Phil Spencer: “Xbox Is Having A Good Gen, Our Best Yet.”; “Xbox One S Strong Since Launch”

Xbox Exec, Phil Spencer has took to Twitter to answer questions by fans again as he usually does. While he answered some standard questions, he had some interesting responses to some questions. Phil responded to comments made by Kotaku news editor Jason Schreier who said “Microsoft clearly can’t compete with Sony on exclusives. They should take the living room PC approach with Scorpio.”

Phil called his comments “strange” and followed by saying that “Xbox Is Having A Good Gen, Our Best Yet.” Phil also added that the Xbox One S has been performing strong for the Xbox since it launched. Phil also responded to a fan who said that it’s too quiet from Xbox’s side to which Phil said “Gamers want good games. Proud of our first party this gen, can always do more. Xbox gamers demand alot, we’ll work hard to deliver”

He also mentioned that “Good games shipping are positive for industry.” and specifically mentioned Horizon Zero Dawn being in that list. It also seems that the negativity towards Xbox and Phil has increased after the reviews went live for Horizon Zero Dawn as he said “Always a little louder when good games ship on other platforms, totally get it.”

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  1. Phil should just tell these gaming goofs to fuck off

  2. I wholeheartely agree with Phil, owning multiple consoles should not be some kind of ‘tech race war’. I’d love to play Horizon, but I have Zelda ear marked in for March. However Xbox is my preferred system.
    And frankly, since Phil took over as Xboss in 2014 Xbox itself has gone from strength to strength. Keep it up!

  3. I don’t understand the hate for Xbox now that Phil is leader is it because of Project Scorpio that the media is attacking Microsoft because they are scared and just want Sony in the console market. I mean what the hell is going on lately with these journalist. Phil is a class act always positive even with the bs coming his way 247. Xbox is improving thanks to Phil Spencer all it needs to work on is 1st party exclusives and more 3rd party support thats it. This guy does not get the credit he deserves for turning Xbox around.

  4. Phil is officially full of shat. If he truly believes that things are going great he’s delusional. Smdh!

    • well when the xbox one is selling more year over year and is outselling the 360, then yes. it is a great gen for xbox. in fact when you consider the reveal and how well they are doing now it’s quite impressive. phil has worked magic over in washington.

      • They aren’t sharing any numbers so how can you be so sure?

        I agree with numbers but just words don’t help. Besides where is the software?

        • They won’t share numbers.

          But NPD numbers are very good. The Xbox one s outsold all ps4 skus individually last December. The only way Sony won was because they had 3 skus out.

          And they’ve consistently released software since launch. They are now slowing down.

          however out of Xbox or Sony, Xbox has delivered more games on time with the least delays since launch.

          Sony has all these games because of delays. People forget that.

          • NPD doesn’t give numbers and. I where did you read anything about what individual skus sold. Sony only said that the Slim far outpaced the Pro and that’s it.

            Also XBox had two skus.

            All I’m saying is without hard facts it’s all talk.

            With delays and all Sony has still launched more exclusive content. This year alone we are already looking at 5 games to 1. On top of that these games are quality.

          • NPD gives monthly numbers for north america.

            no one buys the original xbox lol.

            unfortunately you have to speculate on console sales. otherwise there is no point talking about it. if we go by hard facts xbox has sold 10 million…. when that’s obvious that they didn’t.

            aren’t all those games delayed?

            and last year sony released 2 games? TLG and uncharted 4.

            where xbox released far more. that’s just my point.

          • Nathan Drake Collection, Ratchet and Clank, and MLB The Show just to name a few that you missed.

            As I stated the facts are there but if you choose to ignore them then yes you are only speculating.

            Not to digress MS is not having their best gen yet. The 360 was more popular and had more software, than the XOne. The PS4 is selling faster than the PS2 the all-time king so there is no need of bringing them into this discussion really.

          • All of your comments are terribly miss-informed. I’m guessing you got your info off Xbox related websites? You know, the ones who say in-correct things about the competition to keep you interested in their platform of choice.

