Udnævnelsen kommer i kølvandet på, at Interactive Entertainment Business president Don Mattrick forlod Microsoft til fordel for Zynga i sommers og at Xbox Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten er rykket over til Sonos for omkring 14 dage siden.
Phil Spencer lover, at spil vil være hele Xbox divisionens kerneforretning og siger i forbindelse med annonceringen af hans nye job:
The growth of the Xbox community, with over 80 million Xbox owners around the world, is built on the foundation of exclusive franchises, new and original IP and the world's most popular cross-platform games. Games and gamers have always been at the core of Xbox and the core of my work - and gaming will be our core as we take Xbox forward.
Han fortsætter med at understrege, at hele Xbox communitiet er meget vigtigt for hans arbejde og han vil fortsætte med at være i kontakt med gamerne på forskellige sociale medier og ude i den virkelige verden:
Whether it is meeting thousands of fans at the launch of Xbox One, talking at industry events or hearing from gamers on Twitter and Xbox Live, I am actively listening and I am motivated to do what's right for fans who've invested their time, hearts and money in the products we build.
We've taken feedback, made our products better and renewed our focus on what is most important, our customer. Our mission is to build a world-class team, work hard to meet the high expectations of a passionate fan base, create the best games and entertainment and drive technical innovation.
As we continue forward, this renewed focus and mission will be a foundational part of how I lead the Xbox program. You will hear much more as we head into E3, but we are at the beginning of an incredible new chapter for Xbox and I can't wait for the days and years ahead. This is going to be fun.
Det virker som om, at Phil Spencer kan være den helt rigtige mand, til at drive Xbox butikken videre de næste mange år.