war is over..

R U Serious? Of course it's a war, with very high stakes for both parties. MS is simply trying a different tactic. Let's not be foolish here.

MorganX said,
R U Serious? Of course it's a war, with very high stakes for both parties. MS is simply trying a different tactic. Let's not be foolish here.

Yup, and probably the best tactic they ever used.