Phil Spencer Named Head of Xbox

Phil Spencer is taking over all things Xbox.

The news was revealed earlier today by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in a letter to employees addressing upcoming changes to the company. Spencer himself followed up with his announcement on the official Xbox website.

Spencer’s appointment and the combination of Xbox-centric teams under one leader is a move that Nadella hopes will “ensure we continue to do great work across the Xbox business, and bring more of the magic of Xbox to all form factors, including tablets, PCs and phones.” Spencer himself, in a separate statement, said that he’s “honored” to be taking charge of the various Xbox teams.

“I will now be leading the Xbox, Xbox Live, and creative teams including Xbox Music, Xbox Video and Microsoft Studios as we deliver the next generation of games and entertainment,” said Spencer. “Combining these teams will strengthen the connection between some of the world’s most innovative creators and those building the Xbox itself… It’s been a remarkable year for Xbox and I am honored to lead the team at this incredible time for Microsoft and the games industry.”

Spencer would go on to describe the past year as “a growth experience” both for himself and the “entire Xbox team” and stated that its mission going forward will be to “work hard to meet the high expectations of a passionate fan base, create the best games and entertainment and drive technical innovation.” Prior to his new appointment Spencer served as the head of Microsoft Studios and has been with the company for 25 years.

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2 Comments on Phil Spencer Named Head of Xbox


On March 31, 2014 at 2:38 pm

PC doesn’t need “The Magic of Xbox”, it really needs to have its own people at Microsoft working specifically on it, preferably without terrible third party software (case in point: Games for Windows Live)


On March 31, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Well they’ve already decided to close up GFWL and screw over anyone who still plays games which uses it. Unless you’re able to find some .dll from the internet to make it so you don’t need GFWL, such secure options Micro$oft gives us…

SteamOS seems like it’ll be the future for PC gamers.