It was announced recently on Xbox Wire that Phil Spencer, previously in charge of the team at Microsoft Game Studios, will be uniting all the Xbox teams as Head of Xbox.
Spencer will now oversee all operations within the Xbox brand, including Xbox Live, Microsoft Game Studios and other smaller teams.
As part of his post on Xbox Wire, Spencer expanded on his new role:
“Combining these teams will strengthen the connection between some of the world’s most innovative creators and those building the Xbox itself. I am incredibly proud of the talented Xbox employees around the world and believe, like they do, in the power of technology to bring games and entertainment to life across console, PC, tablet and mobile devices. It’s been a remarkable year for Xbox and I am honored to lead the team at this incredible time for Microsoft and the games industry.”
Whilst not directly taking over his position, Spencer’s new role is the spiritual successor to that of Marc Whitten, who stepped down as Corporate Vice President & Chief Product Officer for Xbox earlier this month to take on new opportunities at Sonos.
In a company-wide email, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gave his reasoning behind the move:
“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. Phil will continue his close partnership with Yusuf Mehdi, who leads business strategy and marketing for Xbox, George Peckham, who heads up third-party partnerships and Mike Angiulo, who will continue leading Xbox hardware.”
Phil promises we will hear more at E3 this year, where he has already confirmed we will see some Halo-related news, amongst other exciting plans.
If you wish to congratulate Phil on this new role, you can do so on his Twitter profile “@XboxP3”.