Xbox Boss: “Never Been More Committed” than to Make Xbox One a Success: Hints to Changes to Plans

on April 6, 2014 10:20 AM

The new head of Microsoft’s Xbox Division Phil Spencer has just been appointed a few days ago, but he’s already preparing to pull his weight, as he mentioned today on Twitter.

Thanks, never been more committed to anything in my work than to making XB1 successful.

Spencer also mentioned that the development teams are “cranking” to make the upcoming E3 show one to remember:

Thanks. Teams are cranking to make the show great.

Even more interestingly, a fan asked him “now that you’re boss, we can start blaming you for Gold 2 play and apps behind the xbox live gold paywall right? sorry Phil.” Spencer’s answer was intriguing, as he hints at possible “changes to plans” to be put in place soon.

Yep, blame away. I’ll get my changes to plans in place soon but in the meantime pile on.

In today’s world show would last about 10 minutes. Not saying everyone will love everything but we have plans.

Considering that the question was specifically about what’s behind the Xbox Live Gold paywall, maybe we can expect some changes on that front.

Speaking of changes, another user also asked for a Skype update that would allow the app to turn off Kinect when answering a call and then turn it off after hanging up. Spencer’s answer was quite positive:

Good request, we’ve heard this one. On the list.

Finally, he mentioned that there are plans to bring more “family friendly” exclusives to Xbox One:

Yes. One of the reasons I wanted Powerstar, Max, Peggle, etc. We also need more couch co-op games that families can enjoy.

It’s definitely interesting to see that Phil Spencer hit the ground running. Considering his attitude, it’s hard not to have high expectations about his influence on Xbox One and on the Xbox brand.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.