Phil Spencer becomes new 'head of Xbox'

It's been a rather tumultuous time at Xbox, with the recent departures of Marc Whitten and Don Mattrick from the executive team. Taking over as the new official "head of Xbox" is Phil Spencer, former VP of Microsoft Studios.

In his new role, he'll oversee the development teams of Xbox, Xbox Live, and Microsoft Studios. In his new job, he'll "bring more of the magic of Xbox to all form factors, including tablets, PCs, and phones." That means he'll also overlook development on other services, including Xbox Music and Xbox Video.

"Combining all our software, gaming and content assets across the Xbox team under a single leader and aligning with the OSG team will help ensure we continue to do great work across the Xbox business," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wrote in a public letter.

"It's been a remarkable year for Xbox and I am honored to lead the team at this incredible time for Microsoft and the games industry," Spencer said on Xbox Wire. As he takes over the Xbox division, Spencer addresses the many hiccups his team has faced since the console's unveiling. "This past year has been a growth experience both for me and for the entire Xbox team. 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."

Spencer is the man that promised us a renewed focus on PC gaming on Microsoft's part. As new leader of the Xbox division, let's see if he can make good on his word.