Despite the fact that many critics believed that the Xbox One Elite controller wouldn’t be a successful campaign from Microsoft, it seems that the special version of the game pads has proven to be popular with players. Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, has revealed that the company has now created one million Elite controllers.
The much-discussed upgraded version of the Xbox One, known as Project Scorpio, has been confirmed by Microsoft during their E3 media briefing earlier today. Phil Spencer spoke about the new model at the end of the conference, explaining that he believes it will be the most powerful console ever built when it launches in fall 2017.
With the final release of Windows 10 approaching, the Xbox One is about to receive some pretty hefty upgrades thanks to the brand new operating system. We already know that you can stream any game from the console to a Windows 10 device and play by simply plugging an Xbox One controller into the streaming system but it has now become clear that Microsoft are seeking to bring their next generation console and new operating system closer together.
Last week Phil Spencer revealed that (via PC Gamer) Microsoft would be joining the PC Gaming Show at E3, an event at the upcoming expo that will focus on developments in video games outside of consoles. He suggested that Microsoft was serious about its stated desire to integrate Xbox into Windows 10 and show more love to PC gamers than they have over the past few years. Many who prefer to play on PC have felt let down by Microsoft in the past decade, especially in regards to the release of Games For Windows Live that simply causes more problems and was discontinued in 2014.
Microsoft’s Xbox head Phil Spencer revealed some details for the upcoming Xbox Media Briefing at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. In answering a fan question on his Twitter account, Spencer revealed that the media briefing for Xbox this year will have a running time of 90 minutes long. You can check out Spencer’s tweets on the subject below.
A sequel to Minecraft, the game recently acquired by Microsoft, is not likely to go into development in the near future. Speaking in a podcast for IGN, head of Xbox Phil Spencer spoke about how he was wary of creating another instalment of the popular game for fear of splintering the very strong community. Spencer explained that Minecraft 2 might not be the best option for Microsoft, saying:
According to ARS Technica Microsoft are set to remove the Xbox Live Gold requirement for entertainment apps. Currently users must have paid account in order to access apps like Netflix, YouTube and Hulu. However, multiple sources have confirmed to the site that this will no longer be the case, allowing those with free accounts access.
Microsoft Boss Phil Spencer told Gamespot while on the topic of Kinect that “As a first party we believe that Kinect will be important to all genres of games […] even games like Halo Anniversary has [sic] Kinect integration.”