            There were a lot more than 2 games that came out published by Sony last year – For example, here is a list Gamespot made in January 2016 about what was coming.:

            The ones we got were, Uncharted 4, Last Guardian, Ratchet and Clank, the tomorrow children, Street fighter 5, firewatch, shadow of the beast, boundless, alienation, paragon, the witness, no mans sky.

            True, some of them aren’t Sony published in their list, but they were timed or console exclusives which came out last year – plus the actual list is much bigger by games cropping up throughout the year.

            Going off your comment though, it would seem you would rather a company bring out a game whether it is finished or not, just so that it is on time – maybe that is why Xbox owners re fine with having early access on their consoles – the ability to give money to an incomplete game which may never be completed? Sony wont allow that and refuses to allow a game on its store, unless it has enough content to justify it.

            I’m happy they delay games, its much better than saying “it’s in development and you will hear about it soon” then turning around and saying the game is now cancelled – Scalebound, Fable Legends, etc….. Maybe you prefer games to be cancelled over delayed?

          • I merely listed games that stuck out in my memory.

            I would rather games not be announced until they have an understanding of when they will release.

            I also dislike how PlayStation fans think these delayed games are somehow increasing the volume of games per year over Xbox. Xbox usually release their games on time, PlayStation doesn’t. Due to that you have people saying Xbox has no games when in fact the majority of the games you are playing are just delayed. Like uncharted tlg ratchet and clank etc. Were.

            And its funny how people forget the early years of this gen where PlayStation were riding on the fact that multi platforms ran better on PlayStation. Because they had no games. But now that Xbox is releasing Scorpio they are taking the games over power approach.

          • You never answered the the question though, do you think cancelling the games is better than delaying them? As that seems to be microsofts approach at the moment. Personally I would rather wait a few month and actually get a game than be hyped on it then have it taken away.

            On the same point, MS announce fable and scalebound ages ago – so MS also announce games early, it isn’t just Sony. Although Phil Spencer has RECENTLY said they won’t be doing that going forward to avoid disappointment. So up until now they have both been the same. Look at cuphead….

            Also, if you google game releases in 2016/2015 etc and look, you will see that year on year Sony releases more (both published and the platform gets more) – saying you don’t count them because they were delays is stupid. If a game was due in 2015 but it came out in 2016 then it’s counted as a 2016 game because it wasn’t counted in 2015. It’s not being counted in both years…

          • depends on the circumstances. if its because they are behind schedule then yes a delay should happen. however i have heard MANY things about platinum games and scalebound everything from them using Microsoft’s money to fund nier and other products, to them needing 4 years to finish it. at that point cut your losses and invest in new projects.

            yes and they expressed the trouble of those decisions.

            im not saying to not count them because they are delayed. I said that xbox released more games and had them release on time in the first couple of years than playstation did.

            im then annoyed when people start acting like the previous year never happened because the games that were supposed to come out then have released in the first half of the new year.

            it is counted as a 2016 game. im not debating that.

          • Matter of fact it was the PS4 Slim with Uncharted 4 that was the highest selling console in November and December.

            You can look that up.

