There’s a new Sheriff in Xbox town, folks, as Microsoft has announced that Phil Spencer will be leading the charge as the new head of the Xbox division. The former VP of Microsoft Studios will now oversee all things Xbox, Xbox Live, and Microsoft Studios related.
“In this new job, Phil will lead the Xbox, Xbox Live, Xbox Music and Xbox Video teams, and Microsoft Studios,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stated in a company email. “Combining all our software, gaming and content assets across the Xbox team under a single leader and aligning with the OSG team will help 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 will be acquiring the duties left by former Xbox Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten, who exited the company earlier in March for a gig with wireless audio company Sonos. Given that Spencer has always appealed to the core gaming crowd, I’d say this move should bode exceptionally well for the Xbox brand, especially after a tough summer of ill-received messaging.
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