Phil Spencer’s Promotion to Xbox Chief Causes Enthusiastic Reactions Between Developers of All Camps

Now that Microsoft has turned a new page for the Xbox Division, putting former Microsoft Game Studios head honcho Phil Spencer at the helm of the whole thing, it’s hard not to be excited about the future, but fans and media aren’t the only ones expecting great things from Spencer.

Developers and industry veterans are reacting as well over their social media accounts, and it’s really hard to find any that commented less than enthusiastically (as a matter of fact, the writer was able to find only one). This is definitely a testament to Spencer’s hands-on approach with games and with the people working on them.

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Bigpappy1544d ago (Edited 1544d ago )

I am always encouraged When developers are happy. On a side note, I would like to add a plug for Dual Shocker.
I know they started mostly as a Playstation focused site I also know they have a member who has a strong presence here on N4g. But these guys are getting relevant news for all gamers.

Good job Abriael and crew!

nukeitall1544d ago (Edited 1544d ago )

Go Phil Spencer, but please don't forget the entertainment aspect either!

edit: I think it would be apt to post this here:

Kingthrash3601544d ago

yeah, just make sure the gaming aspect is top priority. entertainment being secondary.
i'm happy for him and seems like the best choice for the job..i see x1 in a better light. i just hope they didn't do this to only have him as the face of xbox. i mean let him run things the way he sees fit and not be told what to do. companies do that and i hope they don't do it to him. he seems more of a gamer than a greedy money over gamer exec. time will tell, but this is great news.

georgeenoob1544d ago (Edited 1544d ago )

@ Kingthrash

Did you really just ask that question? With Phil Spencer now the head of all Xbox, gaming is more a priority than it has ever been.

JoGam1544d ago

I just like laughing at those faces he makes.

raWfodog1544d ago (Edited 1544d ago )

This is good news for the XB1. Put a gamer at the head of your game consoles and watch out! Good things can happen. Give me some RPGs and some Action Adventure games and I'm onboard.

Kingthrash3601544d ago (Edited 1544d ago )

@ gorge..
1. what question? said: "With Phil Spencer now the head of all Xbox, gaming is more a priority than it has ever been."
time will tell bro. he even admits they purposely beat around the drm bush. if the people who pay him tell him to say "x1 is the most powerful machine available" and "you can't see a difference between 720p and 1080p" he will do it. why? because they sign his check.
i'm not saying it will happen, but it HAS happened with the x1. i'm just hopeing they dont do it with him as the lead, just because gamers see him more as a gamer than just some exec. the next 2 E3's are critical and i hope to see more about games than fantasy football.

darthv721544d ago

He will do a good job for the company as well as work hard to mend the bridges with the gamers that felt broken.

UltimateMaster1544d ago

I think he deserve it. I could be wrong, but he looks like the best guy for the job.

GameNameFame1544d ago

George is that why MS's studio list got so much weaker?

X360 had so much more studios pumping out exclusive than now.

X1 has far less. Especially with Bungie and Epic gone.

OpieWinston1544d ago

Exactly....But he said he'll have entertainment as the secondary. Anyways they've got their own lead working on the entertainment at SOHO. So we'll be seeing the Halo and Quantum break series soon. (Hopefully)

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MasterCornholio1544d ago

As they should be.

No one likes a grumpy developer (looks at Itaki)

Anon19741544d ago

It should bring out positive reaction. Spencer is a great pick to head up Xbox.

christocolus1544d ago


This is truly great news. Phil now has the power to do and undo. I bet another $1bn will be invested into games soon enough.

colonel1791544d ago (Edited 1544d ago )

I lost every interest I had in the Xbox with the Xbox 360, but this guy has the potential to change around the Xbox brand to what it was with the original. As long as he quits doing unfair business tactics (that MS used to do last gen) and focus on more support from first and third party, the Xbox is in great hands.

He can make the Xbox One what Sony did with the PS3. Turn it around to make it an excellent console. Let's hope for the better.

asmith23061544d ago

Spencer is a good pick but I am not sure how much influence he can have. He is still going to take orders from above. The business tactics still belong to the upper echelons.

otherZinc1543d ago (Edited 1543d ago )

@Phil Spencer,


Brute Force 2
Perfect Dark 2
Kinectimals 3
Kameo 2
Banjo Kazooie-Next

To the XBOX ONE,

FernGully1543d ago

LOL! Brute Force 2? Phil Spensor likes Little Big Planet! He feels the Industry needs more of that type of game. This guy will be good for XBOX! Little Big Planet's Co-op was better than the failed, so-called, 3rd person Halo! Get ready to expand your palette mate!

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AngelicIceDiamond1544d ago

Glad to see other devs approving of his position. It must be a bigger deal then we thought.

MorePowerOfGreen1544d ago (Edited 1544d ago )

No kidding. A Exec that loves to get his hands dirty in games, making game deals and turning around a cash cow console brand will make most devs happy.

