Former Xbox Executive Picks PS5 and PC for Next-Gen

Jan 8, 2020
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This year will see the release of both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, so of course you know what that means – another new front in the endless Sony vs. Microsoft console war. Personally, I don’t really care what gaming box you buy, but some people are already pushing people to take sides. Case in point, a Twitter user recently asked former Xbox team member Mike Ybarra what next gen console he’ll be buying – of course, we already know his answer! Ybarra was a part of Team Xbox for 20 years before leaving last October, after all. He’s definitely buying an Xbox Series X, right? Apparently not. Ybarra is mainly a PC gamer and wishes everything would be on the platform, but given that Sony's exclusives don't make it on PC, he is buying a PlayStation 5.

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Well, I don’t necessarily disagree with his logic, and given Ybarra’s history it makes sense he’d be more loyal to Xbox Game Pass than Xbox hardware itself. Still, it’s a surprising statement to make. Given the timeline, Ybarra had to have some involvement in the creation of the Xbox Series X.

As mentioned, Ybarra left his position as vice president in charge of Xbox Live and Xbox Game Pass in October, releasing this brief statement

After 20 years at Microsoft, it’s time for my next adventure. It’s been a great ride at Xbox and the future is bright. Thanks to everyone at TeamXbox, I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished and I wish you the best. More soon on what’s next for me (super excited)!

Ybarra would later announce he’d joined Blizzard as their new executive vice president and general manager. Based on some of his recent tweets and statements, he’s clearly enjoying his new freedom.

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