Xbox Deletes Tweet Dunking On PS5 For Having A Removable Stand

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Xbox Deletes Tweet Dunking On PS5 For Having A Removable Stand
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The UK Twitter account for Xbox fired some shots at PS5 yesterday in one of the silliest ways possible because it’s 2020 and these are the console wars we deserve.

It all began after Sony released a tear-down video of the PS5 highlighting all of the next-gen console’s internal components. The first step in that process involved removing the plastic stand bolted onto the bottom of the PS5 that allows it to stand vertically. In other words to stand the PS5 on its side like you could with all of its predecessors, you need to spend a few seconds fiddling with a fastener.

That’s when whoever was running the Xbox UK Twitter account apparently saw their opening. “How to switch the Xbox Series X from vertical to horizontal,” the account wrote an hour after the PS5 video was posted. The tweet showed two photos of an Xbox Series X, one of it standing upright and one of it laid on its side, no stand in sight. Checkmate. The tweet has since been deleted, though the Xbox UK account hasn’t said why.

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It was cringe-y, not because anyone should care about giant corporate brands taking swipes at one another on social media, but because of how much it reeked of desperation to manufacture something like the infamous “How to share games on PS4" moment from 2013 when the last set of consoles was about to launch.

At the time, Microsoft was announcing restrictions on how Xbox One owners would be able to share physical games with friends and family. In response, then head of Sony worldwide studios, Shuhei Yoshida, and then VP of developer relations, Adam Boyes, cut an incredibly brief how-to video for sharing games on PS4 where Yoshida simply handed one to Boyes. The apparently spontaneous gag was a big hit, garnering millions of views on YouTube in just a few days. A few days later, Microsoft reversed the Xbox One’s DRM policies.

Part of why that moment blew up was because console launches have a way of bringing out the aggressive and sometimes toxic zealotry within hardware fandoms. But part of it was because people actually care about sharing games with friends. Console stands ain’t that. Yes, it’s cool that you can remove the PS5's stand if you want. No, the Xbox Series X’s much smaller stand can’t be removed, even though you don’t need to in order to put it on its side. At the end of the day both of these consoles are huge and going to look like Eye of Sauron eye-sores in my living room. Then a few seconds later I remember one of the myriad crises currently facing humanity and forget all about it.

Comments

  • The preorder swipe was slightly clever but this one just comes off as desperate and feels like the rotten cherry that tops off MS’s aggressive strategy of constantly highlighting, exaggerating and flat out fabricating issues over the past few years.
    Despite varying success it’s become increasingly lame and petty, especially since Sony hasn’t been taking the bait and MS keeps shooting itself in the foot more and more.

  • Microsoft just reminds me of the uncool kid who tried to pick their own nickname and got a shit one instead, who doesn’t get why their mimicry of the cool kid’s joke didn’t go down as well.

    Play to your strengths, MS. Game pass is amazeballs and the hardware isn’t shit this time around forcing two additional do-overs, the third of which almost no-one bought because they’d already bought the previous two. You don’t need to try and manufacture sick burns when there isn’t a really good opening to exploit. It’s what the kids used to call ‘try-hard.’ Just do the things you do well, and people will appreciate that.

    I’d say try to shore up weaknesses, like the lack of good first party exclusives, but Microsoft’s response to that was to just buy existing franchises that everyone already liked, which is not even remotely close to what we wanted when we asked for ‘more good exclusives’.

    It reminds me of when I was at uni, living in a residential college. There was a really cool guy who had a VCR that he brought from home and left in the common rooms for anyone to use whenever they wanted. That very chill guy was really popular.

    A less popular (but richer) guy who wanted to be popular got the idea from this that he should buy his own VCR and let people use it.
    …But only if they asked him super super nicely first, invited him to watch with them, and were going to watch something he wanted to watch. And everyone had to leave his room when he got it out so they couldn’t see which of his many locked storage drawers he was keeping it in.

    After all that, he didn’t understand why he wasn’t still as popular as the chill guy. He actually complained about it, which made things worse, because it showed he was only doing it to try and be popular, as if popularity was something you could purchase and he wasn’t getting very good return on his investment.

  • I saw a video somewhere of someone showing how to add extra ssd storage to the PS5 and Series X. Extremely easy in the Xbox, painful and inconvenient in the PS5.
    If they’re trying to replicate the sharing games thing PS did, the tweet in this article was not the right one

  • I dislike the PS5 stand situation myself. At the same time the PS5 sitting horizontally would fit better in my entertainment unit, so it’s not like this was a total slam dunk by MS and the images just remind us that the Series X is also big and will carry compromises of its own in terms of where it can and can’t go in the home theatre setup.

    How the Series X sits when horizontal is definitely not the aspect of the system I’d be drawing attention to overly much.

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