Xbox's Phil Spencer: From Savior To Villain

With his recent comments on the future of single-player games, a refocusing of the Xbox brand on hardware, and a fading confidence among his fans, Phil Spencer is losing a grip as Head of Xbox.

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Septic62d ago

Phil Spencer is misunderstood. Like Batman.

Septic62d ago

Lmao! Hats off to you sir

4Sh0w62d ago

Villain to who?...nah, check Phil Twitter and Xbox forums the guy has vastly more praise, you know from the people who matter, Xbox fans. ps folks may not like him but that's typical, just like Ciffy B used to be universally slammed by ps fanboys, now they love 'em.

Nodoze62d ago

Drop the mic on that one. Argument over.

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JackBNimble62d ago

Lol @skulls
Why do you care so much about what the Sony fanboys think, you got a beast right, so who cares what people say?... Unless it's true

moldybread62d ago

Two-face? That's pretty good. I think it's actually more like two sets of visions, what he wants and what Microsoft is willing to spend. It was pretty bad to just rely on Forza 7 to showcase anything new. People have been bugging him for years to invest more and after a few failures commercially with Ryse, Sunset Overdrive, and Quantum Break they seem fearful to invest in new IP's aside from Rare's Sea of Thieves.

It's kind of the same pattern here, each generation they start out fairly strong and if nothing resonates as the new new big thing they fall back to familiar IP's and it never really grows.

With that said I understand his views on single player games. He already said he loves them but the indsutry is changing. What he is too cowardly to admit is Microsoft doesn't want to take on those risks and is more concerned with having everyone connected so they can be like Google and track everything.

MagicBeanz62d ago

BOOM! You win the internets. LOL

LordMaim62d ago

There's nothing wrong with Phil Spencer. He's done a fantastic job of turning around the Xbox One from the rocky launch.

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Niv62d ago

He lived long enough to see himself a villain.

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fiveby961d ago

Yep that was my first thought too. "You Either Die A Hero, Or You Live Long Enough To See Yourself Become The Villain" -- Harvey Two Face

bouzebbal61d ago (Edited 61d ago )

Wow septic first post on every xbox article lol how cute.

I think the original xbox 1 message was much better than botw it is right now. At least it was something original and a risky bet. Now they're playing it too safe that the brand turned into a complete joke especially after they killed the exclusives.

nX61d ago

I think he went from villain to savior to disappointment in the past 6 years.

WickedLester61d ago

Personally I don't see what's so wrong with having two consoles with very different strengths. PlayStation has built a reputation of being the go to console for single player, character-driven, cinematic gaming. Xbox through Live has built a reputation of being the go to console for multiplayer experiences and services. Of course each console provides both but each obviously caters to one more than the other. At least that's a way to differentiate Xbox and PlayStation instead of everyone saying they're the "same console."

Goldby61d ago


Just cuz he has the masses with him doesn't mean he is what is best for the company.

And that can be applied to any company.

Or country leader

Bigpappy61d ago

Exactly what 4show has stated. His comment regarding single play may not go over well with many of his fans, but he is more popular amound Xbox fans than ever.

As far as PS fanboy how want more exclusives to pick and choose from on their PC'S, they would love to see him replaced yesterday.

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Death62d ago

Phil talked about the importance of single player and the difficulties it faces. Sony fans twisted it and claim he is against single player instead. That's not being misunderstood, it's having people lie to make themselves feel better and having an even larger group of people follow the those lies like lemmings off a cliff instead of thinking for themselves. This is the internet age and everything is in writing. It's not hard to view the source material and form an intelligent opinion, but people prefer to have an opinion first and then find things to support it instead. It's sad, but it's the age we live in.

Septic62d ago

Yeah that much was obvious and people to this day are still running that narrative. It's sad but what can you do. As a great sage called Christopher once said, the squeakiest cog gets the oil.

Apocalypse Shadow62d ago

It's not about what he says Death. It's the actions. He can say whatever he wants but what he does as the leader is what's most important.

No new studios. No new, big IPs. No counter response to GOW, Spiderman, Horizon, Zelda, etc. No counter response to uncharted except for buying time exclusivity for tomb raider which still came to PlayStation instead of making a game. No extra funding for recore to make it better. Loss of Remedy to multiplatform because of low sales. Reliance on the same IPs every year like clockwork. Actions. All about actions.

What do we see? We see the continued push for Xbox live. Their bread and butter. Every game from sea of thieves, state of decay, crackdown, gears, halo, Forza, etc are multiplayer driven to push Xbox live. Micro transactions to push Xbox live. Talk of GAAS to again, push Xbox live. Talk about Minecraft and cross play to push Xbox log in numbers. That's what we see.

Alan Wake 2? Nope. Ryse 2? Nope. Fable 4? Nope. Scalebound? Nope. All companies, remedy, crytek,lionhead and platinum games effected by his leadership and actions. No funding, closing and canceling.

