Phil Spencer’s appointment as head of the Xbox division has changed a lot of things at Microsoft, and one of those factors is the company’s priorities as Spencer himself mentioned during an interview on Engadget.
Spencer was asked about media-related features like 3D Blu-ray and true surround sound, but he was quick to mention that those aren’t a priority compared to games.
No piece of technology or work does not come without cost to something else that we’re doing. We want first and foremost be the best place to play games. We did the work in June about the GPU reserve as an example, which developers are picking up. I’m kind of focusing on that work, prioritizing work like that before we get to some of the other kind of non-gaming features of the platform, just because I want to make sure we have the best place for people to play.
Note: the GPU reserve was that portion of the GPU chip’s power previously reserved for Kinect, and that now can be freely used by developers.
I honestly couldn’t have said it better myself. We can definitely do without things like 3D Blu-ray, as Microsoft toils to improve the gaming experience on the console. It’s good to see that Spencer has his priorities straight and the true goal well set in his sights.
I’m quite sure it’s fair to say that he’s the best thing that happened to Xbox for quite a while.