Under the leadership of newly appointed Head of Xbox Phil Spencer, Microsoft plans to shift their approach to a “gaming first” philosophy when it comes to Xbox One, Xbox Live, Xbox Music, Xbox Video and Microsoft Studios.
“With me you’re going to get a focus on gaming first and a best platform to play games on,” Spencer told Polygon in a recent interview. The ex-Head of Microsoft studios says “It’s not a focus we ever lost but it’s one I’ll be accentuating at Microsoft. It’s really going to be a gaming-led focus with Xbox and my new role allows us to execute on that.”
Those soothing words fall welcomingly on the ears of gamers concerned with the now four-month-old console’s seemingly more entertainment-heavy approach both pre- and post-launch.
With this reignited incentive, Spencer hopes to create “a tight feedback loop” between gamers, members of the Xbox Team, and developers.
“I see the conversation focusing more on the games: what new IP we are investing in, what’s going on in Japan, what are we doing with Halo,” he said. “It’s my job to make sure the best content shows up there… maybe a mix of things we’re bringing back from the past, like Killer Instinct, which was very successful, as well as new IPs, likeQuantum Break, Sunset Overdrive and other things we haven’t announced yet.
“As the conversation with the customers today centers around the content that we have, that’s the majority of my focus. And we’re talking to developers about the next thing they want to be doing on Xbox.”
When it comes to Microsoft and this year’s E3 convention only a couple months off, Spencer says anxious fans can look forward to “the best lineup of content in a long time.”
“We’re early on in the console generation, and obviously Sony’s having a great launch,” he added. “Console gaming is doing incredibly well right now. Six months ago, everybody wondered if console gaming was dead… but this is a long, multi-year generation and my fundamental belief is that great games create the best platforms.”