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  • 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
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Monitoring Buying Habits, No Blanket Strategy For Microtransactions

    Microsoft Studios head Phil Spencer had some comments for those concerned about the microtransactions found in the Xbox One first party launch titles. While these titles all feature the option to buy in with real cash, the implementation is different in each. Speaking with Kotaku , Spencer suggests that... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Phil Spencer Talks About Gears Of War's Future

    The Gears of War series wrapped up on Xbox 360 earlier this year with the release of Gears of War: Judgment. We may not have seen the last of Epic's franchise, but Microsoft Game Studios VP Phil Spencer says there would be changes to future installments if he had his way. Spencer spoke about the... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Phil Spencer On Pre-Orders, The Cloud, And Indies

    Shortly after arriving in Seattle for PAX 2013, Game Informer took a trip to Microsoft's Redmond, Washington campus to meet with Microsoft Studios vice president Phil Spencer. During the hour-long conversation, we spoke about the state of Xbox One pre-orders, the real benefit of cloud computing,... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft To Reveal New Exclusive At Gamescom

    In official Xbox blogger Major Nelson's new podcast, Microsoft Studios' head Phil Spencer said that the company has some big news planned for its Gamescom presentation. In Major Nelson's podcast , Spencer said, "We're going to have a really short stage presentation with some news... More
  • Blog Post: Report: Mattrick's Xbox Exodus Spurred By Upcoming Reorganization

    Fast Company has published a profile of new Zynga CEO (and former Microsoft president of interactive entertainment) Don Mattrick. The piece is an interesting look at a man recently at the receiving end of gamer backlash , but more importantly hints at upcoming changes in Redmond. The piece speculates... More
  • Blog Post: CONFIRMED: Microsoft To Drop Used Game Restrictions, Online Requirements

    Update 2: This has appeared on the linked (and heavily trafficked) page on the Xbox website. The following statement comes from Microsoft's president of the interactive entertainment business Don Mattrick: Last week at E3, the excitement, creativity and future of our industry was on display for a... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Phil Spencer Discusses Xbox Policies, Pricing, And International Launches

    As day two of E3 2013 wound down, Game Informer had the chance to speak with Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer about the Xbox One. We started light, inquiring about the lack of Kinect titles available on the show floor. "There are definitely a lot of games like Ryse that are... More
  • Blog Post: Halo Anniversary Will Support Kinect

    Microsoft used its E3 presentation to push Kinect, showing support for the motion-sensing device in upcoming games such as Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and Fable: The Journey. Curiously, the company didn't bother announcing that the HD remake for one of the biggest Xbox games ever... More
  • Blog Post: Don't Expect HD Remakes From Microsoft Anytime Soon

    Sony received a lot of praise for the God of War Collection , enough for SCE’s Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida to exclaim that the company will be bringing more HD remakes to eager fans in the future. Will Microsoft jump on the bandwagon with HD collections of its classic franchises... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft: Natal Is A Risk Worth Taking

    For every person who shouts about how innovative Microsoft’s Project Natal is, it seems as though someone else is ready to dismiss the much-hyped device as a glorified Webcam. Sure, it might be fun to mess around with, but Microsoft is playing it safe by relying on what’s essentially retooled... More
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