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Head of Xbox: Microsoft wants to build products that change the world

Phil Spencer says that's why he has stayed at Microsoft for 26 years.


In a new video interview, new Head of Xbox Phil Spencer explains that the reason he has stayed at Microsoft for so long--26 years!--is because the company wants to build products that change the world. Because Microsoft has the resources and the ambition to make this happen, he says he wouldn't want to work anywhere else.

"Fundamentally, [Microsoft] is a company that wants to do things that change the world. And they have the resources and the ambition to do that," Spencer told Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb in a new video interview. "Whether it's with Xbox or any of the products that we build."

Spencer said he has met with new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and the pair have discussed what Xbox means to the future of Microsoft as a company. For Xbox One specifically, Nadella and Spencer unsurprisingly agree that they want to deliver a top-tier product to consumers.

"We have the ambition to build the best gaming console for fans," Spencer said. "The gaming console plays the best games, has the best entertainment...and to be in a company that has the resource, the ambition, and the drive to make that happen, it's incredibly motivating for someone like me."

Spencer joined Microsoft directly out of college and has worked there ever since.

This is not the first time Spencer has spoken enthusiastically about the potential for gaming to help grow Microsoft overall. Last week, he said that "gaming can be a real catalyst for Microsoft's re-emergence as a consumer company," going as far to say that gaming can be for Microsoft what music was for iPod company Apple.

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