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Deconstructing the Revelation: Phil Spencer, the Xbox Team Leader, Acquires a PS5, Succumbing to the Domination of the Horizon Gaming Experience.

Additional information from the FTC vs Microsoft document suggests that apart from the anticipated release of The Elder Scrolls 6, there is some exciting news involving Phil Spencer, the head of the Xbox team. He went on to purchase a PlayStation 5 console for personal use and discovered that he was forced to buy the bundle package of the PS5, which included the game Horizon Forbidden West, as there were no standalone consoles available for sale at that time.

This information was obtained from an email sent by Spencer to the Xbox management team in August 2025, addressing the issue of the increased price of the PS5 during that period. The Microsoft team had anticipated this price hike and their strategy at the time was to refrain from raising the price of the Xbox consoles (prior to the price increase of the Series X in June 2023) in order to capitalize on the opportunity to attract new gamers.

Spencer responded to this email, explaining that Sony faced stock shortages, forcing them to sell only bundled packages at a higher price of $50. He himself had recently purchased a PS5 just two weeks prior, and his only option was to buy the bundled package which included the Horizon game, costing him $549.

Source – The Verge

TLDR: Smithson Phil, head of Xbox, purchases a PS5, only to find that he is forced to buy a more expensive bundled package due to stock shortages. The price increase of the PS5 was expected by Microsoft, who strategically refrained from raising the price of their Xbox consoles at the time to cater to new gamers.

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