Phil Spencer on Xbox's big year

Eurogamer: Microsoft's showing at last week's Gamescom in Cologne was, then, a strong one, where the announcement of Halo Wars 2 for both Windows and Xbox One underlined how the company was looking to expand Xbox beyond the world of consoles, and where a succession of strong games - Scalebound, Quantum Break, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Crackdown - illustrated the breadth of exclusives due in the near future. Sony didn't have an answer. It decided to skip Gamescom for Paris Games Week, which comes later in the year. But even if it had chosen to stage a conference you sense it'd struggle to compete with what Xbox One has lined up for 2015.

So when we catch up the day after the conference, in a small room on Microsoft's business booth half-heartedly sectioned off from the noisy demo booths for its upcoming game, Phil Spencer appears happy and relaxed, and his enthusiasm for the games he's pimping seems genuine (as does his passion for the games of his competitors, which he makes sure to acknowledge). There's no obfuscated exclusivity deal to try and untangle, and no big drama overshadowing the show. All that's left is to reflect on the good job he's done since taking the helm, and the significant task that lies ahead as he continues to push Xbox forward.

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StrayaKNT1621d ago

Huge year for xbox this year with so many huge AAA exclusives. Next year though looks like it could be one of the greatest years in gaming history.

christocolus1621d ago

Next year looks way better and we still have no idea what some of the 1st party studios are working on.

Septic1621d ago

Quantum Break and Sea of Thieves aaaah.

I wonder what's happening to Phantom Dust :'(

FlexLuger1621d ago

Funny thing is I almost couldnt tell whther it was this year or next he was talking about at first

This year we got:
Big game reveals at E3
Big game reveals at gamescom
The big three (Halo, FM6 and TR)
W10 update

and next year we got..too much for me to be bothered to list. Im wondering what next E3 and gamescom will bring on top of that. But one things for sure 2016 is going to big for xbox. And we are wrapping up 2015 with one hell of a line up.

Kingthrash3601621d ago (Edited 1621d ago )

Big games reveal at gamscom???
What big game was revealed? ?
We knew of crackdown. .of quantum. .and of scalebound..they showed great gameplay of these games but they weren't revealed. And i also don't like this being called a big year...they haven't released a single big AAA game all year. I rather them say big holiday season..but, the year is 8 months old already.
I just hate how words are twisted and spun..smh.
That's said....I'm ready for halo 5. Looked awsome at e3.

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Kingthrash3601620d ago (Edited 1620d ago )

Exactly. ..nobody is saying sony is having a big year. But xbox is just having a super awsome year. Smh people forget also that sony has released 2 all new AAA ips already...the order and bloodborn. ..and still has one to go...until dawn. Sony still has tons more indie excusive games that come out seemingly every week...but that's besides the point. Neither console has had a "big year" and neither of them won't this year. Even sony themselves have said they are lacking in first party content.... but ms spewing lie after lie by saying they are having a big year and they haven done a thing. Not one thing.
I know, I frigging own a xbox one and a ps4 and neither of them has had a big year.

The game you mentioned hasn't come out your right they will have a huge FALL....not a huge YEAR...I'm not twisting anything. A season is far less than a year. Just like a cup is far less than a gallon.

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Rookie_Monster1621d ago

Really Phil has so far taken Xbox to places where it had never been to.

2016 lineup does looks insane!

SquidBuck1621d ago

Phil is just PR, like he really had a say in what gets developed. You guys are putting your faith in the Xbox brand in the hands of one man, that's just wrong.

christocolus1621d ago (Edited 1621d ago )


Lol. He is the head of Xbox, he obviously has a big say in what gets developed and calling him PR is same as calling any other major executive in the games industry PR(Shu, Reggie, Miyamoto etc). Also I wouldn't call it putting faith in one man cos to most xbox fans, Phil is kind of the face of the brand right now and fans love the guy cos he actually knows what he is doing,he has done a terrific job so far and he has been quite open about his focus and plans for the brand.The entire industry cheered when they made Phil Head of xbox, developers and even execs of rival companies said it was the best thing to happen to Xbox.

Septic1621d ago

Apparently HEAD of Xbox means you have no control over the direction of the brand. Being the head of department makes you a PR spokesman somehow?

No one's putting faith of anything on him mate. We're just recognising that his direction and therefore the well guided hard work of the team behind him have helped the Xbox brand.

Some overstate his role and many others understate it

22CobraKing1621d ago

It's exclusives have always been on the holidays, the thing that they've never been is during spring which now some of theirs exclusives coming out at that time that's where they never been too.

