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New Head of Xbox says Xbox One's entertainment features are important, but they "can't come at a cost for what we do for the core gamer."

Microsoft today promoted longtime Xbox boss Phil Spencer to the new role of "Head of Xbox" and in one of his first media interviews, he's addressed one critical concern some users have expressed since launch. Speaking with Kotaku, Spencer said the Xbox One's entertainment applications are important, but appealing to the core gamer is really what he's after.

"Xbox One is our most important gaming asset to date. [We want to] make sure we're completely focused on that gaming customer, that core gaming fan," Spencer said. "Making sure of that, that's what I'm going to bring to this position is a focus on gaming for Xbox One. The entertainment features that we have on Xbox One are important, but those can't come at a cost for what we do for the core gamer."

Spencer did not offer any specifics regarding the ways in which Microsoft will court the core gamer with the Xbox One going forward. But he did tease that Microsoft's presentation at E3 2014 this summer will be one gamers won't want to miss. "I'm looking at the E3 line-up and it's incredibly strong both with sequels and new IP, unannounced things," he said.

 

From day-one, Microsoft has positioned the Xbox One as an "all-in-one" device that can play movies, music, games, and even live TV programming. Meanwhile, Sony's messaging for the PlayStation 4 has been all about putting the gamer's interests first. Microsoft even reportedly paid $400 million for its extensive partnership with the NFL, something core gamers might have wished was spent on efforts more in line with their immediate interests.

Also in the interview with Kotaku, Spencer acknowledged that Microsoft maybe has not done enough in the PC gaming space.

"The PC, obviously, is a top priority for us as a company," Spencer said. "Gaming on PC is incredibly strong, but we as a platform company can do a better job in that ecosystem and those are conversations [Microsoft operating systems executive Terry Myerson] and I are having almost daily about that focus."

This week, Halo: Spartan Assault will launch on PC via Steam, marking the acclaimed franchise's debut on Valve's marketplace. However, Microsoft has no further Halo releases planned for Steam.

Finally, Spencer said he plans to stay active on Twitter. You can tweet at him @XboxP3.

http://www.gamespot.com/articles/new-xbox-one-boss-pledges-to-support-core-gamers/1100-6418674/



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I wish the head of Nintendo would do this pledge.


Great things are comng to X1!

I will believe it when I see it

       

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"pledges to support core gamers" SWEET! Does that mean I can crash on his couch and play all the latest and greatest games before they are released????!??!?!

Talal said:
I will permaban myself if the game releases in 2014.

in reference to KH3 release date

I want some action not a bunch of promises!

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fatslob-:O said:
I want some action not a bunch of promises!


E3 is just around the corner.

Patience!



Carl2291 said:
fatslob-:O said:
I want some action not a bunch of promises!


E3 is just around the corner.

Patience!

You have a point.



This E3 is going to be fantastic.

MS is sounding better and better with each passing day.

I know "sounding" isn't exactly the biggest compliment, but at least this is leaps and bounds beyond the "If you don't have an internet connection, then play the 360" kind of outlook they had on going a year ago.

Alright Phil, I'll buy your hype. Now deliver on it.

 

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UltimateUnknown said:
MS is sounding better and better with each passing day.

I know "sounding" isn't exactly the biggest compliment, but at least this is leaps and bounds beyond the "If you don't have an internet connection, then play the 360" kind of outlook they had on going a year ago.

Alright Phil, I'll buy your hype. Now deliver on it.


Yep. What a massive turn around from Mattrick. Makes the man look like just a suit who had no intrest in the core gamer whatsoever.

To think I once had him in my avatar! For shame!