The former VP of Microsoft studios, Phil Spencer, has now stepped into the shoes of the head of the company's Xbox division. Spencer made the announcement this morning, on Xbox.com, that he will now be leading the Xbox, Xbox LIVE, and their creative teams including Xbox Music, Xbox Video, and Microsoft Studios.
In the announcement, he shared that combining these teams will assist Xbox in strengthening the connection between the creators and those who build the systems to bring the games and entertainment "to life across console, PC, tablet, and mobile devices."
He shared his excitement for his new title stating:
Xbox is an example of Microsoft identifying a new opportunity, going big after a consumer need and staying committed. From the early days of building the original Xbox, to core technology bets like incorporating the Internet in every box, Microsoft has enabled developers and creators of all sizes - from ID@Xbox to the biggest publishing and entertainment partners – with innovative technology and tools and, most importantly, a connection to the world’s best community of gamers.
The growth of the Xbox community, with over 80 million Xbox owners around the world, is built on the foundation of exclusive franchises, new and original IP and the world’s most popular cross-platform games. Games and gamers have always been at the core of Xbox and the core of my work—and gaming will be our core as we take Xbox forward.
This past year has been a growth experience both for me and for the entire Xbox team. We’ve taken feedback, made our products better and renewed our focus on what is most important, our customer. Our mission is to build a world-class team, work hard to meet the high expectations of a passionate fan base, create the best games and entertainment and drive technical innovation. As we continue forward, this renewed focus and mission will be a foundational part of how I lead the Xbox program.
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