Phil Spencer Discusses Xbox Series X, First-Party Lineup, xCloud, & Competition

Xbox division head Phil Spencer talked about the Xbox Series X, Game Pass, Project xCloud, Competition, and his reaction to the PS5 reveal.

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darthv721196d ago

It's only taken him all gen to get things into a more stable position. I look forward to the future of SX but I'm not going to lie and say this gen was all peaches and cream when he took over. He had some major fences to mend and it took time to get things going in the right direction but it cost them dearly. Ridicule from gamers and journalists... but he took it all in stride. Like a boss.

Kumakai1196d ago (Edited 1196d ago )

Don Matttrick almsot singlehandedly destroyed the entire generation for xbox. I'm glad he was removed. I feel more confident with Spencer at the helm of a new console launch and I think the Series X will have more success than the Xbox One b/c of it..

bouzebbal1196d ago

Wtf did I just read? he took over early and be had always been involved since the beginning... Just watch the first x1 reveal, he was so proud showing and introducing the vision xbox had with DRM.
, DRM was removed when Mattrick was still in place..It's him who removed exclusives, killed Kinect and did a terrible rebrand. Canned several promising 1St party titles like fable.. Bought gears, focused on halo... Same shit as always.. He did nothing to attract Japanese..

He's killing the brand and it is irrelevant like never before

neutralgamer19921196d ago


No doubt his statements didn't help but don't act like Phil wasn't part of his team and was a higher up back than too. Don is also the only Xbox executive to show courage in competetion against Sony and under him Xbox became huge brand

Phil has used this whole generation to do talking and I hope it's time to deliver now. The last 2+ years of Xbox 360 and this whole generation xbox has been saying wait and see

They said wait and see we will show gameplay only to show trailers

It's time to come clean out your cards on the table. Phil has been talking since December 2019 about series x and In one event PlayStation got all the momentum and have gamers talking

Like cerny Phil has developer background it's time for him to show that side of his knowledge and compete because no what what sony or ms fanboys say we the gamers win if both companies do well and have to compete for our business

Ps4 winning in a landslide isn't great for us and this is a coming from a PlayStation fan. If Xbox one was close 2nd I believe we would have seen more IP's from Sony and more games in general

They did one FPS that is killzone when during PS3 they did

kz trilogy
Resistance trilogy

So if any gamer thinks less competition is good for us just look at how things were during PS3/Xbox 360 and how both companies went above and beyond but this gen Sony won by year 3 and since than they have been very good but could have been better

And that's a scary thought since TLOU2 and ghost are coming out now

1Victor1196d ago

@kuma Don at the time was the same as Phil a corporate suit put in there to do what they say make the company look good and take the fault when the 💩hit the the fan. Microsoft did it to themselves they let the curse of the 2nd gen success go to their head to the point their low level people was talking crap like “ if you don’t like daily check in there’s a console for you and it’s called Xbox 360”.or do you think that all the tv, high price and “Kinect is impossible to be removed as it’s a important part of the system “ was all Don idea and no one even phill though it was a bad idea.
Phill is just excellent at his job of overhype their stuff and look like having fun doing it

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darthv721196d ago

@neutral, you got to keep in mind it wasnt just a head of xbox change that took place this gen. it was also a head of MS change. Matrick was the whipping boy of Balmer and once he stepped down, and Matrick moved on... spencer got the chance to fix the things that needed fixing. the first was to get the XB division more freedom to decide how they wanted to proceed with things like game development and acquisitions. Like i said, it took him some time but he managed to get the corp side on board with the ideas of expanding and allowing more creative freedom to their in house teams.

Im sure convincing the heads of MS to just give away their games for a cheap monthly price went over swimmingly in the board room... but here we are. Gamepass is doing pretty good for itself. All we can do is let things progress now because complaining about what could/should have been is not going to get us anywhere. Id rather think of the positives that next gen is bringing across the board.

AngelicIceDiamond1196d ago

It sounds like from the interview since the X1 had had an anemic exclusives through out this gen Phil's making up for it by putting those games on X1 instead of outright abandoning the console. That and of course Gamepass subscribers are on their as well. But I mean, yeah their fan base want those big games so he's owes them.

yomfweeee1196d ago

Microsoft failed this generation in the exclusive department. Phil Spencer was in charge of their games before he took over. No excuses there.

StrangerX1195d ago

At the time it was Don Matrick and Jusuf Mhedi in charge. Even if he could have ideas, he could do nothing since he was not a boss. So, he knew But couldn't do squat! So yeah, he is excused!

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Godmars2901196d ago

Is such literally said if the man only says "hi"?

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lelo2play1196d ago

Enough talk. Show the goods... show gameplay, not CGI trailers.

