Phil Spencer Comments on Positive Statements Regarding Sony, DX12, Xbox One Games & Updates
Xbox boss talks about various things including the stability of Windows 10 and upcoming update features.
It’s no secret that the Xbox One is in a significantly better place now than one year ago. In fact, it could be argued that the console is on fire despite issues with games like 343 Industries’ Halo: The Master Chief Collection. With Sunset Overdrive and Forza Horizon 2 – not to mention games like Quantum Break, Ori and the Blind Forest and many more on the horizon – things are starting to pick up for Microsoft.
That being said, Xbox division boss Phil Spencer is a humble guy. He recently tweeted praise for Sony’s PS4 along with the Xbox One and the great games that came out for both consoles. This rustled a few jammies to be sure but Spencer maintained that, “It’s about gamers finding Xbox valuable, if we build the right platform the right things happen” rather than any real cut-throat war between both consoles.
That’s not all though. Spencer also had some important tidbits about various other things. First, he revealed that there would be more information on DirectX 12 as the company gets closer to releasing its next big OS, Windows 10. “We’ll be talking more about DX12 in 2015, important part of Win10.” For those who don’t know, DirectX 12 will be shipping with the operating system when it releases next year.
Spencer also stated that as far as Windows 10 goes, “I’m finding tech preview to be stable and easy on my daily work laptop.” So for those who own average laptops and were disappointing with Windows 8’s so-called low system requirements, it sounds like Windows 10 will provide a better experience.
Also on upcoming updates for the Xbox One, Spencer revealed that there wouldn’t be any significant changes coming in December and January. “December and January will really only be backend features for platform, no real public facing features.” This makes sense when you consider most of the very big changes were introduced throughout 2015 including improved Snap capabilities, Achievement tracking and much more.
Spencer also said that he liked the idea of people without licenses downloading off of the store in order to reduce installation times for games. When this feature will be implemented for consumers remains to be seen but at the very least Microsoft is aware of the same.
For those wondering about specific games like Happy Wars which are yet to release for the Xbox One, Spencer said that, “I promised an update. Team is making good progress but they don’t want me to commit them to a date yet, sorry.” Now if only we could receive some more information on when games like Capybara’s Below would be hitting the console. Regardless, keep the hope alive.
What are your thoughts on the current scenario of the Xbox One and the upcoming changes we’ll be seeing such as with DirectX 12? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.