Microsoft Games Studios boss Phil Spencer has challenged Sony to a fight over whose first-party software is harder.
Speaking to the fact-munching news-spewers over at GamesIndustry.biz Spencer said, "Let's start from the beginning of both consoles - PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 - which first party has had more success on their own platform? We have Gears, Halo, Forza, we're continuing to push existing IP while bringing new IP to market.
"I'll line up against Sony's first-party any day," he added.
And what's more, Spencer said, anyone who says Microsoft's got bugger all to offer after Christmas can do one. "We're going to stand up at the next E3, or at the right time, and we'll show a line-up that will continue to win. We talk about our games when we understand what they are. I'm not going to put a billboard up on stage and say, 'Boy, I hope you buy this game when it comes out and when I know what it is...'
"We talk about games when we know what they are, when we can guarantee the quality to the customers, and we'll say when they're going to come out - I think the customers want that."
Concluding his comments, Spencer invited Sony to come and have a go if they think they're hard enough, stating, "Lining us up against Sony first-party - I love that comparison. Review score average, exclusive hits to-date, you pick the metric and we can talk about it." Outside. No blades.
To read the full interview, visit GamesIndustry.biz.