Phil Spencer the head of Microsoft’s Xbox had a answering session with fans when he provided details in regards to E3 2014 on Twitter yesterday. You’ll find a collection of Spencer’s comments below collected by Gamespot.
Microsoft is focusing on hardcore gamers for the show.
Some announcements will be made in May, ahead of E3. “Yea, you’ll get a couple of things before. May should be a good month for news. Took me a month to get plans set,” Spencer said.
Microsoft will announce new studios it’s working with.
Spencer is not allowed to talk about anything related to what Halo studio 343 Industries is working on.
Microsoft’s overall goal for 2014: “I feel like what we will show this year is stuff we are committed to, from top studios, for this year and future.”
Don’t expect a Microsoft-made gaming handheld anytime soon. “I don’t think we’ll do a dedicated handheld gaming device, rather just focus on [Windows Phone], tablets, maybe with controller support someday,” Spencer said.
Spencer wants Microsoft’s E3 2014 showing to be more “fan focused.”
Microsoft thought about using the voice of Cortana for their E3 show, but Spencer did not like this. Asked if the Cortana voice search functionality could come to Xbox One someday, Spencer said, “I like [Windows Phone] feature but don’t want to overdo it.”
Gamers won’t need to wait until the Tokyo Game Show (September) to learn about new Japanese Xbox One games.
Microsoft is close to finalizing a release date for the Xbox One version of Minecraft.
The Lost Odyssey rights are “a bit complicated,” but Spencer would like to see the 2008 role-playing game come to Games on Demand some day.
Details about external storage support for Xbox One are coming later.
Why there hasn’t been a Battletoads sequel: “Just time, lot’s of things we want to build, all the teams are full right now and a long list of what they’d want to do next. You want to spend time because you want things to be as good as they can be, I don’t want to do cheap ports,” Spencer said.
Clearly Microsoft has a lot going on and while I personally don’t like the Xbox One, Phil Spencer and his Xbox team are going to have a lot to say at E3 2014, the only thing I don’t like is that they are not trying to appeal to the casual audience, or the less major gamer, they are trying to ruin some of the market for themselves. Hopefully they know what they are doing but either way Microsoft will have a great E3.