Last One at the Table: Phil Spencer on Inheriting Xbox One and Launching Xbox Series X

The 'Xboss' of Xbox reflects on his early years at Microsoft, the circumstances that led to him volunteering to lead Microsoft's Xbox division, launching a console during a pandemic, and more.

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Jin_Sakai1115d ago

Yep. Just give fans the worlds most powerful console with GamePass and call it a day. Who needs exclusives, great launch titles, next gen controller, next gen UI.

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Charal1115d ago

He is the worst head of Xbox division ever.
Exclusives for Xbox are in a catastrophic shape since he get the job.
One X was already the world most powerful console, it was never taken advantage of.

And lastly, he created this awful concept of the serie S which is the worst move in game industry since long.

I don’t know what’s the deal in the US now to blindly support compulsive liars that have been proven wrong so many times.

AngelicIceDiamond1115d ago

What do you know another fanboy who doesn't have single clue of what he's talking about and just makes believe stuff off the fly.

"He is the worst head of Xbox division ever.
Exclusives for Xbox are in a catastrophic shape since he get the job."

You're right worst ever he bought a whole bunch of studios a little over 2 years ago, bought Bethesda a month ago for 7.5b in setting up a future of strong exclusive catalog. Yep the worst boss ever in the world. But the other boss forced Kinect and casual gaming, opened up a studio to make exclusive TV content and made a 400 million $ deal to secure exclusive football TV rights. He's the best ever right?

What are you gonna say next that pigs fly and cows jump over the moon?

The Same series S that has VRS, Velocity architecture, CPU strength as the X? the does RT in games like Watch Dogs? I still believe the S will be limited down the line once next gen only games release specifically the more demanding AAA games but so far it's fine and serving its purpose.

Compulsive liar? Uuh what did he lie about? He said wanted studio's bought studios. He said he wanted a strong console, release it, a cheap console release that. Facts don't care about your feelings.

Charal1115d ago


You talk studios, dollars, technical details, but no games.
You prove exactly my point, and give a cristal clear example of typical dumb Xbox fanboysm.

AngelicIceDiamond1114d ago

Oh you mean games like Avowed, Fable, Ever Wild, hell blade 2, project Mara and Forza, State Of Decay 3?

Xbox fanboyism that's cute. Anyone that brings up facts and proves you wrong is a fanboy. To be young and naive.

Charal1114d ago (Edited 1114d ago )


Facts? What a joke.
You only talk about what make you believe to your own perception of the situation, like all the other trolls that use so called “fact” to backup any bs anytime they feel insecure.

Facts are that Xbox One sells 2 times less than 360, 3 times less than PS4, and that there is a massive and undeniable consensus that MS have the worst first party lineup of all the industry, keep promising to improve and never deliver.
Do you want to talk again about Halo Infinite and all the bullshit PR served by Spencer?

You are just not capable to see it.
Continue to enjoy your own delusion, please spare the effort to try to convince others to kiss Spencer ass as you seems to enjoy.

mcstorm1114d ago

@AngelicIceDiamond I'm not saying Microsoft are going to do the same but look at the 1st 3 years of of the ps3 and what exclusives it had compared to the 5 years after the 1st 3. It takes time to get them made and in place.

The proof will be in the next 3 years once eveything settles.

But if we are all honest we did not see to many amazing new ips and exclusive games from both Microsoft and Sony last gen. It felt half assed and same old same old but with less like 1 uc, kz, lbp, gt, gow to name a few. But then not many aaa new exclusives.

I feel both have a better job to do this time round and I am hoping they both do as last gen made me move to pc. This gen of console has me excited about the hardware but it's the games that are needed to pull me back in and do far not 1 is doing that.

This for me is where both need to improve.

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Krangs_Uncle1115d ago

They have a worse launch line up then they did with Mattrick and the Xbox One (much worse even). That's about it at the moment.

Zhipp1114d ago

Number of Xbox Studios at the launch of Xbox One: 8
Number of Xbox Studios now:23

Yeah, he's been doing stuff alright. Their messaging is way better now, too.

The_Sage1115d ago

People thought I was being outlandish when I said that Microsoft may be considering getting out of the console market. Turns out they were doing exactly that.

