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Phil Spencer becomes King Of Xbox - we approve

Jonathan Lester
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Phil Spencer becomes King Of Xbox - we approve

Well, technically "head of Microsoft's Xbox division," but that doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

Microsoft has announced that Phil Spencer, director of Microsoft Studios, will now head up the entire Xbox Operation; effectively unifying first-party games, hardware and Xbox Live. "Combining these teams will strengthen the connection between some of the world's most innovative creators and those building the Xbox itself," said the man himself in an inaugural statement. "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."

It's a major responsibility that will throw Spencer even further into the public limelight, but we reckon that he's probably the right man for the job. Throughout the last few years, Spencer has demonstrated a commitment to the Xbox 360's and Xbox One's development community, passionately worked on building core exclusive franchises (such as Halo, Forza, Gears etc), shown both a strong sense of humour and a degree of humility when facing rivals and problems, and generally comes across as a nice guy.

We approve, then, since he actually resembles a functional human being in stark contrast to most company executives - especially including his reptilian android predecessor Don Mattrick. Whether this overqualifies him or puts him at a enormous disadvantage remains to be seen.

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