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“We hear the feedback,” says Phil Spencer regarding Redfall and Starfield delays

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. The CEO says the company will “work to better meet” expectations. Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer understands the frustration fans must feel over the delay of both Redfall and Starfield, and took to Twitter to comment on the postponements. Yesterday, Bethesda announced it had pushed both Starfield and Redfall into the first half of 2023 in order to make them the “best, most polished” titles they can be. Response from those looking forward to the games ranged from understanding to…

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Despite supply issues, Xbox Series X/S is Microsoft’s best-selling hardware generation to date

Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox Series X/S is its best generation to date in terms of sales , despite on-going issues with availability and stock. The scarcity and hard-to-get-hold-of nature of the Xbox Series X/S and PS5 has become something of a meme over the past year plus. The new generation of hardware makes lofty promises to consumers, but most are having a very simple problem: they just can’t get hold of the damn machines. That isn’t impacting the sales of the hardware that is available, though. In a new interview with the New York Times, Microsoft has confirmed…

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The Biggest Gaming Disappointments Of 2021

Hell-year 2021 is almost over. It’s been a terrible year for more reasons than I can count. Pondering all the bad, disappointing, or just plain sad news that transpired within the video game industry alone is enough to make you want to jump into bed, hide under the covers, and binge on TikTok, candy, and/or Animal Crossing until you pass out. But instead of running and hiding, let’s take a moment to look back at just how awful 2021 really was, examining some of the biggest disappointments, worst trends, and just plain not-great news this monster of a year threw…

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Xbox boss Phil Spencer is a big proponent of legal game emulation

Spencer hopes the industry starts using emulation to help preserve games. Xbox boss Phil Spencer believes older games should be preserved and feels that “legal emulation” is something the industry needs to get behind. Speaking with Axios, Spencer said that similar to movies, television, and music, the preservation of older games needs to be a priority with the industry. “My hope (and I think I have to present it that way as of now) is as an industry we’d work on legal emulation that allowed modern hardware to run any (within reason) older executable allowing someone to play any game,”…

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Xbox evaluating its relationship with Activision Blizzard following Kotick report

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Xbox leadership looks to be doing more than just condemning Activision Blizzard’s ongoing disaster. Xbox leadership has reacted internally to Activision Blizzard’s ongoing problems with sexual harassment, discrimination and the publisher’s response in particular to recent revelations about CEO Bobby Kotick. Kotick was the subject of a major Wall Street Journal expose, which claimed the longtime CEO was well aware of the allegations against abusers in his company, has himself been implicated, and reportedly interfered with an internal investigation to…

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Don’t Let Halo Infinite Make You Forget About The Great New Game Pass Additions

It’s hard to believe, I know, but there are other games coming to Xbox that don’t start with Halo and end with Infinite. Over the next two weeks, Microsoft will add 10 more games to Xbox Game Pass. Here’s what’s struck me: I’ve been watching these rollouts like a hawk for several years. For the first time I can recall, every forthcoming addition will be available via Xbox Cloud Gaming: November 16November 17November 18November 23November 30The platform’s push into cloud gaming has been clear for some time, with Xbox head Phil Spencer working overtime recently to create buzz. Yesterday, an…

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Xbox’s Phil Spencer still sees a future for story-driven games

By Jeremy Signor 13 July 2021 13:12 GMT Risky projects like narrative-focused games are not being left behind in Xbox’s strategy.It’s no secret that live service games are the big money makers right now, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for more traditional story-driven games, according to Microsoft’s Phil Spencer. In a recent interview with The Guardian, the head of Xbox laid out how narrative single-player games are part of the platform’s strategy going forward.Watch on YouTube“I think we’re probably building more of those now than we’ve been in the history of Xbox,” Spencer told The Guardian, emphasising…

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E3 2021’s Prettiest Game Might Be This ’80s-Inspired Platformer

It’s called E3 2021 not because 2021 is the year most calendars are set to but because video game publishers have released approximately 2,021 trailers over the past 72 hours. Given the sheer number of short clips, some show-stealers naturally fall through the cracks. One of the coolest in recent days—provided you haven’t caught it yet—was a brief spot for Replaced, which popped up yesterday during Microsoft’s Xbox digital showcase. First, the music. I’ve tried Shazam. I’ve tried the little microphone in “OK Google.” I’ve tried asking reps from Coatsink, the game’s publisher. (They have not yet responded.) Please, if…

