Early this year, Microsoft indirectly reduced the price of Xbox One in the available markets. They did it in the name of celebrating the launch of “Titanfall”, and they wanted more people to join on day one for “Titanfall” on Xbox One. So, based on this special, limited time offer, the Xbox One “Titanfall” Bundle was made available starting March 11 for $499.99 at select retailers. This bundle included the following, Download code for a digital copy of “Titanfall” Standard Xbox One console and Kinect sensor Standard Xbox One wireless controller Standard Xbox One Chat Headset One month Xbox Live Gold membership Basically, you get the Titanfall game for free when you buy Xbox One console. Answering to a question on Twitter, Phil Spencer revealed that Microsoft is not planning to release any Xbox One Titanfall bundle without Kinect. @Shane_Stocks Titanfall bundle is done. — Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) August 19, 2014 You can ...

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In an interview to Metro UK, Xbox chief at Microsoft Phil Spencer spoke about lots of topics including the future of first party titles for Xbox One, Sony and Nintendo’s E3 presentation, future of Kinect and more. For a question about exclsuive games getting released for Xbox 360 despite the release of Xbox One, Phil replied that they will continue to sell millions of Xbox 360s before the generation is done. And they are planning a healthy line-up of games for Xbox 360 users along with Xbox One. Read the excerpt below. GC: I just worry that’s not enough for sustained growth and to ensure interesting, exciting games. And perhaps most importantly games that are specifically designed with the next gen in mind. Because you’ve also got a number of last gen-only sequels still being made, like Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and even you’re still making cross-generation games with Forza Horizon ...

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At this year’s E3, Microsoft’s focus was all about games, just games. For the full 90 minutes of press briefing, Microsoft talked about all the first party and 3rd party games coming to Xbox platform. The surprising part was that Microsoft didn’t even talk about games on Windows and Windows Phone platforms. Phil Spencer is the head of gaming at Microsoft, which includes games on Xbox, Windows and Windows Phone platforms. He responded to the lack of any information on PC and mobile gaming at E3 to Polygon, “I’m head of gaming at Microsoft,” Spencer said. “When we’re doing gaming strategy, gaming focus inside the company, that’s my job. I think in a lot of ways, you could argue gaming on Windows has never been more healthy in that the biggest of the big franchises, League of Legends, World of Tanks, those things dwarf a lot of what we’re doing ...

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Microsoft’s Xbox chief Phil Spencer spoke to Engadget at E3 2014 discussing Microsoft’s focus on games at E3, virtual reality platform, bringing legacy Xbox 360 games to Xbox One and more. Watch the full interview above. His response related to Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus, “I look at VR as an interesting technology. I’m watching what’s going on out there; I don’t really think it’s a mainstream technology yet today. The nice thing at Microsoft and Xbox is we’ve remained invested in experimenting with a lot of what’s out there, whether it’s voice, or motion. Right now I’d say we have our skunkworks stuff that we’re working through, but right now we’re watching how the VR space evolves to see if it ends up as a mainstream consumer scenario.” We already know via couple of leaked documents and patents that Microsoft is working on VR headset. Phil has now ...

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UK based developer Rare which is the creative brain behind popular Kinect based titles such as Kinect Sports, Kinect Sports: Season Two and Kinect Sports Rivals still remains an important part of Microsoft despite Microsoft’s decision to unbundle Kinect from Xbox One. Talking to TotalXbox, Phil Spencer said that the studio is independent to chose their next project and they are “evaluating what they want to do next”. “[Rare has] just come off the successful launch of Kinect Sports Rivals,” said Spencer. “I think I’ve heard a few times from people asking about Rare – they’re in the process of evaluating what they want to do next, and we’re working closely with them to see what their new project will be. “And I’ve also laughed when people have tried to use the word, what I “force” them to do – if you’re around any independent studio, or like Rare a studio that’s ...

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New Xbox head Phil Spencer answered lots of questions from Xbox fans and followers on Twitter. Few things were quite interesting, which you can read below. He confirmed that Microsoft will not do a dedicated handheld gaming device. Microsoft is focusing on gaming on Windows Phone and Windows tablets and controller support may come someday. Also, he answered few queries on E3 announcement. He said that Cortana won’t be part of the E3 presentation. He confirmed that Microsoft will announce new IP and new sequels at E3 this year in June. @mattwestcott There was an idea to use Cortana as the VOG for the show, I didn’t like that. I like WP feature but don’t want to overdo it. — Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) May 5, 2014 <blockquoteclass=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”> @slade6alpha I know external storage is something people are asking for and need. Watch the monthly updates. — Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) May ...

