Phil Spencer has reassured fans that Microsoft is committed to the Xbox One. According to a report from Gaming Bolt on March 10, the cooperate vice president of Microsoft Studios revealed that the first-party studios (including the 343 Industries development team responsible for the tentatively-titled “Halo 5” video game) are getting a lot of support from the upper management of the company.
He went on to mentioned that both Satya Nadella and Stephen Elop are “extremely committed” to the Xbox brand. You can view some “Halo 5” screens with the slideshow to the left of this article and the first part of Phil Spencer’s comments below (courtesy of Gaming Bolt and Polygon):
In a funny way, our job is to create great games on Xbox, on Windows, on Windows Phone, and the stuff that happens above the studios is kind of just ‘stuff’ to a lot of the studios, which I think is the right way. They’re still driven by the creative juices inside the studios to make great things happen. In terms of Microsoft’s commitment in the space, I know both Satya and Stephen Elop, I know them well. I’ve had explicit conversations with them about Microsoft’s commitment to Xbox — they’re extremely committed to Xbox.
The cooperate vice president also talked a little bit about competing with Sony Computer Entertainment and the PS4. Despite falling behind in hardware sales, he believed that Microsoft is still having a “good, competitive battle.” You can find the rest of his statement below:
Xbox is a really critical brand for us as a company as Microsoft; when you think about consumers, what they love about our company, Xbox is one of the most beloved brands that the company has. We’re in the middle of a good, competitive battle in the console space with PlayStation, which is great for the industry. And they remain extremely committed to us succeeding with Xbox, which is nice to hear, right? It’s something that resonates well inside the walls when you’re talking to the teams, or when I stand in front of Xbox fans, I want to make sure that they understand we are extremely committed to this product.
The Xbox One has sold 3 million units as of the end of 2013 while Sony Computer Entertainment confirmed last week that the PS4 reached 6 million in global sales. Microsoft hopes to close the gap between the two next-generation consoles with the launch of “Titanfall,” which came out on March 11. The company will also release the aforesaid “Halo 5” exclusively for the Xbox One.