Spencer on Xbox One’s critical problems – The Games.
For some time now, Xbox One fans and critics alike have pointed out the lack of games on the console as compared to the great titles available exclusively for the PS4. With Matt Booty as the new head of games, Microsoft is changing up its organization and the aim is to invest more in first-party content. It will be Booty who will carry out Phil Spencer’s plans regarding how they push this content forward.
Speaking to GamesBeat, Phil Spencer stated that he is aware that there is a need to invest in more first-party content. He stated, “I’m not deaf to the meme out there regarding our content and our need to invest more. Definitely, we are at a point where we’re investing more and we’ll continue to do that. When I look at Matt and his responsibility with his team, it’s about charting our future in first-party content. I feel like with each one of the leaders we have, there’s an existing plan, and I feel good about that plan, but we know that the plan all-up for studios is expanding. Having Matt’s leadership there in navigating the expansion, what bets we make, the teams we bet on, the teams we create, is going to be critical.”
Spencer noted that Booty will be playing an important role in ensuring that they deliver the best possible games to the fans. Speaking about this, he continued, “Some of it is with the existing leaders we have there, and there are always opportunities to do more with the teams we have. But also, as we expand, having a leader in place so new investments can be driven and land in the strategy we have is going to be critical for me. That’s really where I look at Matt’s focus: both the existing franchises, and equally, if not a little more, thinking about our future content and how that growth happens in a thoughtful way, a way that delivers for our fans.”
It certainly seems like Matt Booty will play an important role in helping Microsoft land great exclusives and also in coordinating with different teams. Microsoft is now focusing a lot on improving leadership in the games sector and it remains to be seen if this will pay off and whether they’ll actually be able to continue delivering lots of great content to their fans.
Trust me. The Xbox One and Xbox One X need high profile exclusives.