With Microsoft Trying to evolve and move on from the PR disaster that was E3 last year, with Don Mattrick at the helm, Phil Spencer has taken the reigns.... Is this actually a healthy move for the Xbox brand? Mark Kerry writes.
Well, he does listen and even answers to consumers. The author should be able to ask himself and see it all at Phil's twitter.
Phil listens, that's what saving Xbox right now:)
I would start listening too if I had no choice ;-)
Regardless does it matter? They have continually made xbox one better and better based on consumer feedback.
What matters is games, 90% of the gamers just care about the product on store shelves, if its worth the price point they will buy it. Also lots of my friends and associates at work wanted an X1 from the start,outside of game forums I never hear the fanboy stuff, they are just in no rush to run out an buy a next gen console while their 360 or ps3 still fills their gaming needs. I think that's smart. So it's a long gen, 6-7 months in doesn't speak to where these consoles will be in 1, 2, 3 years and so on.
I think to a degree yes, but not nearly as much as the loyalists think. After all, he was quoted not too long ago saying he had no plans to drop the Kinect as it was part of the Xbox, and then drops it for a new bundle right after their sales plummeted. So listening to people's wallets is also a big part of it.
I'm starting to think people give you disagrees out of habit now.
If you read the piece you might find out what the author's opinion is. The writers don't write the headers, the editor does.
The header sets the tone to any article. The header also should related to the piece. If it doesnt then its not worth reading in the first place.
Thats a bad idea for journalism. Writers should write the headline of their own news, editors job is to review it, make suggestions, sometimes fix errors and then give the green light to post. OT Phil is listening to the consumer but its really about the games, deliver the games and real gamers will follow.
Read the article. Clearly I know that he is listening to the consumer and this article is more about the postive changes that have been made and what has been done right around the corner from E3 and announced BEFORE E3. I See what you did there though, a champion comment based from the headline of this article only. Showing you didn't actually read it. *claps*
He basically says, yes, that Phil is listening to consumers...but also is waiting to see what happens.
Phil is doing a great job, xbox will knock it out the park this E3. Now all they need to do is get rid of Yusuf Mehdi, that bloke really makes my skin crawl and he seems about as gamer focused as Mattrick did
Was Yusuf the guy who called people stupid for buying a PS3?
Ofcourse he is. MS is a business, and what better way to success than listening to your customers? All businesses do it, not just gaming companies and at the end of the day it all boils down to one thing - profit.
They're definitely listening but they are forced to change, they don't want to lose.
Here we go another article praising Phil for the changes when it was higher ups who didn't have a choice since it was the only way to get back on track. There was no other way they could of gone and with or without Phil they would of done these changes so they could improve the sales Phil is just the guy they want to take the credit so we'll all start trusting them again. Even if Don Mattrick managed to cling onto power and was still the head of the Xbox branch this very day despite all the shit he caused last year, these changes would of still happened. What would of we said then "Yay...go Don", "Wow Don always listens", "Don has do a fantastic job lately".........yeah I don't think so and be honest you would be calling him out as "doing as he is told to turn things around". It's getting ridiculous how much people think he's the man behind these changes when he's not. Are people really that dumb. Big changes like Kinect, DRM, the price etc all come down to the big heads, Phil dosen't have that power as it's not his product, he's just looking after it. Force change is not the same as changing because you want to Yup bring on the disagrees because you can't handle the truth...like always.
Very true, just like when Sony were forced to listen to consumers, developers...... Listening is a good thing....
Sony were arrogant and big headed with the PS3 at first, once they saw their mistakes they quickly changed for the better. With the architecture of the PS3 though there was no way to do something to help developers at the time, that's why only now are they listening to developers because we've had new hardware. How long did Microsoft cling to DRM despite the backlash, used games, Kinect etc
DRM, used games, ect were removed before release. Changes were announced weeks after E3. So they clung for about a month from the initial reveal.
Disagree all you wish. Reveal was May 20th, policy changes were announced June 19th.
