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Is this Phil Spencer's final test for Microsoft? Is his job on the line?

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Could Phil Spencer's job be on the line?

Yes. 132 53.66%
 
No. 114 46.34%
 
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PS4 was doubling Xbox One sales until recently. It is now more like tripling XB1 sales worldwide now. No exciting exclusives lately. Halo Wars has bombed. Gears, Forza, and, even the mighty Halo are selling less than in the past. Rise of the Tomb Raider has already sold more on PS4 despite a years exclusivity on Xbox. Scale Bound was cancelled. Crackdown (with it's cloud power) has failed to release after years of hype. Freeing up Kinect was supposed to boost game performance, but PS4 still usually has the better versions. That's not all.

Phil has made some terrible decisions in my opinion. He let go of the Call of Duty deals. He has failed to secure many other exclusive deals for Xbox. He has made most of the few big Xbox games available for PC. Exclusives still matter. Phil doesn't seem to get that. Also, he seems to fail to recognise that ppl still want single player games too. I prefer single player games with deep stories myself. 

Also, there are little Japanese games (my favorite) on XB1. Phil took a trip to Japan recently. Maybe he is just realizing his mistakes. I hope his trip made a difference. Hopefully there will be many more Japanese games coming to Xbox. 

With all of these mistakes and poor decisions, I think Phil Spencer may be looking for a new job if things don't change soon. With the Nintendo Switch, XB1 is now running 3rd place weekly. Crackdown and Sea of Thieves won't be near enough. Phil still has a chance however!

His ultimate weapon, Project Scorpio, is coming soon. It will be the most powerful gaming console in history. It is a whopper! It even makes the PS4 Pro look a little weak. However, the extra power is not enough alone. Here is what I think he should do: 

1. Stop with the PC crap. If someone is going to pay high dollar for Scorpio, you might as well invest in a PC instead if the games are coming to PC too. Make the Scorpio games exclusive, or at least 6 month timed exclusive. I mean Xbox exc!usive, not just Scorpio. That brings me to my second point.

2. Have Scorpio games be compatible with XB1 for one year so that XB1 owners will get five full years of support. Then go to Scorpio games only, because it is powerful enough to be next generation. Staying XB1 compatible will hold it's potential back... and sales. 

3. Do not price Scorpio higher than $450. Even if it means short term loss, it will get the system out there. Remember guys, PS4 Pro could be cut to $350 with Horizon packed in. 

4. Get more games out! This E3 had better be full of new game announcements. 

5. Get aggressive again. Get Call of Duty back in 2018 for a start. It's a sales console war. Start acting like it Phil. He seems to be a nice guy, but nice won't win the console war. 



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Its hard to judge right now. because if he beefed up first party it could take a while to see the fruits. games just don't pop out the ass



He seems to be letting rare do its thing and he gave us halo wars 2



Killer Instinct was awesome too, so he know hardcore fans need games. I think he has plans for fable



craighopkins said:
Its hard to judge right now. because if he beefed up first party it could take a while to see the fruits. games just don't pop out the ass

Scorpio wasn't invented yesterday. Neither are the games being developed for it. He should have at least 5 major games ready for it at launch.



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Xbox still makes money. He has done a phenomenal job cleaning up the mess of Mattrick. I don't think he is on any tight rope of any sort.



getting rid of Kinect and coming out with scorpio is the best thing he has done. And Killer instinct. Now we need fable and a good Halo



LudicrousSpeed said:
Xbox still makes money. He has done a phenomenal job cleaning up the mess of Mattrick. I don't think he is on any tight rope of any sort.

This. What people forget is xbox one isn't doing as well as it could because Mattrick screwed a lot of things up at the very beginning.



craighopkins said:
Killer Instinct was awesome too, so he know hardcore fans need games. I think he has plans for fable

Killer Instinct was before Phil took over, I believe. If you read my post, you'd know I mentioned Halo Wars, but it has failed to sell well.



craighopkins said:

getting rid of Kinect and coming out with scorpio is the best thing he has done. And Killer instinct. Now we need fable and a good Halo

I liked Halo 5 (sp story was meh, but the mp was better than the previous Halo games). What Phil needs to do is keep investing into service based games, because that is the future.