Items tagged with phil spencer

One rumor that's persisted for several years—at least a half a decade, at this point—is that Microsoft will completely abandon physical discs for its Xbox game consoles. It hasn't happened, though with Microsoft confirming that it plans to keep releasing newer generation Xbox consoles into the future, the question has... Read more...
Xbox CEO Phil Spencer got to talk about the future of Xbox in a wide-ranging interview with The Verge. The discussion included Xbox titles making their way to Sony’s PlayStation 5 console, the future of Xbox Cloud Gaming on iOS, and the possibility of an Xbox handheld. The interview comes on the heels of a turbulent... Read more...
Blizzard President Mike Ybarra says that gamers lack patience and have unrealistic expections when it comes to new content. However, while Ybarra says he is unsure how things will change for the company following Microsoft's acquisition, he is confident that it is the start of a "new era' for Blizzard. In a new... Read more...
Bethesda's Starfield is a huge hit, according to Head of Xbox Phil Spencer, as he reports the game has reached the incredible milestone of 1 million concurrent players across all platforms. The news comes after Starfield officially launched on both Xbox and PC on September 6, 2023. While Starfield met some... Read more...
Can you believe we're approaching the third anniversary of the release of the Xbox Series X? (That's also the 10th anniversary of the release of the Xbox One, by the by.) Given that three years was the same gap between the release of the PlayStation 4 and its "Pro" derivative, some people have started to wonder if... Read more...
The Elder Scrolls series started out quite different from how it's known these days. The early Elder Scrolls games, Arena and Daggerfall, were technically-impressive and mechanically-complex games strictly for adults, with mature content and difficult systems everywhere. They released on a fairly-exclusive platform at... Read more...
It's fair to say that the release of Redfall, one of the most anticipated game launches of the year so far, does not represent Microsoft's finest hour. It's also fair to question why Microsoft would allow a high-profile game to ship in such a buggy state rather than delay the launch, especially with so much effort and... Read more...
Phil Spencer opened up about a disappointing 2022, recent layoffs, the future of Halo, and more in a recent interview. The Xbox CEO admitted the company fell short in terms of steadily releasing "great games" to its players last year. Microsoft has been under the gun in recent months for a number of reasons. One of... Read more...
Xbox CEO Phil Spencer insists that the Activision Blizzard acquisition is more about Candy Crush than Call of Duty (COD). The $68.7 billion deal still faces an "in-depth" investigation by the European Commission before it can be finalized. When Microsoft announced its desire to purchase Activision Blizzard, some... Read more...
The console war goes far beyond just the gamers who hold their beloved choice of hardware dear to their hearts. Two top executives from PlayStation and Xbox are currently going head-to-head over the long-term availability of the fan favorite Call of Duty franchise, as the recent offer from Xbox is being called... Read more...
In a recent "Bloomberg Studio 1.0" show Emily Chang interviewed Microsoft Gaming/Xbox CEO Phil Spencer. The interview covered a wide range of topics ranging from work culture at Microsoft, the future of gaming, Microsoft's acquisition of Activision-Blizzard, the metaverse, the cloud, and the use of crypto and NFTs in... Read more...
There are plenty of opinions to go around on Microsoft's deal to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion, but I'll say this—if Microsoft goes on to reboot franchises like King's Quest and other classics, I'll be ecstatic. It may very well happen, too. Xbox boss Phil Spencer alluded to the possibility when... Read more...
There's no love lost between Sony and Microsoft on the console front. The companies are fierce competitors, and things are heating up now that the Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 have been battling it out on the market for the past six months. One point of friction between the two comes concerning games and how... Read more...
Have you tried buying a next-generation game console? If so, you might have a hole in your wall, from where you punched it out of frustration. The Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and both PlayStation 5 consoles have been almost impossible to buy, thanks to a combination of factors—high demand, not enough supply, bots... Read more...
Some of you reading this probably tried, in vain, to order a GeForce RTX 3070 this morning, only to be met with error messages, slow loading sites, and ultimately disappointment. Not that anyone should be surprised—it was always going to be that way, given the excellent bang-for-buck proposition, and how the previous... Read more...
At this point, Microsoft is looking to deliver the Xbox gaming experiences on as many platforms as possible. In addition to cross-platform games that work across Xbox One and upcoming Xbox Series S/X consoles, you can play many Xbox games on the PC. And with xCloud now becoming part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you can... Read more...
Pending any major hiccups along the way, we're roughly 6 months away from the global launch of the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5. Given that's it's been nearly 7 years since the last generation of consoles launched (Xbox One, PlayStation 4), there will likely be incredible demand for the new gaming duo. In... Read more...
This is a big year in the gaming console segment—Sony is set to release its PlayStation 5 in the holiday season (November or December), and around the same time, Microsoft will launch its Xbox Series X. Rumor has it the PS5 will debut at $399, or thereabouts. What about the Xbox Series X? Nothing has been announced... Read more...
Back in November, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said had "some issues with VR," and also claimed "nobody's asking for VR." His comments were in justification of skipping the feature on the next Xbox console, which we now know is the Xbox Series X, due out at the end of this year. Spencer has not changed his position since... Read more...
Microsoft recently published a preview video of the Xbox Series X’s design. The upcoming console design has garnered both praise, concern, and confusion. Microsoft's next-gen game console appears to be rather large and bears many similarities to a PC. One critic included Gearbox executive Randy Pitchford, who took to... Read more...
Last night, Microsoft surprised us all by spilling many details on its next-generation Xbox Series X roughly a year before it will even be released. The Xbox Series X has a tower form-factor, is powered by an AMD Zen 2 CPU paired with an RDNA GPU, and features GDDR6 memory along with an ultra-fast NVMe SSD for... Read more...
Earlier this week, Xbox chief Phil Spencer ruffled a few feathers in the gaming world when he spoke his mind on the state of virtual reality (VR) for consoles. Spencer at the time lamented problems that he saw with VR technology, and stated his reasoning for not pursuing the technology with Microsoft's upcoming Xbox... Read more...
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