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  • Blog Post: Phil Spencer: ‘I’ll Work On Making Amends For Street Fighter’

    At Gamescom this year, Microsoft fired a shot in the console war with the announcement that Rise of the Tomb Raider will be a timed Xbox exclusive . Last week, Sony fired back with its own third-party deal. We reported ( and then were able to confirm ) that Street Fighter V will be exclusive to PlayStation... More
  • Blog Post: Halo: The Master Chief Collection Matchmaking Patch Delayed

    343 Industries has delayed the Halo: The Master Chief Collection patch intended to further improve matchmaking. The game has been suffering from significant problems with its online component, resulting in 343 scaling back the playlists to funnel players into more populated areas. The patch has been... More
  • Blog Post: Xbox’s Phil Spencer Explains Why Screenshots Aren’t Coming Until 2015

    The good news is that the oft-requested screenshot feature is still coming to the Xbox One. The bad news is that you won’t be snapping and sharing over the holidays. Speaking with IGN , Spencer said that the December update is likely to be a bit more streamlined in comparison to recent months.... More
  • Blog Post: Themes And Screenshots Coming To Xbox One, Says Xbox Boss Phil Spencer

    If you’ve been hoping to spruce up your Xbox One dashboard, Phil Spencer says that your wait will eventually come to a close. Themes, a staple of the Xbox 360 since early in that system’s life, will be making the jump to Xbox One. Spencer made an appearance on The Inner Circle podcast to... More
  • Blog Post: Report: Xbox Entertainment Studios May Yet Continue

    Despite last month's news of Phil Spencer shutting down Xbox Entertainment Studios, a new report suggests that the property isn't necessarily dead yet. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Xbox Entertainment Studios may find life under the wing of Warner Bros. The Reporter states that the Xbox... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Details Future Xbox One Dashboard Updates, Including Media Server Support

    Microsoft is continuing its plan for monthly Xbox One updates, with a couple of big things coming before the end of the year. The headliner for those of us in the United States is the long awaited support for DLNA media players. This means you'll be able to stream content from Windows 7 and Windows... More
  • Blog Post: Don't Count On More Phantom Dust Information Until E3 2015

    Earlier today, I had the chance to speak with head of Xbox Phil Spencer about Xbox One, Tomb Raider exclusivity, and the future of the gaming industry. Before we parted though, I had one more question. "When do we get to see more Phantom Dust?" Spencer tells us that he and the team haven't... More
  • Blog Post: 'I Want To Win This Generation,' Says Xbox Boss Phil Spencer

    Earlier today, Microsoft dropped a huge bomb at its Gamescom press briefing. The company has locked up exclusivity for Rise of the Tomb Raider , and we had the oportunity to ask Xbox boss Phil Spencer more about the deal, how things are changing at Xbox, anticipated features, and what it means to be... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Microsoft Will Close Xbox Entertainment Studios

    Update #3: After telling us that it wouldn't be commenting on Quantum Break and a possible connection with the Xbox Entertainment Studios closure, the company has apparently changed its mind. Speaking with Polygon , Microsoft says that the development of Quantum Break is "not impacted"... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Still Considering Xbox One Game Sharing

    When Microsoft reversed its stance on mandatory daily check-ins for the Xbox One a week after E3 2013, it was heralded by most of the community as the right move. Unfortunately, one of the most appealing features of the plan was the ability to share games with family members. According to a new report... More
  • Blog Post: Xbox One Devkits Get More GPU Power In Latest Update

    Update: Microsoft has provided additional information about the new resources for developers. You can read more in a follow-up story . Original Story: Microsoft’s head of Xbox Phil Spencer has shared some news about what the latest Xbox One update means for developers. We brought up the possibility... More
  • Blog Post: Get To Know The New Head Of Xbox

    Last week Microsoft announced that its game studio head Phil Spencer was given the keys to the entire Xbox division. Today they released a video so fans could get to know the new captain of the ship. In this casual interview with Xbox spokesman Major Nelson, Spencer (who is a 26-year veteran at Microsoft... More
  • Blog Post: Head Of Xbox Phil Spencer Says Xbox Is ‘A Core Product In Microsoft’s Long-Term Vision’

    In a brief interview with Microsoft’s Larry Hryb, newly appointed Head of Xbox Phil Spencer spoke more about his new role. Many of Spencer’s comments reiterate points from our recent interview , but he spoke more broadly on the importance of fans and Xbox’s place in the broader Microsoft... More
  • Blog Post: Phil Spencer: 'We Need To Win With The Gamers'

    Following his appointment as the new head of Xbox , we had a few minutes to speak with Microsoft’s Phil Spencer. During our conversation, Spencer kept returning to a theme of “games first,” marking a chance from how Microsoft has positioned the Xbox One since its reveal in May 2013... More
  • Blog Post: Phil Spencer To Lead Xbox At Microsoft

    Microsoft has announced that Phil Spencer is the new head of Xbox teams. Spencer, who was most recently Microsoft Studios vice president, will lead a combined Xbox, Xbox Live, and Microsoft Studios team. This puts Spencer at the head of all things Xbox, including Microsoft’s media efforts in music... More
  • Blog Post: Phil Spencer Talks About Indies, Games, And More At GDC Fireside Chat

    Corporate vice president of Microsoft Game Studios Phil Spencer participated in the annual GDC fireside chat at this year's conference. Marc Whitten was originally slated for the event, but he was replaced after announcing earlier this week that he was leaving Microsoft. Spencer was joined by the... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Spencer Questions Fanboy Culture, Praises Sony

    During a panel at SXSW, Microsoft vice president Phil Spencer questioned the harsh rivalries that exist between proponents of consoles. The panel was moderated by Spike TV's Geoff Keighley and was a wide-ranging discussion, touching on many subjects relevant to Microsoft's Xbox One strategy.... More
  • Blog Post: Games With Gold Is ‘Fundamentally Different’ Than Comparable Services, Says Microsoft’s Phil Spencer

    Speaking at SXSW this weekend, vice president of Microsoft Studios Phil Spencer addressed some of the criticisms surrounding the company’s Games with Gold program. Through the initiative, which began in June 2013, Microsoft gives away two games per month to Xbox Live Gold subscribers. “The... More
  • Blog Post: Two Of The First ID@Xbox Games Revealed

    At Gamescom 2013, Microsoft revealed its plans for self-publishing on Xbox One. The ID@Xbox program , led by Chris Charla ( video interview here ), is intended to be the gateway for small studios to reach an audience on Microsoft’s new platform. Late last night, Microsoft Studios vice president... More
  • Blog Post: Cliff Bleszinski Will Not Be Working On Next Gears Game

    Since this morning’s announcement that the Gears of War franchise and series producer Rod Fergusson are both now with Microsoft , many have wondered whether former Epic design director Cliff Bleszinski would be lured back to the series. In a new blog post, Bleszinski puts the conversation to rest... More
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