March 31st 2014 8:27 am PT

Phil Spencer to lead Xbox

Today it has been announced that Phil Spencer has been named the Head of Xbox.  He will be leading the Xbox, Xbox Live, and creative teams including Xbox Music, Xbox Video and Microsoft Studios.
I’ve known Phil for a long time, and I am 
incredibly excited by this news and what it means for Xbox. I’ll get him on the Podcast this week to discuss his thoughts.  Join me in congratulating Phil on his new role

Official Announcement On Xbox Wire

Industry, Xbox One By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • taternuggets

    Fantastic news!

  • bloody

    thats good news i guess

  • maxy

    Very great news!!!!!!!

  • Billy

    Good to hear that! But “exited”, Major? :P

  • A. J.

    This is good news, right? Both Major Nelson and the Podcast Unlocked guys always have great things to say about him.

  • Matěj Gottwald

    GREAT news! I was still waiting who is going to be named the head of Xbox after Mark departed, but couldn’t have thought of anyone better than Phil! Since last E3 I feel like Microsoft is really, really starting to work hard to win back fans and this is a real proof! Keep it up – that’s how it is done!

    P.S.: I just hope Phil will have enought time for Studios.

  • Mel Besançon

    OMG I’m alost in tears!!!! This is fantastic news for Xbox!

  • Mikael Soltaniha

    Phil Spencer is a good man. I have no doubt Xbox is in good hands.. however, I have to ask (off topic) – does anyone else have issues creating an account for Warface? >.<

    • Mikael Soltaniha

      Actually nevermind, sorry, got it to work. lol :p

      • EldritchWarlord

        You can edit your comments, that’s better than replying to yourself.

        • A. J.

          No it’s not.

          • A. J.

            Wait, yes it is.

          • A. J.

            Shoot, I can’t decide.

        • Mikael Soltaniha

          No! I want to reply to myself.

  • Foz7

    Great news, he is always very positive and comes from a great background, all the best now lets watch this space. : )

  • Din Taylor

    This is great :)

  • Michael Mendis

    Congratulations, Phil!

  • Dave

    Crackdown 3 confirmed!

  • David K

    Great news!

  • Jason Lafitte

    will he have the power to turn things around? or will he be forced to conform into another mindless Microsoft drone? out of all the vendors I deal with weekly, Microsoft is the worst hands down.

    • X360

      That’s why their getting better people to replace the ones weakening the Microsoft brand.

  • X360

    I don’t know much about Phil Spencer but hopefully this’ll lead Microsoft in the right direction of Gaming (.not so much of Entertainment)

    • Matěj Gottwald

      I don’t think Xbox (at least Xbox One) should be all about gaming. I think it wouldn’t help, the contrary I am afraid. I just believe – from what I know about and have heard from Phil – he is much more open, listens to fans and knows a lot about gaming world, meaning he is not just another manager like Yusuf or Mark (no matter how succesful or experienced they are).

  • Peter Taylor

    Mr potato man…cool

    • ElektroDragon

      That’s Phil Harrison, not Phil Spencer.

  • the artist

    Phil reminds me of Cosmo from fairly oddparents :) via hair and face lol

  • Mitchell Hall

    Best news I’ve heard for xbox in a long time!! Make sure you tell phil to come on here so we can all congratulate him !!! I’m super excited and think phil is an awesome choice. I always enjoy watching him on stage or in interviews. I think he’s going to make xbox the number one brand in gaming for a long time to come ! =) also great games this month for games with gold !!!

  • Eric Hutchison

    Hopefully Phil Spencer won’t be the complete effing idiot that his predecessor was. Xbox had control of the market, at least in North America, until you all screwed up the development and launch of Xbox One.

  • ElektroDragon

    I confused him with Phil Harrison for a moment and got all excited. Oh well, hopefully he can turn lead into gold, to put it nicely.

  • Fernando

    My best wishes to Phil on this role. It seems great news for the Xbox community.

  • Anthony


  • Kevin Fell

    Now that’s a cool job title.

  • Michael Košut


  • Death Dealer

    Good! I hope he finally gets all the leverage he needs to get things done properly.

  • Sebastiano Caggiano

    GO GO GO GO Phil!great news.

  • ilovegoogleglass

    Everybody Rejoice!

  • Lucky13X

    Congrats to Phil! He’s a swell guy.

  • Byyys

    10x better than
    Mattrick. I got confidence in phil as long as he doesn’t mention
    TV, Sports and/or Call of Dooty over and over again, phil if your reading..honestly unless they cut price of xbox one and ditch Kinect. don’t see myself buying an X1 please also up the size of 360 hard drives to 500GIG limit same as xboxone.

    • EldritchWarlord

      They won’t sell Xbox Ones without Kinect.

  • roozbeh, again

    Will, my vote actually got the role. Thanks Nadella.

    Much much better than Elop.