Microsoft's Phil Spencer to deliver keynote speech at Gamescom 2013

Spencer to deliver a talk at German trade show; "There has never been a better time to be a part of this industry," he says.

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Microsoft Studios boss Phil Spencer will deliver an opening keynote at European trade show Gamescom 2013, the show's organisers have announced.

"This industry is at a turning point. Gamescom is the ideal platform to study the influence of new hardware" said Spencer in a statement (translated by GameSpot from German).

"There has never been a better time to be a part of this industry. It is exciting to see how developers will use new opportunities to create completely new ways of gaming," he added.

Microsoft chose to skip the German trade show in 2012, but is returning to the event for 2013.

Last week Spencer said he was going to "bite his tongue" regarding news of a Crackdown 3.

No further details were released for Spencer's keynote. Gamescom this year runs from August 21 through August 25.

Discussion

138 comments
robbie80
robbie80

Kinect less Xbox one please

GetafixOz
GetafixOz

Well given how well MS have been doing the past 12 months, I can understand why the industry would be hanging out to hear all about it. /sarcasm off

Seriously, the only reason you would even listen is to get some tips on what NOT to do in your own company.

denhoffi
denhoffi

Did MS say they are going to announce new games at Gamescom? Sony said that they are going to show new exclusives so MS has to do it too right? Or is their conference just going to be a rehash of E3, can anybody help me out here, did I miss any comment from MS about this?

hateyourface
hateyourface

That photo makes Spencer look like he's trying to do a racist impression of an Asian man.

Vodoo
Vodoo

I love the X1 and have already paid mine off. But this guy just rubs me the wrong way. I bet when he gets home from work and wants to relax, he goes and sits on his plunger for a few hours.

obsequies
obsequies

some coke head from the 80's

Zoza24
Zoza24

"This industry is at a turning point. Gamescom is the ideal platform to study the influence of new hardware"

This sounds so artificial, cant come up with your own words instead of watching prompters?

SexyMiralda
SexyMiralda

If Sony shows some really good footage of their PS4 exclusives in the upcoming Gamescom then that should be enough to cement MS's fate in the next-gen race.

robbiejones
robbiejones

everyone at m$ look like they should be villains from movies

csward
csward

I would be very interested to know how Steve Ballmer's restructuring of M$ has affected how they look at their plans for the near future, but I doubt they'll delve into that.

eyeball2452
eyeball2452

Great quotes if you haven't heard them before ... listening to MS is like listening to a bunch of toddlers just shaking their rattles.

kbaily
kbaily

Here's a preview: Hey guys? Man did we f--- up at E3? That was funny huh?  But now we got rid of our horrid DRM and letting Indies self publish. See we're being nice again now that Don Matrick left us for Zynga.  Look we have more Killer Instinct footage.  Please like us again. PLEEEAASSSEE!!??

sirslimyscott
sirslimyscott

I fucking hate this guy you can tell that he's a twonk just by the fact that he wears two watches. 

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

Phil is probably the only MS employee I can feel comfortable listening too... He rarely pulls a Mattrick 

daviz88
daviz88

is this suppose to be news?

deathstream
deathstream

So we have about 100 comments that are nothing more than personal attacks on a man none of you know.  Grow up people.

djaligator2
djaligator2

Everytime I think of Sony fanboys, I envision the movie Human Centipede with Kaz as the top link. I'm not going into anymore detail but any link underneath is a fanboy and they love it...

allever
allever

Well, Microsoft...   You already screwed up E3.  Your image is tattered.  Your greed knows no bound...  What are you going to do?  Gamers will be watching you..

DarthAsheron
DarthAsheron

Oh God... just one look at his face in that picture and he already looks like more of an arrogant asshole than Mattrick.

Microsoft. Tread lightly. Your public image is about as stable as a blender full of Nitroglycerin.

jourideblaere
jourideblaere

now with 4 watches, because one can never have too many watches!

Garm31
Garm31

The abolition of Kinect, along with specs bumped up to match Ps4, a price drop and all PlayStation exclusives ported over. Now that's a speech.

wookiegr
wookiegr

There has never been a better time to be Microsoft than when everyone is throwing poo at Microsoft...

lostastsea22485
lostastsea22485

OH lookie...another "I hate Microsoft" support group article....



shrug.

outlawoftorn
outlawoftorn

could not have picked a worse person to deliver the keynote. the audience will have to fight the urge of throwing eggs and tomatoes at him.

Aria1368
Aria1368

This guy is a HUGE douchebag ....!!! throw him out of Microsoft already, he always looks like he is High or he is on something powerful !!!!

Necrusher
Necrusher

@denhoffi  Neither do I. But I do believe MS will focus on indie games and kinect games this time on Gamescom...and...from my source...there will be an unannounced new title to be revealed...:p

Justforvisit
Justforvisit

@SirSlimyScrotum As much as pro Sony I am, some people don't want to keep two time zones all the time in their mind, and don't want to accidentally call their family across the big ocean at the middle of the night. Nothing wrong with that.

djaligator2
djaligator2

Who do u think they are most of them are Sony fans

deathstream
deathstream

@allever 

MS had the better E3 showing BY FAR.  The reveal was poorly received, but E3 was about games, games and more games.

gilldominic
gilldominic

@Garm31 Yeah, because that's exactly what the industry needs, two COMPLETELY identical products competing, instead of two MOSTLY identical products competing..... ;)

denhoffi
denhoffi

@NecrusherThey better show indies some love because Sony is kicking their butts in that department right now, and I have a feeling that Sony has still more to show than MS. At the moment the PS4 is way ahead of the Xbox One which is sad because I want them both to do good...

denhoffi
denhoffi

@muffin200 @deathstream @allever He just blacked that out. And it just seemed that MS had more games because they showed nothing at their reveal, Sony however showed some exclusives at their reveal. And I just hope for MS that they didn't show everything that they've got at E3, if Sony comes out at Gamescom with new exclusives an IPs and MS has nothing to show, that would really hurt them.

denhoffi
denhoffi

@gilldominic @northArrow I think a lot of people don't like MS not because they wanted to try out new things with the DRM or the always internet connectivity or even the Kinect, but mostly how they presented it. They had 2 conferences where they could have explained what they are doing and why they are doing it and how all this could maybe enhance the gaming community, but no they tried to sneak it by everybody in little press releases, that's why nobody accepted all of this. And that is why I don't trust them, they didn't seem to be confident about their new features, they just wanted them because it meant more money for them!