On the hardware side of things, Microsoft has been making waves with the Xbox One X, offering 4K content powered by the new most powerful console. On the software side of things, however, Xbox could use some help.
In an interview with VentureBeat, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said that he was aware of how the lack of content for Xbox had become a “meme.” He also said that he’ll be working with the new corporate vice president of Microsoft Game Studios, Matt Booty, to think “about our future content and how that growth happens in a thoughtful way, a way that delivers for [Xbox] fans.”
I’m not deaf to the meme out there regarding our content and our need to invest more. Definitely, we are at a point where we’re investing more and we’ll continue to do that. When I look at Matt and his responsibility with his team, it’s about charting our future in first-party content. I feel like with each one of the leaders we have, there’s an existing plan, and I feel good about that plan, but we know that the plan all-up for studios is expanding. Having Matt’s leadership there in navigating the expansion, what bets we make, the teams we bet on, the teams we create, is going to be critical.
Some of it is with the existing leaders we have there, and there are always opportunities to do more with the teams we have. But also, as we expand, having a leader in place so new investments can be driven and land in the strategy we have is going to be critical for me. That’s really where I look at Matt’s focus: both the existing franchises, and equally, if not a little more, thinking about our future content and how that growth happens in a thoughtful way, a way that delivers for our fans.
You can read the full (lengthy) interview here.
It’s going to be interesting to see where Phil Spencer and Matt Booty evolve the Xbox platform in 2018. Will we hear about more big games in development? I certainly hope so!