Phil Spencer, the recently appointed head of the Xbox department at Microsoft, went all out in responding to questions from the fans about E3 and more.
Phil has been quite busy on twitter. He also mentioned that their new partners would be announced at E3. Man that $1Bn is working really hard, by hardcore it seems we will be seeing more games like halo5, gears, crackdown, QB, S0 and many more unannounced ips.. I'm looking forward to one in particular (an ip Phil teased about some months ago). Phil hinted it would be story driven similar to what you'd expect from games like uc&tlou, I hope its shown off at e3 along with some of these other ips i.e conker ,age of myhology, crimson skies,perfect dark, blinx, mech assault,phantum dust, kameo or banjoe
I hope they bring back some older IPs. Most of the newer MS stuff just doesn't interest me. Halo is fun, and while I didn't care for the Crackdown games, I know they can be really good if handled right for a sequel. I'd just love to see a new Conker, Perfect Dark (they screwed up the sequel), Mech Assault, or Banjo (that sequel wasn't exactly great either though). I just want something that will actually make me WANT to get an X1. In time, I'm sure we'll see some good stuff. Same goes for the PS4 which I'm waiting on...
It blows my mind that we haven't seen a new Conker on any Xbox system (Live and Reloaded doesn't count).
I'm sure you'll find something that interests you at e3.
Here's hoping for Shenmue exclusively on XB1. They definitely have the money to make it happen. 343i new IP in the works?
After what happened the first time, I doubt any exclusivity for that game George. Take no chances.
As much as many may like Conker, it is quite a niche game when you look at the sales.
Were there ever even rumors about a Xbox handheld or portable gaming device. Focused on games is where they should have been all along... I wonder sometimes, if Phil replaced Don say 3 years ago, how different XB1 might have been... I mean we'd probably be looking at PS4/XB1 selling neck and neck at about 7-8 million at this point.
@avengers After seeing MS E3 2013, did you still think that they were not focused on games? I think a lot of people confuse the reveal of the console with with it's e3 conference. The reveal was full of the tv stuff, their e3 conference had basically nothing but games.
I thought they had a focus on games at E3, but my point is that should have been there focus from the time they started designing the console, and that doesn't seem to be the case. Especially when you look at the fact Ryse, was originally planned for 360, DR3 was originally planned for 360, Forza 5 was originally planned for 360... They gimped the 360 for the last couple of years, cause it seems like they made the console as an all in one entertainment device, and then were like crap were gonna need some games, and then you look at the fact that a majority of there exclusives for this first year have been 3rd party exclusives(not saying it's a bad thing) instead of 1st part exclusive games. I think the heads of Xbox at that moment were not focused on what they should have been.
An Xbox portable device was rumored way back last gen. Rumored to be called the Xbox 180 I read about it in an EGM magazine. This was so long ago it was before the Wii was officially called the Wii and not Nintendo revolution or something like that.
@Chris Nice wellsaid. "Spencer has strict orders not to talk about any 343 industries IP before E3." I heard small rumblings they were possibly making another title. So much for a secret lol. Wow so Phil is taking COMPLETE control of the conference. This is day an night from Don Mattrick. Phil likes keeping fans posted, subtle teases and knows how to get gamers amped and takes feedback very well from press, fans and journalist and his statements are very informative. Like this: Speaking about Japanese games, Spencer also talked about Lost Odyssey, mentioning that “Rights on that one are a bit complicated,” but that he’d like to see it on Games on Demand. He weighs in on how easy, hard or probable something is. And not some PR loop. Unlike Don that actually avoids press interviews, doesn't liked to be questioned by press, fans, journalists cancelled press events last E3 (DRM backlash) loves investors and not the fans. E3, super stoked can't wait. E3 Team Xbox (just getting in the E3 spirits)
Im so glad Phil came in at the right time. Im sure the new ceo must be really happy with what Phil has done so far. Its a major change from Dons era. That guy was just too stiff and anti social. @the infected I couldnt agree more. This may be the best e3 ever.. sony and ms are going to be throwing some serious punches on the 10th of june and hopefully ill be there to witness all the blood and gore with my very own eye balls.. lol
Those are some very good point's on the lack of leadership from MS last year (Don canceling interviews after announcing DRM was the worse thing he could have possibly done) and have done very well to get Xbox back on course with the appointing of Phil, as he's doing a great job as we all can see. E3 can't get here soon enough... super excited.
I hope Phil Spencer holds true to his words because he's doing a great job at turning things back to the gamer first approach. Can't wait to E3 to see what both Sony and Microsoft show. This will definitely be the most exciting E3 ever.
here is hoping they find a talented studio to do a new crackdown but do it right, crackdown should be a IP like infamous for sony. E3 should be huge, i truly believe both sony and ms will try to ou do each other so expect the unexpected in a way
I'm hoping Sony understands they can't pull any punches.
