PS5 is Mike Ybarra’s Choice Over Xbox Series X Only Months After Leaving Microsoft


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 – or course, we already know his answer! Ybarra was a part of Team Xbox for 20 years before leaving last October! He’s definitely buying an Xbox Series X, right? Uh, well, about that…

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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 and yet he’s cool not having one? I mean, I’m sure he could get a free one if he wanted…although maybe not now.

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, it seems Ybarra’s enjoying his new relative freedom.

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