Yesterday, IGN.com published an article that states that “Xbox head Phil Spencer reportedly said the Google Stadia announcement had ‘no big surprises,’ and that Xbox in turn will ‘go big’ at E3 2019.” IGN.com reports that this news came from “an alleged email that went out to various Microsoft employees.”
According to Thurrott.com, Phil Spencer shared a lengthier message about the Stadia announcement and his thoughts about Microsoft’s future Here’s what Phil Spencer supposedly wrote in the email regarding Google Stadia and Microsoft–courtesy of Thurrott.com and IGN.com.
“We just wrapped up watching the Google announcement of Stadia as team here at GDC. Their announcement is validation of the path we embarked on two years ago. Today we saw a big tech competitor enter the gaming market, and frame the necessary ingredients for success as Content, Community and Cloud. There were no big surprises in their announcement although I was impressed by their leveraging of YouTube, the use of Google Assistant and the new WiFi controller.”
“There has been really good work to get us to the position where we are poised to compete for 2 billion gamers across the planet. Google went big today and we have a couple of months until E3 when we will go big.”
According to IGN.com, there’s a chance that this email’s falsified and that Phil Spencer did not write or share this message with fellow Microsoft staff members or employees. However, IGN.com brings up an interesting point about Phil Spencer’s claim about Xbox going big at this year’s E3–earlier this year after discussion about Sony’s decision to not attend E3 this year was the topic of discussion (article courtesy of IGN.com).
Based on Microsoft’s current strategy with their company, partnership with Nintendo, and confidence in their plans for the next gaming generation, I think everything should be alright for them. Though there’s always a chance for a company’s plans to change and not go the route they initially intended for it to go. Yet, IGN.com’s report about “various rumors suggest[ing] new Xbox hardware (…) [being] revealed at E3 this June” could be what Microsoft needs to get back into the gaming spotlight.
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