Mkis007- All 3 (M/N/S) will be presenting it all at E3 to earn your dollars/yen/marks etc. It's a great time to be a gamer!
With big homie Phil, MS won't be no punk this gen, but Sony has some haymakers like Foreman...! MS needs to drop the Kinect SKU and then work from there before it expects to land any serious punches. I don't think they'll out-compete Sony in delivering content at any time soon, and price has MS on the defensive.
Why did so many people disagree on what you said?
Microsoft is going in for the kill this E3, Phil Spencer is doing an amazing job.
Dont you need to be leading in sales to go in for the kill? Last i checked Xbox One is getting outsold almost 2 to 1.
Xbox One - 4.1 million console sold in only 13 countries PS4 - 7 million consoles sold in around 40 countries
@KillerByte23 Yeah, please enlighten us on how those other countries will help the Xbone match the PS4's number. To those still clinging to to this stupid 13 vs 40 or 72 or whatever, those 13 markets are the biggest for MS during the 360 era thus why even Japan is not included. For those still thinking the other countries will somehow help the Xbone, just remember that the 360 outsold the PS3 almost 2:1 in NA which is in the region of 30+ mil console and is about neck and neck in UK - EU biggest market. And yet the PS3 is ahead by 2-3 mil by now despite released 12-18 months later. It means, the NA market is what has kept the 360 afloat, not all those other countries! I don't think those countries will suddenly embrace the Xbone overnight, in the millions nonetheless, when the PS4 is readily available at a lower price. Just shut it if you're thinking of counter arguing me using features the Xbone has to offer as it's not gonna mean shit because just like the 360, everything is behind a paywall and most of the service is not available elsewhere! people pay whatever amount of XBL Gold in their country just for the sake of online play which is ridiculous considering the service they get is puny compared to those available in the big markets. My point is, just don't rely too much on the 12 vs 40 countries argument now as you guys are gonna look silly when your argument is gonna be proven as poo later this year.
@badz149 Just link back to the trusted source! http://www.vgchartz.com/ana... go look at 360's Rest of World and Japan numbers; not even 10 million.
@Badz Additional markets for Xbox: 40? Additional markets for PS4: 1? It doesn't take a genius to understand how this will improve Microsofts numbers. By how much exactly is up for debate, but writing it off as completely inconsequential is ignorant. Judging by your colorful language and harsh tone, MS global launch seems to evoke a strong emotional response from you. It's really not a big deal. Playstation will probably still hold top spot, so no need to freak out.
Urgh...why do people think this E3 focus on games is BECAUSE of Phil Spencer, he only got promoted to the head a few months back. The E3 plans have been going for a while now, he would of had little impact on this E3. As I've said it's Microsofts in general push to try and lure us back, nothing more and they got Phil because they thought he would LOOK better promoting this new focus then another suit like Don Mattrick. So I really don't understand comments going "Wow, Phil is doing a fantastic job". Yeah theres going to be games, fantastic but deep down you must realise it's because they have a secret agenda to it, if they were first in sales we most likely wouldn't be getting all this and this heavy "for the gamers" PR talk....which by the way Phil will do A LOT of during E3. Phil is really just a puppet for the up guys in the main Microsoft division. They make the big decisions and he is the one who fronts it. Once MS get on track with sales maybe then we'll see what Microsoft are really like and if they've actually changed.
Do you have a list of responses thrown into notepad that you copy and paste? Do you really think MS has a master plan to lure people in and then....what? What is this horrible thing MS will do? Their master plan is to lure us in only to lose us again? You make no sense.
"So I really don't understand comments going "Wow, Phil is doing a fantastic job"." And yet we get a parade and a party from you whenever a Shu article appears. No comments about PR talk from Foxtrot, nope, Shu is a down to earth guy, can be trusted and Sony is for gamers. But yet Phil is a puppet and MS is waiting to steal your first born. It's getting really tired Foxtrot, this whole site is getting really tired of your cynical comments towards MS as you desperately try to kill or downplay any excitement fans and fanboys have of the Xbox IN A XBOX ARTICLE. Why would this E3 be focused on games? Hmmmm, I don't know Fox, maybe because MS's last E3 was focused on games and Phil wasn't the head then was he? Helps to actually think about things before putting it down on the net.
@Foxtrot Dude, dont you ever get tired? You talk like a mad priest or something. Why you are on X1 articles repeating the same BS over and over is beyond me. We like Phil Spencer. As gamers and X1owners, we are excited about the future. You cant bring us down. Stop being so negative. I got nothing against you, personally, dont get me wrong. But its the same thing on every Phil/X1 related article. If you dont own a X1 and has no plans on getting one, why bother?
Just hope he is not overhyping it like last year.
Last year they had a great showing. They showed a lot of games. Sony stole the Show with the prize bomb, and that was all.