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REDDURT1621d ago

All the amazing games that have came out so far...wait nothing yet

Ocsta1621d ago (Edited 1621d ago )

I feel like starting a flame war... Nah. I will say though that this will be the last year Xbox beats PlayStation where exclusives are concerned so bask while you can, guys. Now if you'll excuse me...

StrayaKNT1621d ago

Looks like 2016 will be same with some of the best games I have ever seen coming to xbox next year.

SquidBuck1621d ago

Same goes for Playstation! I'm glad I have both and don't have to fight for a side, unlike a lot of these morons.

jon_snow1621d ago

Actually opposite check out list of ps4 vs x1 exclusive in 2015

hint: ps4 has close to thrice exclusive over X1 in 2015
(here is link for all ps4 exclusives released and announced http://gamrconnect.vgchartz... )

Ocsta1621d ago

Yeah well you know these guys. Somehow that overwhelming evidence isn't going to count because raisins. It's like banging your head against a wall made of dumbasses.

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fanboysmackdown1618d ago

I'm with you there @Squidback, having both systems means I could care less who has the better games because I'll get to play them all. And Octsa......I'll bask every year and you'll be playing your PS4 and what exclusives do they have this holiday season?

Hoffmann1621d ago (Edited 1621d ago )

Its August 2015, almost 2 years after the third Xbox was released and the system has still only one exclusive game I care about a bit.

Killer Instinct. And that one is coming to PC now.

I would have called 2015 a big year for the Xbox One if MS managed it somehow to win me and so many others over.

Instead we see the gap between the two platforms getting bigger and bigger if we look at raw sales numbers worldwide. Calling 2015 a big year for the platform in this context might be a bit delusional. But Phil's duty is to talk about good news ...of course.

Septic1621d ago

But that's just you. Apart from Bloodborne and Resogun, the PlayStation 4 has nothing worthy at all in its library.

Whereas on Xbox, I can play Forza Horizon 2 and Sunset Overdrive along with Halo 5 and Forza 6 amongst others. For two years running, since launch, the Xbox One has decisively bettered the ps4 in terms of games imo.

So its not delusional,especially comparatively. These are mega titles for fans of these franchises.

poor_cus_of_games1621d ago

That's just your opinion. Not fact.

Hoffmann1621d ago (Edited 1621d ago )

"But that's just you. Apart from Bloodborne and Resogun, the PlayStation 4 has nothing worthy at all in its library. "

Heh, Septic I could just answer "thats just you" now as well :-)

I play on PC and PS4 and don't care about Resogun or Bloodborne but I am a big fan of fighting games and the whole "Warriors" library of games by Tecmo Koei.

Had a lot of fun with Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate, Samurai Warriors 4 and look forward now to Pirate Warriors 3 and the DragonQuest Warriors game. Other games I played a lot now on PS4 were Guilty Gear Xrd, BlazBlue and MKX.

As a gamer who plays a fighting game almost every day the Xbox just does not offer me anything aside from KI, and when I think at the upcoming wave of JRPG's it looks similar as well with many of the games like Star Ocean 5, DragonQuest 11, Persona 5 not being announced for the Xbox as well while it is also not getting any exclusive jrpg's as far as I know.

It might been a big year for fans of Forza but when you look at the worldwide sales of the system its not so big.

SquidBuck1621d ago

Killzone Shadowfall, Infamous Second Son, Driveclub; the launch was rough but it's been fixed and it's undoubtedly the best next gen looking racer, and a whole lot of PSN games that aren't on xbox. You're simply a fanboy. Everybody sees it.

Ocsta1621d ago

That has got to be the most delusional argument I've ever heard. Bloodborne and Resogun are all Ps4 has? You even mention the Forza games, TWICE! Sunset overdrive? Really? Wow dude, just... Wow.

Sie1621d ago

As a multi console owner and a pc owner I also agree with his opinion. My ps4 barely gets used compared to my Xbox but that's due to the Xbox having the games I like and that's ok.

StrayaKNT1621d ago (Edited 1621d ago )

"But that's just you. Apart from Bloodborne and Resogun, the PlayStation 4 has nothing worthy at all in its library.

Whereas on Xbox, I can play Forza Horizon 2 and Sunset Overdrive along with Halo 5 and Forza 6 amongst others. For two years running, since launch, the Xbox One has decisively bettered the ps4 in terms of games imo."

%100 agree as a matter of fact I have spent more time playing xbox launch titles like forza 5, Ryse, dead rising and killer instinct more than any title sony released this year and last year. Bloodborne is good don't get me wrong but literally everything else has a competitor that has it beaten on the Xbox one. Forza trumps driveclub, halo trumps Killzone, sunset trumps infamous, ori trumps all indies on ps4, Titanfall trumps all fps on it. This year is just uncomparable with Halo 5, forza 6, Tomb raider, gears ultimate and Fable still to come out. Infact I have spent more time playing killer instinct alone over all the ps4 exclusives put together, it has become my favourite fighting game of all time. Most people with both consoles will know this but don't expect many people on n4g to have both consoles and I'm not here hating on the ps4 I'm actually hear eagerly awaiting some good exclusives because one just isn't enough.

