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Should Phil Spencer be replaced at the head of Xbox?

chemical boy

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“I honestly think we’re in the best launch lineup position that we’ve ever been on Xbox,” Spencer said.

News of July 20, 2020.

From my point of view Spencer has not kept any of his promises so far, he only knows how to sell smoke year after year. It is time for someone else to take over.
 

Punished Miku

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He's not a coder at 343. He's making very broad, large scale decisions.

He's basically the guy that made MS refocus on making games, made multiple smart purchases of new studios, made Gamepass a focus with all first party games on day one, made backwards compatibility a focus. He's giving all the studios very large budgets. He's possibly funded the more powerful of the two consoles.

I still don't see anything he's actually doing wrong. It takes a long time to build top tier studios. If anyone should be in the hot seat, it's the head of 343, or the head of Xbox Games Studios development as a whole.
 

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“I honestly think we’re in the best launch lineup position that we’ve ever been on Xbox,” Spencer said.

News of July 20, 2020.

From my point of view Spencer has not kept any of his promises so far, he only knows how to sell smoke year after year. It is time for someone else to take over.
I agree, it's time for Phil to go.
 

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No, I don’t thInk he should be replaced. I say let’s revisit this at the end of 2021 and maybe by then he will show he was either a good fit for the job or not.
 
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Probably, at this point.

They kinda need a quiet, sensible, determined guy, who doesn’t care for the showboating, and keeps his head down. Someone who will be straight with gamers, and better understand their wants and needs.
 

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Depends on your perception of video games and the current climate of consoles. There's lots of filthy casuals that are probably content with everything they get from Microsoft. As a hardcore gamer who refuses to miss anything I can't recall during the entire console generation of the X1/PS4 where I felt like if I didn't have that X1 I was missing out. Counter that with most of my favorite console games of the last decade being exclusive to either Nintendo or Sony. What is Microsoft bringing to the table to make me want their console?

IMO he should've already been fired unless Microsoft's ultimate goal is mediocrity, mission accomplished.
 
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fermcr

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The first year of the Xbox Series will dictate if Phil Spencer gets replaced or not as head of Xbox division... this November and December will be decisive.
 
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godhandiscen

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No because in the end, it looks like he took the right decision when presented with the evidence.

Also, GamePass and XCloud are projects that came to fruition under his leadership, and he gets credit for those.

I think that heads need to roll at 343i first.


I don’t think it matters at this point.

The Xbox brand is a spent force.

What are you talking about? Microsoft is making more money than ever on the Xbox. They’ll continue investing on it.
 
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Barakov

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He's a good front man and as far as PR spin goes he's god tier. But as the head of Xbox? He needs to go I think. All he's given the Xbox the past 6 years is empty promises. Also, he's given a lot of people even less of a reason to buy a Xbox.
I think we should be asking that question about her.

Yeah, her and the rest of management at 343 needs to go too.
 

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Definitely, he has had a fair bit of time now and just makes promises and promises but doesnt deliver. What great games have Xbox Studios come out with while he has been the head? I get he came out with Gamepass but thats all content outside of Microsoft anyway