JeffGUNZ1195d ago (Edited 1195d ago )

Agreed, and that is what July is marketed for. I think a lot of people need to realize this stuff takes time. A few years ago at E3 MS acquired all these studios and it takes years to try and develop a AAA type game. This July show is their opportunity to show their gamers they are finally going to deliver these exclusives. I will wait and see. For me personally, not make or break as I game on PC and use their gamepass to get the games on my PC. I will be getting a PS5 this generation for exclusives, which is completely different from this past gen when I get an Xbox One first then a PS4 a year or two later.

TheHunter811195d ago

Phil is a joke. Thank him for what? He was apart of that disastrous XBONE launch, cancelled new IPs and every year said things like “best line up in history” “games games games” and so on.

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timotim1196d ago

"Just being honest, I felt good after seeing their show. I think the hardware advantages that we’ve built are going to show up as we’re talking more about our games, framerates, and other things."

This is music to my ears! If we are going next-gen, then lets go all the way. Framerates, smoothness and the feel of the games will play just as an important role as visuals next-gen...looks like SX is giving us both.

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ReadyPlayer221196d ago

Well, so far, they are the only console with confirmed AAA 120fps games. I imagine they're going to highlight that in the event with more games running at that rate.

Lore1196d ago

I wouldn’t expect any AAA games to run at 120fps other than Forza

PyroMessiah861196d ago (Edited 1196d ago )

@Lore Dirt 5 already confirmed as 4k 120fps on Xbox SX

Fishy Fingers1196d ago (Edited 1196d ago )

PyroMessiah86. They've confirmed 4K and 120fps, they havent confirmed its simultaneous, becuase it wont be.

ReadyPlayer221196d ago (Edited 1196d ago )

Gears 5 (4k ultra @ 120fps)
Dirt 5 (dynamic 4k @120fps)

GT was running at 4k 60fps (with 1080p raytracing) this comes from Digital Foundry's analysis. So NO, zero confirmed 120fps games for PS5. Hell, there were more 30fps games shown than 60 fps. That's just fact.

TheTony3161196d ago

Dirt 5 is a crossgen title. Gt7 is only on ps5.

RazzerRedux1195d ago

"Gears 5 (4k ultra @ 120fps)
Dirt 5 (dynamic 4k @120fps)"

Wrong. Gears 5 was said to be running over 100fps, but no mention of graphic settings or resolution. Dirt 5 can run at 120fps, but they didn't say 4k.

You guys are making some inaccurate assumptions.

Lore1195d ago


You must have misunderstood the vagueness of my comment. If you read in between the lines you’d know I was referring to racing games and indies. Smaller scale productions that don’t require a hefty amount of horsepower. With an occasional larger game here & there offering the 120. But other than that 120 will not be seen in even 20% of AAA titles

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russo1211196d ago

What are the next gen exclusives supposed to play in that next gen box? To be successfully launched the rhetoric of fps and resolution will not suffice to promote the next MS generation.

timotim1196d ago

Performance and fidelity will always be something that we as gamers value once we actually PLAY these games on our own set-ups. You can instantly feel/see the difference between 30 vs 60FPS in person...thats when it matters most.

russo1211196d ago


"...Performance and fidelity will always be something that we as gamers value once we actually PLAY these games on our own set-ups. You can instantly feel/see the difference between 30 vs 60FPS in person...thats when it matters most...."

I can almost agree entirely with you, but more is needed to promote xsx than the basic "we have the power to present fps and resolution" - the discourse IMO should be "we have the power to deliver new and innovative next gen experiences that can only be achieved by xsx". This should be translated into creativity outside their comfort bubble zone of HGF, they must present unseen games in the same caliber of UC4, TLOU2, Spider Man, HZD, etc, using the self promoted high capabilities of the machine. This way of thinking allied to a very competitive price, other audiences will start looking seriously at them. At the moment a mountain higher than the Everest must be climbed and I have serious doubts they'll be able to put a flag on top of it.

timotim1196d ago (Edited 1196d ago )

Agreed...more is needed...like actual great games among other things. At no point am I saying thats all they need. The quote I took above is something I and many others love to see Phil say because it speaks to more than just "I have prettier graphics than last-gen, thus its next-gen" approach Ive seen elsewhere. What I'm saying is that graphics is just one part of the next-gen story and its good seeing Phil address those other parts.

In terms of your suggestion...all the games you listed from Sony are sequels and are established IPs...I agree that we need to see new IP titles from Xbox in July, but Im not of the camp that dismisses sequels either...I love my HGF as you put it...Sony showed Ratchet, Gran Turismo, Sackboy...all existing IPs...Microsoft can get away with them too...but they must be good.

Hakuoro1196d ago

It wouldn't be a Phil Spencer interview if he didn't talk down Sony.