That's actually a fact to people who own both consoles, they are usually playing xbox exclusives more. Much much more.

Septic1621d ago (Edited 1621d ago )

At Ocsta, what's wrong with my opinion? What's wrong with Sunset Od? It even had better reviews than its closest contender, Infamous so my opinion isn't so far fetched.

Horizon 2 is one of the best racers ever released imo. The closest thing to it on PS4 is DC and that's not really even remotely close to the former game's quality and content imo. If I mention two Forza games then that's two driving games, one arcade and one simulation, that overshadow anything the PS4 has atm

And Shadowfall is one of the most hollow fps' I've played in a long time.

Persona and MLB are not my type of games and I suspect for not a lot of others either.

Horizon 2
Halo 5
Forza 6
Sunset Od
Tomb Raider

And others. I'm sorry but really, the PS4 has nothing apart from Resogun and Bloodborne for me. Next year is a whole different story potentially. But again, like Hoffman, this is my opinion.

christocolus1621d ago (Edited 1621d ago )


Septic never said it was's his opinion, everyone is entitled to theirs. aren't they?


You say the PS4 has a better line up and Septic believes the Xbox One has a better line up. Fine. These are both your opinions and that's cool but don't come in here trying to downplay something you obviously have no interest in.

"Calling 2015 a big year for the platform in this context might be a bit delusional. But Phil's duty is to talk about good news ...of course."

Delusional? wow. anyway so you know, its the job of exec's to promote their brands/'s all about competition.. You don't see Shu or Reggie talking crap about PS4 and WiiU, Do you?

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Septic1621d ago (Edited 1621d ago )


Of course it is mate. I'm not saying it is fact.

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Chaos-Dad1621d ago (Edited 1621d ago )

"But even if it had chosen to stage a conference you sense it'd struggle to compete with what Xbox One has lined up for 2015. "


tinynuggins1621d ago

Yes, Ps4 is home of the Jrpgs and other Japan centric games. If you're not a fan of those games, there isn't much left for you (based on your list anyway).

StrayaKNT1621d ago (Edited 1621d ago )

What about the 130 bc titles that aren't playable on ps4 and the thirty rare replay titles lol if you added those then the list would look opposite and it's true dude the Xbox library is going to be twice or three times as big with bc :)

Exactly I wouldn't play some of these games if you payed me lol Godzilla is even there just shows the quality of that list of games.


Only fail @$$ argument is trying to compare ps now to bc lmao dude they charge you to play the games you own, good customer service that one /s :) I'm sorry but when bc comes out, the Xbox library will be three times bigger than the ps library, accept it and move on :)

Ocsta1621d ago

Dude BC is a [email protected]$$ argument. If anyone wanted to play 360 games they'd buy a 360 for next to nothing. Besides, doesn't PSNow count as a form of BC that's also going to grow over time to include games from THREE old consoles? Your argument is invalid.

Ocsta1621d ago

That's your counter argument? You have to pay? So Netflix is a rip off because I watch movies on it that I've seen before? And since when do you have to own them to play them? You must be confusing PSNow with Xbox BC because it's there you need to own what you play. Sorry bud but when PSNow comes into it's own it's going to be the best BC value in gaming history. The combined library of the three Playstations is literally the best in the history of gaming.

ORyanDeee1621d ago

dont bother replying to him Ocsta, everyone knows hes a troll.
Anyway, both sides offer something different that draw in people, and its all a matter of opinion.

fanboysmackdown1618d ago (Edited 1618d ago )

@Ocsta what are you even doing on an xbox article, troll much?

Chaosdreams1621d ago

It always come down to a matter of preference. Why bother butting heads? Each console has its merits and pushes itself further to remain that way.

One day Xbox One looks beautiful.
The next, PS4 does something grand.

Fan boys will go back and forth, drool and point fingers and yell, "SEE, I TOLD YOU WE WERE KINGS!"

There's also Nintendo, those sneaky dudes are probably making something interesting right now. Or something bad, ya never know.

I'm truthfully, for the first time in my life, excited for those who own an Xbox One. I've never been pulled in by the Xbox consoles, but the news of late has made me grin at what they are accomplishing. Naturally, I'd like Sony to keep up the pace with what they are doing (being a ps4 owner.)

Happy gaming eh!

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