Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Will Talk Xbox Series X And The Pandemic On Reggie's New Podcast

Spencer, who runs the Xbox business at Microsoft, will also share a special "surprise."

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The new podcast series featuring former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime has announced its next guest, and it's none other than current Xbox boss Phil Spencer.

Spencer will joins Fils-Aime and journalist Harold Goldberg on the "Talking Games with Reggie & Harold" podcast. In a news release, the podcast's producers said Spencer will chat with Fils-Aime and Goldberg about leadership, the pandemic, the Xbox Series X launch, and Spencer's "early days" at Microsoft.

Spencer started as an intern at Microsoft all the way back in 1988, and he's been with the company ever since. He's held various positions at the company, most recently getting promoted to head of Xbox where he oversees the entire Xbox division and reports to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Spencer is also known for being outspoken and frank, so he certainly seems like a great podcast guest.

The new Talking Games podcast will premiere on May 26 at 12 PM ET. According to Goldberg, Spencer will be sharing some kind of "surprise" for fans during the episode. On the subject of the pandemic, Spencer has said the COVID-19 crisis could lead to game delays. However, the Xbox Series X and its flagship launch title Halo Infinite remain on schedule.

The Talking Games series is a seven-part podcast show featuring Fils-Aime and Goldberg, in addition to special guests.

The podcast was launched to help raise money for the New York Video Game Critics Circle, a non-profit charity that provides scholarships and other help to students in New York. Fils-Aime and Goldberg will call on their audience to donate to a GoFundMe campaign that will give games and consoles to young people in homeless shelters.

People who donate will receive bonuses, including access to an auction where they can bid on rare items such as a copy of Nintendo Power signed by Shigeru Miyamoto.

"Our vision is to create a fun, entertaining, informative podcast with its goal to benefit the nonprofit," Fils-Aime told The Washington Post. "I was born in the Bronx … where I have spent time mentoring students literally within miles of where I spent the first eight years of my life. I know how challenging it is, but with the right opportunities and the right experiences, we’re looking to create some future leaders."

The first episode of Talking Games was filled with insights from Fils-Aime about Nintendo in the early 2000s.

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