Xbox One "changes everything" says Microsoft

Phil Spencer says it is hard to explain all the ways the console impacts the overall entertainment experience.

The Xbox One "changes everything," according to Microsoft.

Microsoft Game Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer appeared on Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb's latest podcast to discuss the next-generation platform and how it is shaping up. He said the next-generation console changes entertainment on such a profound level that it is hard to describe.

"I have my Xbox One at home now, so I'm getting to use it," Spencer said. "It's hard to talk about all of the ways that this console impacts my entertainment experiences."

Major Nelson interjected, saying, "It changes everything."

"It does change everything," Spencer added.

For Spencer, what makes the Xbox One so compelling is that the box is a truly multi-purpose device, allowing users to jump from games to live or on-demand content with the press of a button.

"And then I think about games as really showing up as a first-class form of entertainment for everybody. Because before, I was really either on my Xbox 360 or I was probably on my Comcast TV box," Spencer said. "And those two things…never the twain shall meet. There was no overlap."

"Now, as I'm sitting there playing games, I can instantly go over and watch and see what the Mariner's score is or watch something on TV and vice versa," he added. "I'm always socially connected to my [Xbox Live] community, now matter what I'm doing on the box. All of my entertainment comes through the box: movies, television, and games."

Spencer added that Microsoft has applied the lessons it learned from social gaming on Xbox 360 to every form of entertainment on the Xbox One.

The Xbox One launches in November for $500. Those attending Gamescom next week in Cologne, Germany can go hands-on with the device and some of its upcoming games, like Forza Motorsport 5 and Ryse: Son of Rome. Microsoft will also announce "exciting news" at the event.

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nomadski69
nomadski69

Xbox One TRIED to change everything, but got shot down on the internet.

Look Microsoft, the only thing that needs changing is the lack of new IPs, the proliferation of sequels, and the utterly derivative nature of most so called AAA titles.

Xenro4
Xenro4

Achievement Unlocked: You've watched 1000 hours of tv.

O.o fuck that

csward
csward

Xbox One "changes everything" says Microsoft

M$'s arrogance is at full throttle today.

louie_cloud
louie_cloud

LOL Changes Everything coz we saw ps4 proder numbers

meatz666
meatz666

Spencer never used a PC in his life then. 

And Apple called, and they want their blatant misleading marketing iPhone 4 quote "It changes everything". Actually, back in the day, it didn't.

orangesonic
orangesonic

as if we need more ways to connect to facebook or skype... come on MS... look around

orangesonic
orangesonic

magical and breathtaking WOW LOL [sarcasm]

Sjalasvalten
Sjalasvalten

It changes everything for those who accept the changes they feel are necessary.

With Microsoft trying to tap into a wider range of audience it's hard to deny his statements about it changing a great deal of things, but in terms of the gaming industry alone I would argue that he is wrong. It's by no means a comparison but actors and actresses who attempt to branch out into the music industry or clothing or any other art form, generally speaking, tend to fail. Here we have a company now attempting to branch out into "TV land" by having an all-in-one cable and gaming box, among other things, and unless they're willing to really give the billions of people what they want, it won't be successful. They would be the new kid in town when compared to the big cable companies and it will likely be a struggle but if it works than we can probably say goodbye to a quality console system from Microsoft.

A couple hundred million gamers compared to the billions who watch TV...who do you think Microsoft will gravitate towards?

blackothh
blackothh

they sure are changing everything over the last few months alright.

farcorners
farcorners

They are trying to BE the Hub and not just a part of it.

ZAD-Man
ZAD-Man

I have this button on my remote called "input"...it does amazing things.

GingerGSM
GingerGSM

This may hardly be original, but I think "Xbox One-Eighty" might be an appropriate name at this point.

Digital_DJ_00
Digital_DJ_00

Lol... Microsoft must be truly desperate if the company is resorting to having it's own employee's say good things about its new console. You get zero likability when your own company employee's say positive things about its product.

How is this not considered advertising?

ghostwarrior79
ghostwarrior79

Yeah, It would drive us bankrupt and turn us into paupers! GOLD required for EVERYTHING? seriously, MS... SERIOUSLY?!

noobslaya1993
noobslaya1993

Yeah, changes everything, like their policies

Gargus
Gargus

It might have changed not everything, but a lot in its original state. But they have back peddled so much that now its just a 360 only more powerful.

Of course they will say it will change everything, its their product so they have to hype it and make it sound like more than it is.

I liked the whole "it changes so much that I cant begin to say how or why" that was hilarious.

Rayrota
Rayrota

The Xbox One certainly changed everything about itself.

beansnob
beansnob

Xbox1/ps4/wiiu who cares they will all be outdone by mid-range gaming laptops.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

With cable tv becoming even more and more expensive in Canada with many providers as the have all sorts of bundles I think any mention of cable tv or any tv when talking about a console makes me think less and less about buying the system.  ****off MS and ****off to the cable companies in Canada.

northArrow
northArrow

@DeViLzzz It's not just Canada, the US has the same problems. Is there anyone in the world that actually likes their cable provider? In a time when there are lots of people out there looking for ways to ditch cable, it's ironic Microsoft would handcuff themselves to it.

blackothh
blackothh

@northArrow @DeViLzzz I would love to see the day that cable lets you pay per channel, that way i dont need 600 channels of useless content. But I doubt that will happen.

elitedemo
elitedemo

a glorified cable box...I really dont care...how is this news?  

Major Nelson interjected, saying, "It changes everything."

"It does change everything," Spencer added. 

oh a love making session between these two....now this is news

SpinDie25
SpinDie25

xbox one changes everything.. literally

Simplythebest12
Simplythebest12

Sony with PS4 seems it will win the first battle and maybe this console era war

Microsoft shot themselves in the foot with their stupid policies even if most are dropped....But the damage has already been done for Microsoft plus no one wants a always connected Kinect spy device....

EatADikGamespot
EatADikGamespot

Hey maybe they can get the failure rate below 50% on this one. Dare to dream, Microsoft!! Seriously, how the fuck are these assholes still making consoles? Also, how much do they pay Gamespot to shill for them?

innocent69
innocent69

I love that MS is eliminating the $100 family plan. With XBone and the regular $60 gold membership, your family members will be able to create their "own unique gamertags" on that one family console. Allowing your family members to join you in an online multiplayer match......This is a big change, making it easier to enjoy online gaming with your family.