  5. Is it really? I’m sensing a little bit of delusion coming from his side.

  6. XBOX SCORPIO IS USING ZEN PERIOD….. SR5 RYZEN CPU @ 2.8ghz 8 cores 8 threads
AMD VEGA CUSTOM GPU @ 977 MHZ 6.2 teraflops, 12gb GDDR5x RAM 320gb per second bandwidth, WILL RUN ALL GAMES AT PC ULTRA QUALITY EQUIVALENT NATIVE 4K 60fps period……… Listen I have absolute 100% inside factual information from a very close acquaintance of mine who has been working with an official Xbox Scorpio dev kit which his development team received from Microsoft back in November 2016. The developer is from a major 1st party studio and the information he has provided me is 100% accurate. The developer confirmed that the 343 industries developer who a few weeks ago publicly stated how the Xbox Scorpio was far more beefier than originally expected was absolutely correct as the console wasn’t downgraded at all but rather the exact opposite. The Xbox Scorpio is using a brand new completely custom console only specific architecture that’s using an all new rendering method which allows for an ultra efficient almost ZERO LATENCY communication between the system CPU & GPU which allows for a nearly 60% higher graphical rendering performance when compared to what’s currently available on Pc graphics cards and or current game consoles. The new architecture essentially allows for the Xbox Scorpio to take 6 teraflops worth of GPU compute power and render that 6 teraflops at 60% higher than the exact same Pc graphics card in a Pc which means that the Xbox Scorpio 6 teraflops of GPU COMPUTE POWER IS EQUIVALENT TO a 9.6 teraflop Pc graphics card. The new custom architecture was developed in collaboration between Microsoft & AMD designed specifically for Xbox Scorpio and the new communication method IS 100% fully patented from Microsoft specifically for the Xbox Scorpio. The way in which Microsoft was able to develop and patent this new custom architecture was because Microsoft funded nearly 40% of the research n development costs associated with ZEN/VEGA in exchange for not jus the ability to develop and patent this brand new custom console only architecture communication method specifically for Xbox Scorpio only but in addition Microsoft also in return was able to secure an extremely cost efficient price on the new Xbox Scorpio chipsets from AMD WHICH ARE ABSOLUTELY 100% ZEN/VEGA based chipsets. The CPU inside the Xbox Scorpio is an 8 CORE RYZEN SUMMIT RIDGE R5 CPU @ 2.8ghz, and the graphics chip inside Xbox Scorpio is a custom designed AMD VEGA GPU 6.2 teraflop GPU @ 970mhz. The Xbox Scorpio is also using 12gb of gddr5x memory with 320gb per second memory bandwidth. Those specs are the exact specs and exact hardware that’s currently used inside the Xbox Scorpio dev kits as they are all using early engineering samples of both the RYZEN CPU & VEGA GPU. I was also informed that currently right now developers have numerous games that are currently up and running on the Xbox Scorpio dev kits. The games that I was told so far which are being tested n benchmarked that are currently running NATIVE 4K 60fps on Xbox Scorpio dev kits are as follows……. DOOM 4K 60fps (Pc ultra equivalent)BATTLEFIELD 4K 60fps (Pc ultra equivalent) HALO 5 (4K 60fps Xbox One equivalent) WITCHER 3 (4K 60fps Pc ultra equivalent) FALLOUT 4 (4K 60fps Pc ultra equivalent) Those games are all currently running at NATIVE 4K on the Xbox Scorpio dev kits, and while they’re definitely more games being tested n benchmarked internally by different development teams I was told that the ones I listed above are the only games that my sources own personal development team has seen 1st hand running NATIVE 4K 60fps. I was informed that the reason 343 industries developer came out and publicly expressed the fact that Xbox Scorpio was far beefier than originally expected isn’t because the hardware itself is beefier or upgraded but BECAUSE DEVELOPERS HAS ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA THAT MICROSOFT & AMD had developed a brand new custom architecture that’s console specific for XBOX SCORPIO which is why so far apparently the system is running NATIVE 4K 60fps at the Pc ultra setting equivalent without even putting the hardware under full load where essentially Xbox Scorpio dev kits are rendering these games at NATIVE 4K 60fps with a lot of wiggle room as the hardware isn’t being pushed anywhere near its full capabilities as the new architecture is the biggest jump in graphical rendering power efficiency since the Xbox 360 launched with a custom and Radeon GPU which had the first ever unified memory architecture that wasn’t available on Pc graphics cards at the time which is why when Xbox 360 launched there wasn’t a Pc graphics card on the market that could compete with Xbox 360 for nearly 18 months until Pc graphics cards started to adopt