Masterchief_thegoat1115d ago

I will get the Xbox series x. when halo come out. Right now is Ps5 with Spiderman and demon soul

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Xbox CFO Discusses Opportunities with AI, how Microsoft Measures Its Success in Games, and More

Xbox CFO Tim Stuart discussed the application of AI gaming, the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Game Pass, and how Microsoft measures success in gaming.

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crazyCoconuts2d ago

"Stuart explains that Xbox's mission is to bring its first-party experiences and subscription services to every screen that can play a game.
That means smart TVs. That means mobile devices. That means what we would have thought as competitors in the past, like PlayStation and Nintendo."

phoenixwing2d ago (Edited 2d ago )

Third party train has arrived in the station. Ready to depart console business when next gen happens.

Basically microsoft is ditching xbox asap and going all in with gamepass

crazyCoconuts1d 19h ago

In the article I feel they de-emphasized GamePass as being their sole focus. Still interested in selling using traditional approach as well.

S2Killinit1d 19h ago (Edited 1d 19h ago )

Xbox fans are going to get what they kept cheering for despite other gamers raising the red flag and warning them at every turn.

**Although you really cannot believe anything MS says. Literally flipping every comment on its head has often been a good indication of the truth when it comes to MS.

Obscure_Observer1d 18h ago (Edited 1d 18h ago )

"Basically microsoft is ditching xbox asap and going all in with gamepass"

You delusional bunch never get tired and got yourselves disappointed.

We been hearing all this "Xbox is going to leave the console business and go full third party" bs since Xbox started to release its games on PC.

And yet, both Playstation and Epic are getting a total of zero Xbox first party games while a next gen Xbox console powered by hybrid technology leaked by FTC documents is already in development to be released in 2028. XD

So you people can be mad as you want, but those are the *facts*!

Quit the port begging already, because Playstation ain´t getting no games from Xbox in the foreseeable future. Period!

Do what you do

Lightning771d 10h ago

Lol you mean this Tim Stuart.


Where he alluded that Starfield and other Bethesda titles could arrive first or "better on Xbox" which ultimately never happened. He's a business strategist he doesn't have final say. He formulates business plans and strategies and suggestions. Phil has final say in these things. Games like Minecraft and certain Bethesda games Deathloop and Ghost Wire, COD and a few others will get support on PS and Nintendo of course. This is no sign or indication of third party for all its games I know you guys are twitching for it hard tho.

Because of fanboyism.

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Brazz1d 21h ago

This realy feels like Xbox is ready to become third party. Not necessarily kill Xbox consoles, but kill exclusivity.

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anast1d 22h ago

Xbox games are going to get even shi#$%&.

Obscure_Observer1d 18h ago

"Xbox games are going to get even shi#$%&."

Well, If true, then future Playstation games are also f*cked.

"AAA games have gone from taking teams of 50 people two years to make to now sometimes taking teams of hundreds of people more than ten years to make," Raymond said."

"At Haven, one way we are evolving to improve our production processes is through investing in R&D around generative AI and machine learning, in the belief these technologies will eventually help game developers reverse that trend, and unlock more creativity from developers and players alike."


anast1d 17h ago (Edited 1d 17h ago )

"Well, If true, then future Playstation games are also f*cked."

History has shown that PlayStation can offer some good quality entertainment along with jank. MS, however, does not have this reputation.

*Obscure: I know you mean well, but I don't click on links in forums.

Obscure_Observer1d 16h ago

"History has shown that PlayStation can offer some good quality entertainment along with jank. MS, however, does not have this reputation."

We´re talking about the *future* here, dude. Nothing is set in stone.

Until Phil Spencer take over, Xbox had only 5 first party studios, now Xbox has 39.

Until Ryan Playstation had 13 first party studios, now they have 19.

Oddly tables had turned and now Xbox first party mainly focus is single player and RPG games while Playstation main focus is GaaS and remasters.

Which one will be successful in its endeavors and vision, no one can tell.

anast1d 13h ago

"We´re talking about the *future* here, dude. Nothing is set in stone."

The only way we can predict the future is via observation and previous knowledge. Therefore, in this case it looks to be inevitable that MS Xbox gaming will continue to get worse.