Already sounds like he had a lot of say in the structuring of this year's E3 before he got this job. I can only imagine how he will maximize XB1 event coverage now that he has the say as the big man. Are they going to stick with the presser content that didn't fit in 90 minutes for the following days or have more than one presser now?

GarrusVakarian1536d ago (Edited 1536d ago )

You slipped up! Revealing your PSN ID.

Lmao, the number one biggest Xbox troll, not just on this site, but most likely the entire internet. You accuse people of being trolls and owners of multiple accounts, when you are the biggest offender of both of those things.

Thanks for the slip up, it was noticed by another long term member here named'DOESUS', i'll be sure to bring it up whenever i get the chance, remind people who you really are.

GarrusVakarian1536d ago (Edited 1536d ago )

Found some other alt-accounts of yours, one of them is even called 'PS3SLIM' where you pretend to be a PS3 fan while trolling PS3 and Sony......LMAO! Oh man , irony overload. Whatever minuscule scrap of credibility you had is now GONE.

Wow, even all of those years ago you got called out for trolling and multiple accounts, and here you are still doing it, and calling others out because you think they are doing the same! Unbelievable.

Man, i can't wait to call you on whenever i get the opportunity.

AngelicIceDiamond1544d ago

No Rare comments? I would think those guys would be the most enthusiastic.

hello121544d ago

Spencer said the biggest request he hears from Xbox owners is that gamers want Microsoft to bring back Shenmue, Sega and Yu Suzuki's unfinished action adventure epic. "The big Shenmue contingency," he said with a laugh, has definitely managed to garner his attention.

He did the same thing with Gears dropping hints here and there what he like to see done with the next gears. It was owned by Epic then. Bang a few months later, he then went out and bought the whole franchise from Epic.

It would not surprise if he has contacted Sega and is looking to bring it to xb1

Dark111544d ago

You make a good point.

hello121544d ago (Edited 1544d ago )

Knowing Phil i think he certainly has contacted them. Sega asking price might be too much? Or they said NO.

If they said Yes no way he would not do it, especially when the biggest request is that game.

Rumor has it a secretive Japanese game is coming to xb1. I wonder could this be it?

Why o why1544d ago (Edited 1544d ago )

That would be a big snag if he pulled it off. Lets see if he's given the backing by the decision makers.

Ms will have to fight with exclusives more than they did last gen as they relied on advantages that are absent this gen. In theory, this is better for gamers. No resting on laurels. Time will tell ultimately but if you remember the speak earlier last gen, it was full of chest thumping about exclusives....didn't quite pan out the way they were making it sound. Phil may be link or difference between rhetoric and reality

AngelicIceDiamond1544d ago

@KNWS Right but when you think of Gears you think of Xbox.

According to blogs I read and some rumors Epic didn't want to make another Gears initially but if they did it would be on PS4.

Hence the rumblings of a PS4 Gears Of War coming to PS4 was pending or a possibility. So Phil went ahead and bought the series to keep it from ultimately happening, if it ever was.

As far as Shenmue goes, who know Sony's said to be talking to them MS is aware of Shenmue request's on its platform.

I Think its Sega's best interest's to make it multiplat so all of us can be happy imo.

It would be a long time coming.

Kingthrash3601544d ago

shenmu been a long time coming, a long time ago lol.
but i agree. if sega makes the game i'm sure it would be multiplat.
there is a chance of exclusive a deal though but multi is far more likely...imo

HugoDrax1544d ago

Still you're not looking at past history of the Shenmue franchise.

1: Shenmue was available on Dreamcast, whose operating system was a form of Microsoft Windows 2000.
2: Shenmue 2 was released for the Original Microsoft Xbox back in 2002.

I agree it would be in every gamers best interest that Shenmue be multiplatform, but Sony's Playstation is also a part of the reason Sega Dreamcast failed. Not including that the first two titles are over a decade old, and many gamers have never played either. I think an HD Remake would be needed to make the best impact on the market. I sure as hell would probably play both games over again. At least now it wouldn't be at the expense of swapping out 5 disc hahaha.

maniacmayhem1544d ago

Really..Shenmu?? I'm sorry but I would hope that Xbox Fans would want Perfect Dark brought back. That game was fantastic.

Shenmu was great..for its time but I feel now it would be an average sand box game at best.

n4rc1544d ago

I know I'll get flack for this..

But what the hell is a shenmue? Lol.. Been gaming for over 25 years on every platform yet have never heard of this in my life..

vikingland11544d ago (Edited 1544d ago )

Shenmue was a great game ahead of it's time. It was released on the Sega Dreamcast originally. It's kind of hard to explain, but I would say it was an open world game with a great story. It was about a guy who's father was killed and Ryu his son tries to find the killer and bring him to justice.

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lets_go_gunners1544d ago

Sony Santa Monica? Wow I guess this was literally the best thing Ms could've done? All the best at E3.

Abriael1544d ago

It kind of was. Spencer is really one of the best they have.

TRD4L1fe1544d ago

This is looking to be the best decision that MS has made in a long time