the new unified graphics architecture at which point that’s when Pc caught back up and surpassed consoles. I was told that this time around Pc graphics cards won’t be able to adopt this new architecture AS MICROSOFT HAS FULLY PATENTED THIS NEW ARCHITECTURE AS XBOX SCORPIO CONSOLE SPECIFIC which means neither Pc nor PlayStation will be able to use and or develop graphics chipsets using this new architecture as it’s fully custom and designed specifically for Xbox Scorpio. The last thing I wanna share is that at least in the case of my specific source I was told that internally when testing and benchmarking the Xbox Scorpio dev kits the graphical rendering performance is on par with the NVIDIA TITAN X PASCAL in terms of 4K rendering power and that’s using an early engineering sample of the RYZEN/VEGA chipset which I was told the final chipset used in Xbox Scorpio will be roughly 15% more power efficient than what’s being used in the dev kit as AMD are still tweaking and optimizing the specific APU being used for Xbox Scorpio. I was also informed that in addition to the overall graphics rendering power Xbox Scorpio also has the absolute fastest GAMING CPU in the world right now as the RYZEN CPU IS THE 8 core 8 thread R5 version and it’s faster in both single core and multi threaded applications than the intel i7-6900k CPU and while Xbox Scorpio isn’t getting the RYZEN r7 CPU which has 8 cores 16 threads I was told it honestly won’t make any difference for Xbox Scorpio, however the 8 core 8 thread R5 version is significantly cheaper and vastly more power efficient than the highest end 8 core 16 thread R7 version and that’s why Microsoft has chosen to run with the RYZEN R5 version with 8 cores 8 threads ALTHOUGH I WAS TOLD XBOX SCORPIO GAMES WILL NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE 8 extra virtual cores as those will be locked down and fully reserved specifically to run the system software and all background tasks etc……… (Edited info I was mistaken about how the cores would be used and or locked as I’ve confirmed with my source the R5 RYZEN 8 core 8 threads will have some sort of virtual cores even though it doesn’t make sense as it doesn’t have 16 threads however I was told it’s some custom version of the CHIP where it does contain 8 virtual cores being used somehow to run the operating system and background tasks although my source couldn’t confirm exactly how this works only that they are using a tweaked version of the SR5 RYZEN but somehow contains extra virtual cores so don’t hold me to the details as I’m not 100% clear on this yet as to how it works only that it’s definitely SR5 RYZEN 97 watts 8 core 8 thread 2.8ghz) I wanna finally end what I’ve said by saying the last bit of information which I was told was that with Xbox Scorpio and its new architecture which will enable the 6 teraflops of GPU COMPUTE POWER INSIDE XBOX SCORPIO to be the equivalent of a 9.6 teraflop Pc graphics card but also I was told that because of the nature of development for a closed loop console type environment with an ultra low level console API I was told that the optimization for this console will enable Xbox Scorpio to have a very serious initial advantage over even the most expensive ultra high end gaming computers and because of the patent on the new custom console specific Xbox Scorpio only architecture the developer community pretty much all agree that this initial advantage could hold strong for at least 18 to 24 months and so yea I’m sure ok get all sorts of flack and pissed off Pc master race haters talking shit about what I’ve said but TRUST ME GUYS WHAT IVE SAID IS ABSOLUTELY THE REAL DEAL AND APPARENTLY MICROSOFT WILL BE SHARING DETAILS REGARDING THE NEW RYZEN/VEGA APU and also the new custom patented Xbox Scorpio architecture sometime around and or at this years upcoming E3 convention (EDITED 2/17/17 If you guys look back I’ve been copying and pasting this exact information for nearly a month and how just as I’ve said MICROSOFT CAME OUT A FEW DAYS AGO SAYING THE SCORPIO WILL BE REVEALED AROUND E3 and so obviously that should confirm what I said right above this about them revealing SCORPIO EITHER SHORTLY BEFORE OR SHORTLY AFTER E3……..Fyi also guys THE LAUNCH PRICE WILL BE $599.00 dollars and believe me this kind of technology n power n capabilities are more than worth this price…..

    • Nice wall of text with ‘certain’ things in capitals. I’ll take it that that is all fake and you are trying to damage control the fact that there has been no info about scorpio since E3 other than the leaked ‘How to achieve 4k using upscaling’ document that MS produced because they are using a method like PS Pros Checkerboarding.

      • Nope!

  7. Xbox fanboy losers on massive damage control, as expected.

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