Its not that we cant "handle the truth". Believe or not, some N4G members are past their teens and are mature enough to not hold grudges over petty things...especially over DRM rights, something thats vastly inconsequential compared to issues like world hunger, cancer, obesity, government corruption etc. I feel you take things a bit too seriously sometimes. MS made a change for the better and you're getting into a fit because they didnt make the change fast enough? If the change was made, what difference does it make how or why? It happened. We benefit. End of story.
Majority of this talk is from people who have no intention to get an Xbox regardless. Any means to hold a grudge. If the changes you demand are done, why does it matter the reason? All these qualifiers people had, price, DRM, always online, used games, mandatory kinect, ect. All removed or adjusted, but met with "I can't trust them now. They keep making changes."
Exactly. People are just arguing for the sake of arguing at this point. It reminds me of that time Adam Sessler gave Killzone 2 a 5/5 and Sony fanboys said he did it because he was forced to do it. You literally can not win with these people. Even if you give them what they want, they make up another reason to complain.
Woah. You sound like you're heavy into the illuminati. "You Cant Handle The Truth" - you really sound like Alex Jones. Either way, These are changes that have come into effect under the reigns of Phil Spencer where as Don Mattrick painted himself up to be an arsehole who simply didn't care what people really wanted etc. it may just be a "hey there, We're listening" tactic by Xbox, but it's a well known fact that Phil Spencer has always been in touch with the consumer.. so in a way its nice that they're delivering that ploy with someone who is consumer orientated at the helm.
Yeah man the Xbox fanboys are praising Phil oije he's doing this stuff from the kindness of his heart. He's doing this because he has to. The whole DRM scandal they only got rid of it because their pre orders were really low, the XBL paywall they only got rid of it to compete with PSN, GWG to compete with PS+, and now they wanna focus on exclusives because that's what Playstation has been doing since PS1 and they see how well it worked. Bundeling there biggest game of the year for free and at a discount, and dropping kinect and the price to 399. Its not because Phil just woke up one day and said "Hey we should do this for our fans." It was more like "Damn we're getting our asses kicked we need to take drastic measures." I love my Xbox One its an awesome console and I can't wait to see what MS has in store for us at E3 but these Xbox fanboys need to stop acting like Phil is doing all this out of the kindness of his heart. And I believe MS will have the best showing tomorrow. They're gonna announce loads of games.
People just need to ask themselves, would these changes be happening, including positioning Phil as the new gamer friendly face of xbox, if sales weren't so below expectations? I find the notion that MS are listening to consumers utterly laughable. Anyone with half a brain knows MS are merely listening to sales reports.
Low sales is indirectly listening to consumers. Making adjustments to your product to suit their wishes. It's odd to me how Microsoft is the only company who shouldn't be concerned with profit, & every other company does things because they love us as individuals.
Lets wait until tomorrow to see.
How cool is it to tweet this guy and get a response? It's awesome. He's definitely showing a lot of interest towards the community and working hard to make things happen. Any other executives from the industry in general would not even bother responding to your tweets. Phil has a lot of confidence in Xbox. And I have a lot of confidence in Phil. GOOD JOB!
Shuhei Yoshida's been responding to tweets for a few years now, and he's doing it even more now since he became a bit more well known. In an interview, he said the first thing he does when he wakes up is look at his Twitter feed and reply to tweets. They're both good people to have in executive positions, but I trust Yoshida to deliver more. He greenlit the PS2 and PS3's games and he fought hard to keep plenty of studios from closing when Sony started doing poorly, including Naughty Dog and Sony Santa Monica. When Phil Spencer became General Manager of Microsoft Game Studios in 2008, it became a Halo, Forza, Fable fest from the 1st parties. I'm gonna pin that on Mattrick but Phil's not absolved of it happening, he's doing good now though and it's likely going to continue.
He has terrible fashion sense though. Jack Tretton always looked dapper, he's no Jack Tretton, Am I right girls? Huh? Huh?
Jack Tretton was quite literally THE BOSS. I will miss him on that Sony stage. Bet you he has a concealed carry permit too.
He's not a corporate tard.