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Last week, we reported that Larry Hryb, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson spoke with Phil Spencer about his new role as Head of Xbox. They discussed about E3, fan feedback, and his plans to help lead Xbox going forward. Phil Spencer answered that he is looking into all the feedback he is getting from people around, and his focus is mainly on gaming for Xbox. He really wants Gaming and Xbox to be a main strategy for Microsoft going forward. Today, Larry Hryb, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson posted another video in which he chats with Phil about his history at Microsoft and what led him to his new role as Head of Xbox. He worked on number of games including Halo, Fable, etc, in his past 26 years at Microsoft. He also revealed his most favorite game and many other things. He also said that Microsoft is really committed to Xbox platform and his recent discussion ...

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Last week, Satya Nadella announced some changes in the senior leadership team at Microsoft. Following Marc Whitten’s resignation, Phil Spencer has been promoted to take on a new role leading Xbox, combining the Xbox and Xbox Live development teams with the Microsoft Studios team. Larry Hryb, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson spoke with Phil Spencer about his new role as Head of Xbox. They discussed about E3, fan feedback, and his plans to help lead Xbox going forward. Phil Spencer answered that he is looking into all the feedback he is getting from people around, and his focus is mainly on gaming for Xbox. He really wants Gaming and Xbox to be a main strategy for Microsoft going forward. Watch the video above to know more.   ...

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Speaking at the Game Developer Conference (GDC) Microsoft studios head Phil Spencer said Microsoft has a “renewed focus on Windows and PC gaming.”  In a response to a question about competing with Valve and their Steam Machines, Spencer stated: “I think Valve’s an incredible company,” Spencer said. “They’ve been the backbone of PC gaming for the last decade, and as the Windows company, I appreciate what they’ve done. They have, in a lot of ways, focused more on PC gaming than we have.” “We learn a ton from Sony and Nintendo,” he said, “so more people competing in this space is a good thing.” “A renewed focus on Windows and PC gaming inside Microsoft is definitely happening,” he continued. “You will see more focus from us — not to go compete with what Valve has done, but because we also understand as the platform holder it’s important for us to invest in the platform ...

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Microsoft Game Studios’ chief Phil Spencer spoke at SXSW Gaming panel yesterday. He said that his company’s new senior leadership is in great support for Xbox despite rumors that Microsoft might sell off Xbox division. He even revealed that he had explicit conversations with Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella and upcoming Devices and Studios division president Stephen Elop about Microsoft’s commitment to Xbox and they’re extremely committed to Xbox. He highlighted the fact that Xbox is a really an important consumer brand for them as a company as Microsoft. Xbox is one of the most beloved brands that Microsoft has. “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,” Spencer said. “They’re still driven by the creative ...

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Photocopier machines continue to work overtime at Sony while Microsoft unrelentlessly unveils new features on the Xbox One every week. Phil Spencer talked about one his favorite features on the Xbox One, having the ability to create a favorite channel list that migrates with you wherever you go. Spencer told us more about how the Kinect’s IR blaster will work to help streamline integration.  “Kinect sends out the commands for your TV and your media stack,” he explains.  “Right now, we’re asking users to select their provider and box.  Our goal is to get to the point where it figures it out by asking you a few questions.  That’s something we’re on for the next two years, but we’re going to get close at launch for a lot of people.” The Xbox One profile will also enable users to create a favorite channel list.  Should you log into your profile ...

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Sony’s Entertainment boss Andrew House slammed Microsoft publically at Gamescom 2013 for not having a consistent strategy at Gamescom and doing a “180″ on a number of issues. “While others have shifted their message and changed their story, we were consistent in maintaining a message that is fair and in tune with consumer desires.” In an interview with Eurogamer Microsoft Studios boss Phil Spencer accused “certain people” of trying to turn these policy changes into “a bad thing”, insisting the company’s ability to react to feedback was “a strength”. “The thing I love about the space we’re in is you’re always going to get feedback, whether it’s on your Twitter feed, whether it’s in NeoGAF, whether it’s in Eurogamer,” Spencer said. “People are going to tell you in comment threads how they feel about decisions. “The two-way conversation we have with our customers is a strength. Certain people have tried to turn ...

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