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Phil Spencer wants casual and social games acquisitions for Xbox

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Phil Spencer (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Head of Xbox Phil Spencer spoke with Bloomberg about a variety of topics, including gaming acquisitions.
  • Spencer shared that he wants Xbox to invest more in social and casual games.
  • Spencer also wants to find ways to alleviate supply chain constraints.

Microsoft's next big gaming purchase could be something for a wider, more casual audience. Speaking with Bloomberg at the Paley International Council Summit, Spencer explained that there's no "quota" and that it's all about the right fit. Spencer noted however that he does want more casual and social games on Xbox.

"When I think about the kinds of genres that are usually associated with Xbox, yes, we have Roblox, we have Minecraft, we have FIFA and Fortnite, but we want to continue to invest in more social, casual content that's out there," Spencer said.

Microsoft has acquired and founded numerous studios since 2018, growing the Xbox first-party family to 23 different studios across Xbox Game Studios and Bethesda Softworks. These teams are now working on upcoming Xbox games like Bethesda Game Studios' Starfield, Arkane Austin's Redfall and more. Xbox Game Studios head Matt Booty has previously discussed wanting a new Xbox exclusive title to ship every quarter.

"I'm really proud of the creators who have chosen to become part of Xbox," Spencer shared. "If you look at some of the people we've acquired and partnered with, it's people we've had longterm relationships with and they've come inside of Xbox now and they see our roadmap on platform and service. I want them to be able to do their most amazing creative work as part of this team."

Spencer also noted to Bloomberg that he wants to alleviate supply chain issues that are currently restricting the number of consoles produced, meaning less Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S units available for purchase. Microsoft is working to invest in "...fabrication built in different locations."

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.

4 Comments
  • Then they should make kinnect back again.
  • This. This so much. Kinect did kind of suck but it really did have a lot of potential. I really wish Microsoft had the ability to stick to their guns on things. A third gen Kinect would be an insta-buy for me. I know I'm not a majority for sure bt I really think Kinect had a lot more to give
  • Well there are some popular multiplayer titles that already exists, people play and are not on Xbox (console or pc). Fall Guys, Phasmophobia, First Class Trouble, Genshin (once was) and others... You don't have to own everything, but bring it to availability.
  • Social games.
    Probably Mixer interactive was a solution before, but paid millions any peoples for no working properly is difficult.
    Possibility to do differents levels of Xbox achievements with use it in game and share with others as anything of you is good.
    Concepts as game service is money valuable (Fortnite, Sea of Thieves), but ask many work.
    Mobiles games with Xcloud is a very good way for development of the industry, but for that you sold many USurface Duo, probably very good phone, high price, in normal production, actually difficult. (not try/ not wanted ?)