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Xbox head Phil Spencer takes shot at Sony’s PC strategy

Phil Spencer has, in a rare occurrence, compared Xbox’s strategy with that of Sony’s.Xbox has significantly changed its approach to platform and content over the course of a few short years. Under Phil Spencer‘s leadership, Xbox went from losing to Sony’s PlayStation, to changing the game completely that this comparison no longer matters.Watch on YouTubeThis was, of course, chiefly achieved by bringing Xbox games to PC day-and-date with console, and expanding the reach of the Xbox platform to the cloud, which opens up the ecosystem to millions of players who wouldn’t, or couldn’t own an Xbox console.At a pre-E3 briefing…

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Xbox Series X/S supply shortages expected to continue until April 2021, says Microsoft

Microsoft has acknowledged hardware shortages for the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X may last until well into 2021.Keen gamers around the world have struggled to get their hands on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles since launch, and it looks like things aren’t going to get any easier for eager consumers any time soon.During last week’s Jefferies Interactive Entertainment Conference (transcribed by Seeking Alpha), Microsoft’s chief financial officer Tim Stuart acknowledged the supply/demand disparity with the new hardware and suggested it’s going to last a while longer yet.“I think we’ll continue to see supply shortages as we…

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Despite impressive Xbox Series X launch, Microsoft won’t go back to revealing unit sales

Xbox still won’t report sales figures for Series X and Series S.With the launch of the Xbox Series X/S, it appears that Microsoft’s long-held policy of not disclosing sales numbers for the Xbox brand will hold.Console makers used to boast about their sales numbers wherever they could. Even as early as the last generation, both Microsoft and Sony reported their figures… well, until they didn’t. Or more specifically, Microsoft stopped.It doesn’t look like that stance is going to change either. With the start of a new console generation, there was a question about whether sales figures would come back. Xbox…

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“I’d like to see more single-player games from our first-party,” says Xbox chief

Phil Spencer is aware that Microsoft’s first-party output has leaned hard into multiplayer over the years.Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, has a very reasonable approach to Game Pass, and a realistic outlook of the output of his platform’s own first-party studios. It’s no secret that Xbox Studios-developed games have either been entirely multiplayer, or had a big focus on multiplayer elements and ongoing live services.Some see Xbox Game Pass as a continuation of that, essentially a single subscription for a host of live service games, but Spencer says this is not Microsoft’s plan for the service or its own franchises.Speaking…

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1 vs 100 may return on Xbox Series X, according to Phil Spencer

Xbox boss Phil Spencer mentioned that fan-favorite multiplayer game 1 vs 100 could potentially make a return on the Xbox Series S and X.During an official FanFest live stream on Friday, Spencer made some interesting comments about Microsoft’s plans to revive a trivia game “from [the company’s] past”.As mentioned over on VGC, Spencer commented on the potential revival during a stream that was supposed to run alongside a quiz. Technical issues killed plans for the quiz, but Spencer still appeared on the stream and teased the re-introduction of the popular game.“Maybe we should even be building our own trivia game,…

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Xbox’s Spencer teases cloud gaming TV streaming stick

By Alex Calvin, Friday, 23 October 2020 16:04 GMT Xbox boss Phil Spencer has said that the company could make streaming sticks for its cloud gaming streaming service.In an interview with Stratechery – as reported by The Verge – the Microsoft exec said that it’s possible we’ll see cheaper tech that can just plug into a TV for use with the streaming platform.“I think you’re going to see lower-priced hardware as part of our ecosystem when you think about streaming sticks and other things that somebody might want to just go plug into their TV and go play via xCloud,”…

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Microsoft may yet end up shipping Halo Infinite campaign and multiplayer separately

By Sherif Saed, Monday, 19 October 2020 11:51 GMT It sounds like Microsoft is keeping an open mind when it comes to Halo Infinite’s release structure.Halo Infinite, which was supposed to be Microsoft’s big first-party launch game for Xbox Series X, ended up getting delayed, leaving Microsoft’s line-up this November devoid of new first-party games.Reports about the state of development that lead to that decision in the first place are plentiful, but Microsoft itself suggested that it had considered splitting campaign and multiplayer in order to make launch.According to Xbox chief Phil Spencer, things may end up going that way…