How about a reason to even own a Kinect? Nothing from first party. Just tossed into the garbage bin. Wasted money

He's only a facade image that helped Xbox from becoming a disaster. But, he was there the whole time during that debacle and said nothing. Only saying gamers didn't fully understand what they were trying to do. No, we knew what they were trying to do because they thought they were in the leadership position and wanted to screw gamers over even more for profit.


BIGBOSS0862d ago (Edited 62d ago )

You xbox fanboys always complain like babies that everyone hates on anything microsoft for no reason but the truth is there are soo many reasons for them but you guys are blind to every single one of those reasons. It's your problem, not everyone else's. This isn't about one thing Phil Spencer has said. It's about all the terrible decisions microsoft have made since like 2009. Theres only so many shitty things you can before pretty much everyone hates you and Microsoft have gone way past the tipping point.

TKCMuzzer62d ago

Eh what, you pretty much described yourself in many of the articles you post in. You can be a lemming for both sides of the fence. The truth is people believe what they want to, you included, its a way of every fitting in with what they believe is right with what they like.
It's also not hard to view source material and pick out the bits you want to , which will support your point of view.
Whether you like it or not Phil has said some contradictory things and unfortunately for him they are stored on the internet, so sometimes come back to bite him.

Eonjay62d ago

See its a setup two ways. First, he is responsible just like Don Mattrick for its downfall. Second he was always going to be to blame when they couldn't match Sony in sales. Don had 50% of the overall market. Phil has about 30% (We think). Phil has done decidedly worse in his tenure as head of Xbox. And fans could always use him as a scapegoat.

LP-Eleven62d ago (Edited 62d ago )

@ Apocalypse Shadow: Best post I've read in a very long time!

DragonDDark62d ago

@Apocalypse pretty much. Wont expect any full response to this

LexHazard7962d ago

Dont come with that Xbox fanboy crap being blind. If Xbox does something anti consumer or things I dont like..I let it be known. But theres been plenty of times where praise was due and you guys are the one that come on the threads and ruin the shit! Anyone can go look at any past article and see for themselves. I was looking thru some earlier, and I was just like wow these Sony dudes are Savages strait up!

Death62d ago

Quantum Break and Recore are single player new IPs from Microsoft. The last interview he did he spoke about b/c and original Xbox games that are single player as well. It's no secret Microsoft is responsible for the push towards social gaming, but single player still exists and many of the games with a multiplayer component can be played alone as well. Gears and Halo have a campaign that can be played solo or with friends in co-op if you choose. Adding the multiplayer component didn't make either series worse, it added replayability.

Shadowlee62d ago (Edited 62d ago )

@ Shadow apocolypse
Where to start
First off Phil has been great as the head Xbox making sure he stay engaged with the community and giving ALL top request if he can and which he has done. Fans asked for a new faster efficient UI and he has given it to where it now faster than ps4s and pins to get what you need quick. Hes given BC the #1 requested feature on xbox forums. Mean Sony say BC is no biggie yet continues to rerelease old games and overcharge for ps now.

No new studios? How do you know?
No new ip? Wtf is sea of thieves? Did he not just confirmed new ips in the works? No counter? So crackdown, state of decay, forza 7 not releasing? What was sonys and nintendos counter to halo 5, forza h3, gears 4? The faces of Xboxs (Waits) weve had a nee uncharted release in 3 years or less since its debute. Halos only on its 5th main line game in 3 gens while uncharted is on its 4th in just 2 with and new one on its way. Yet you trashing halo and forza?

Wtf! State of decay isnt even multiplayer driven 😂 did the 1st even have online multiplayer? Cause I dont recall ever playing mp on it lol learn your facts and online mp would only ruin what you built in the game. Halos singleplayer is as good and important as its mp and any halo fan will tell you this (except 5 lol) and same goes for forza its a damn racer its 50/50. And regardless why is mp focus a bad thing? It only adds more replay value and content than a singleplayer only game. Whats the point of paying $60 for a game youre gonna beat in under 12 hours and have nothing else to do in game? Youre better off renting it and saving $55 call me when God of war has the play hours of halo. Hmm... 15 hours vs 100+ hours ya im choosing the 100+. So pushing xbox live is bad? Offering game pass is bad? Have online mp is bad? Gtfoh

Kinect i personally never gave 2 💩 about no matter how good or perfect it was. However many haters like yourself that had no interest in the first place complained of lack of support and ms forced it to get support and it only hurt ppl like me that didnt care about it. Btw what happen to ps camera? (No hate just havent heard about it in awhile)

Youre hating on Spencer for what exactly? Turning xbox around from its crappy launch condition? Giving the top requested things like bc, more power, new ui? Rest of 2017 and 2018 looks solid game wise and phil confirmed 2019 and 2020 new ips and a "horizon" type game. So what is there to hate him for? Did he deny us ea access?(best value in gaming) did he say screw you to those that wanted bc? A smaller console? More power? Better policies? Crossplay? No! But guess who did! 😎 *pops collar*

ziggurcat62d ago

So where were the 1st party single player games during MS's E3 presentation?

gamer780462d ago

exactly, done by console warriors basically.