Last year he teased that the Xbox 360 will get E3 love with 'huge' Microsoft announcement. It was World of Tanks It was the only 360 announcement at the show. If you are going to hype something make sure it is something worth hyping about.
maybe you feel like that because sony actually showed games at their reveal event than showed more at e3 stage. While all MS did was talk about TV shows on xbox one reveal sony ps4 reveal event: deep down new FF news promised drive club infamous 2nd son destiny yeh so it wasn't just the price, it was also clearing a straight forward message to gamers, while MS made statements only to back out than make new one only to back away again to make some more 7 million sold is clear enough as to who the gamers are trusting compared to 5 million shipped and 3.9 million sold
Great show? the only thing great about it was (and is) Titanfall. I Saw all of it live and was really disappointed, then I watched Sony's and was blown away by only thing: they actually talked about gamers, like, all of the show. Unlike MS that talked about all the other marvelous things the XBONE could do, like acting as a DVR receiver @[email protected]
They got booed. Doesn't matter how many games they showed, the moment you make the crowd boo against definitely puts an E3 AWAY from the 'Great' Category. http://www.youtube.com/watc...
Not only last year, iirc the last few Microsoft conferences didn't live up to the previous hype. At least I'm sure we'll get some funny memes out of it.
MightyNox that's a funny video lol
ok i see well i mean i'll wait untill E3 starts
You spoke da truth
I really doubt they will put too much money for developing games on a dying console. Just look at how bad xbone is selling at amazon, it is selling worst than ps3, WiiU. Call it bizarre, they might actually shift some resources like the $1b originally planned for xbone to xbox360. Why? They know the xbox360 is still selling games and make them profits more than xbone!!!
PS2 used to make a lot of the profit on the early PS3 days, your point is invalid.
That is because the ps3 started out really weak...bad multiplatform games, no indies to fill gaps, Didn't become really must-have until 2009 (which is when I bought it as my first last gen console). Also because the ps2 dominated.
"I really doubt they will put too much money for developing games on a dying console." Any the most ridiculous comment of the day award goes to......
One e3 too late MS, already bought a PS4 after you fumbled with the Xbone.
Then all the sudden Sony just shows indie games while Microsoft shows the AAA games
LOL, Sony is including a lot of indie devs in their game rooster, which is not to my liking, but a lot of good things can come out of that and while I'm sure Sony will be showing a lot of indie devs work they'll spend at least half of the show talking about AAA games, announcements and maybe even some early Morpheus footage. MS, will probably be showing a lot of AAA titles, 2-3 of them exclusive, maybe a sequel to a popular franchise such as GOW, at some point a couple of kids and two reasonable looking adults will come on stage and play kinect and talk to each other like they're family or something. I'm expecting the Sony's conference to be better, just because they're looking to widen the gap on the XBone, and with MS track record these past year (since they outed the kinect) I'd expect a slightly less exciting show. But that's just my prediction, Used to be all about xbox but they ruined the machine for me.
Microsoft has only about 1 more exclusive AAA game already out than Sony does. Sony simply has more games on their newest console than MS does. They have about 20 more games out on PS4. Indie games are a big focus for Sony because right now, they are establishing (in a big way) that they are all about the games... any, and all kinds of games... if you hadn't already gathered that. Microsoft took games that were supposed to come out on the 360, and pushed them to the Xbone to bolster their early lineup. All the while, Sony was continuing to push the PS3 hard in its final major year on the market, before the successor came out, to continue supporting people who still have PS3s, but not ready to get PS4s yet. You loyal Xbox fans like to talk about "the indies", but what do you have over the next couple of months other than a few indies and multiplats? i.e. less games than Sony. Exactly.
For the simple fact that Sony knows the stakes if PlayStation also fails, Sony will look to throw another suckerpunch like last years. As many a fanboy has said...Sony's financial situation puts PlayStation in a good mindset going into this important conference.
Watchdogs will hold me over until e3 great things ahead for all systems but man I love what phil is doing for x1
Gears of War with Ryse quality Graphics O_O ...
Can't wait. And if 343 can make Halo 4 look that amazing... Imagine Halo 5 on Xbox One
Give us a sequel to the Shadowrun released on the 360. That game was so ahead of it's time, with the right studio behind it, would be a huge success.
Yes one of my fave games last gen no other online game has that action was just amazing and fun as heck.
Wow, so for some reason Phil has to go out there and confirm this? As if it's not expected of a gaming console manufacturer to focus on hardcore games at E3? for serious... Not sure what is worse... that, the fact that people have to ask about it, or the fact that people get excited to hear this confirmed. People shouldn't be rejoicing just to hear confirmation that it will be focused on hardcore gamers. They should be wondering what games will be announced/shown by default, as gamers.
