Xbox to focus on hardcore gamers at E3

While Microsoft’s Xbox One arguably has lacked direction for much of its initial life cycle, it seems as though that may be changing.  Phil Spencer, head of the Xbox department at Microsoft, took to Twitter to respond to fans questions regarding E3 and Xbox.

Below is a summary of Spencer’s talking points:

  • Spencer doesn’t think Microsoft will introduce a dedicated handheld gaming device. Instead they’ll work on Windows Phone and tablets, maybe with controller support some day.
  • Spencer wants to make E3′s show more focused on the fans and he’s looking for ideas to make them feel like the conference is for them even if they aren’t in Los Angeles.
  • The main focus will be on hardcore gamers.
  • There was an idea to make Cortana the voice of the show, but Spencer didn’t like it. He likes the Windows Phone feature but doesn’t want to overdo it.
  • Fans won’t have to wait for Tokyo Game Show to see Japanese Xbox games (possibly meaning that we’ll see them at E3).
  • This year Microsoft will show “stuff we are committed to, from top studios, for this year and future.”
  • We’ll get a “couple of things” announced before E3. May “Should be a good month for news.” It took Spencer a month to get the plans set.
  • Spencer has strict orders not to talk “about anything related to a 343i IP” before E3.
  • Both new IP and sequels will be announced at this year’s show.

While Spencer went in-depth on a couple other topics, namely Games on Demand, the overarching theme is that the man in charge of the brand has a vision of where things are going to go.  It’s most definitely a breathe of fresh air and hopefully will be a step in the right direction.


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