Great news, Phil Spencer is now the head of Xbox

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Microsoft has announced that Phil Spencer is now the head of Xbox and I for one am very happy about this. To me Phil has always been the more gaming-oriented person in the company and the one thing the Xbox One needs desperately is a renewed focus on games.

Xbox E3 2013 Media Briefing

In the official announcement Phil Spencer reaches out straightaway to gamers and the community by stating:

“I am actively listening and I am motivated to do what’s right for fans who’ve invested their time, hearts and money in the products we build. You have been the most important part of the success Xbox has had to-date and you are a critical voice as we continue the journey.  Let’s keep the conversation going.”

He then continues to talk specifically about the games and how he see’s the Xbox strength

“The growth of the Xbox community, with over 80 million Xbox owners around the world, is built on the foundation of exclusive franchises, new and original IP and the world’s most popular cross-platform games. Games and gamers have always been at the core of Xbox and the core of my work—and gaming will be our core as we take Xbox forward. “

Granted Phil hasn’t always been on the gamers side by pushing the always online portion of the Xbox One but he has also shown humility by congratulating Sony on their success and appears to be very open to change and listening to the community.

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This is honestly the best news I’ve heard come out of Xbox since Don Mattrick left for Zynga last year –  and he still has more than enough time before E3 to ensure they have some incredible announcements to make.

It also shows that Microsoft is still invested in the gaming side of the Xbox division. Microsoft has had a seriously hard time over the last year. Is that about to start changing?

Last Updated: April 1, 2014

Gavin Mannion

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