Xbox's Phil Spencer Talks About Microsoft's E3, "Special" Announcements and Community Involvement

By Giuseppe Nelva

May 28, 2014

The new head of Microsoft’s Xbox Division Phil Spencer has been a busy bee lately. Not only he’s working on wooing us at E3, but he basically picked up a sort of community manager secondary role, pretty much like his colleague beyond the iron curtain Shuhei Yoshida.

Today he took a bit of time to talk about his hopes and what we can expect for E3 on Twitter:

E3 is a great time for our industry, hopefully it brings out the best in what’s great about our industry.

He also responded to an user saying that he was “hearing” from “the media” that Microsoft’s own studios would show almost only Kinect games:

2 weeks and we’ll be able to discuss what we showed. Did an end to end run through of the briefing today, I like the show.

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Spencer also mentioned that he can’t yet talk about the announcement he’s most excited for, but there are a couple that will be “special” for him. Will we see tears on stage?

Yea, I really can’t answer this one. There are a couple announces that will be special for me, I think you’ll be able to tell.

We can also expect to hear something “soon” about the ability to watch the conference on Xbox One.

You should hear something from us on this soon.

His involvement with the community also includes taking suggestions, and he encouraged users to keep sending feedback on older franchises to bring back using the hashtag #bringbackOGxboxgames, also mentioning that he loves to see the mock ups made for Xbox systems and UIs made by the community:

Yes, keep the hashtag going #bringbackOGxboxgames, and submit you ideas.

Good ideas. I really like that fans/sites spend time to mock up designs #XBOXCommunity

As an added bonus, Spencer mentioned that he’s working on improving load times for friend invitations on Xbox One, which are indeed a tad too long.

Faster load times is one I’m on. And we keep making progress on parties, more work to do.

One thing is for sure: Phil Spencer is doing a great job in leading us up to E3. After the gloom following last year’s, it’s hard not to see that the wind has changed for Xbox fans, and at least part of that is definitely attributable to Spencer’s tireless effort in honestly facing and addressing the mistakes made at the outset of the generation.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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.

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