E3 has been used to showcase and announce games for all audiences, not just hardcore... When Nintendo presented, they showed a lot of casual, and 3rd parties have done so as well. It's curious that someone would has question what type of games ms would focus on at e3. Historically, the hardcore games have gotten the lion share of their demo time.
Dude you never have anything good to say , why do you even bother commenting here. The guy was asked a question did you expect him to stay quiet? Its you guys who attack Ms for going casual in the first place and bein out 9f touch with fans. Now Phil is doing great and you still accuse him of what now? Give it a rest.
I agree with u yo. I mean really Phil is working extremely hard to win gamers back with making sure that X1 is all about games and having games being the main focus 4 X1 and yet fanboyish or people in general still bitching about the X1 or MS just cause of what happened last year. Really u people need to grow up and stop remembering about the past that something u don't like and think of the future with positive thinking about things.
Why are you bothered what he says, he dosen't reply to you and go "You always are sucking up to anything MS related" Does he?
So it's an accusation now? Point out where dude. You're right though, this is DualShockers fault primarily. Attention shouldn't need to be drawn towards such an obvious statement. My point was, that if people need to find it within themselves to ask a question like that to a GAMING company, something isn't right. I'm not attacking Phil. I've said on numerous occasions that him being head is the best thing that could've happened for them. But you think I'm accusing him of something.... ----- @ AnimeFreak Phil isn't the problem, yet you guys are there believing he is, and that people have a problem with HIM. Nope, people are still going on about MS because they made some really awful decisions that will resound and impact them for an entire generation. Only a certain bunch of people want to forget things that happened, and forgive a company that willingly wanted to screw over its consumer base in the worst way, and would continue to have done had they not been trailing in pre-orders. Calling people immature for being smart with their purchases and supporting companies based on their past actions, is ironic as can be. "Growing up" would be actually learning not to support a company so soon after what they tried to do to this industry and its consumers. If you can observe the past and be wary of the same thing happening in the future that is more mature than sweeping detrimental behaviour under the rug.
@Digital... Maybe because he's answering fans of the Xbox questions. Talking to their user base, you know something a lot of other companies should do. I can only imagine the sony fanboys responses if MS didn't talk about it. I'm sure we would get you and Foxtrot saying MS is quiet because they are: A) Scared of Sony B) Have no games C) It's all Kinect D) Out of touch How exhausting it must be to dip into every positive Xbox article and put down such nonsense and for what? Are you trying to convert Xbox fans or something. Are you trying to diminish the excitement they have leading up to E3?
Woah and there we go again. It's like digging into a pie without reading the ingredient label on the box. The point went right over you head. Read it again. Seriously. Read my responses to the other guys on the defensive. I'm not saying he shouldn't have responded saying what he said. My point was that it's bad that people have the need to ask a question like that in the first place, and the fact people get excited, as if it's not already expected of them to focus on hardcore gamers at E3 - not that Phil or anyone from Xbox gave the answer to it. Jeez man. Can't wait for you to come back denying that I knew what I was saying, when I said it.
halo wars 2,jet force gemini,battletoad,good rts games,moba games i would love too see on the xbox one oh i forgot the rumor games that i been hearing about starcraft,league of legends,star wars the old republic the next game will make me crazy if this is true guild wars 2
I've been reading a comment on that article it said "if Halo 5 doesn't release in 2014 Xbox is screwed." People say the stupidest things.
Same people who think KIs payment model is bad... Same people who think PS2 isn't P2W... Same people who think H1Z1 has potential to be a good Zombie MMO... (They have LITERALLY no experience with zombie games) Same people who think Everquest Next is a WoW Killer... Etc.... Fanboys love to talk shit.
Wow.... seriously, wow. - Writes a positive implication about an Xbox game - Writes 3 negative implications about 3 Sony games. Yeah, I'm waiting for the reply that defends that that you're not a fanboy.
Microsoft is bringing Xbox Live to IOS, Android as well as already being on their own Windows Phone which I guess would be their play on mobile gaming. It does kind of make sense too. Almost all the code for gaming is universal, it is just the services that really separate those devices. It will be up to developers if they want to use Xbox Live in their games. Personally I have been wishing for this for a very long time. My Friends are on Xbox Live, but they don't all have Windows Phones. Be great to compete with them regardless of what devices they have.
It's great you guys have decided to focus more on games again. Maybe now we'll get to see more of Quantum Break. And seriously Microsoft, you better show up with more than just QB and Halo 5. Otherwise, I'll take my bro's advice and just borrow his Xbone for those two games (assuming their good).
Quantum Break is being made my Remedy. There's a reason why they don't heavily advertise gameplay. Because they WAIT until the game is ready to be shown off. That's why they preferred showing Real time rendered In game cutscenes. Let them show off the power of Quantum Break without showing off unfinished alpha footage.