To condense further
XBOX - crucial
I am with Jumpinbeans, sure Phil is not saying Xbox as a console is unimportant, but you can see the platform MS cares about is shifting to Live/Gamepass. Gamepass is the play to create a Netflix of gaming, and if successful, the exclusives will shift from hardware to online services. You will need the Apple service, the MS service, the EA service, the Sony service, etc to get at each company’s exclusive content.
Phil has repeatedly said streaming will always be inferior to local hardware and that it will always be a convenience option, not the main focus of their platform.
They want people playing Xbox, they don’t care whether it is Xbox hardware, PC, Switch, or mobile. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t care or emphasize hardware. They are about to release the most powerful console ever.
That fear mongering about services has been around for this entire gen. It was already supposed to have happened. Thanks to EA Access, we are already supposed to be paying for Activision Premium, Ubisoft Plus, 2k Games Platinum, Sony+, Xbox GamePass, etc etc just time have access to exclusive games. Yet literally none of it happened.