Phil Spencer now head of Xbox

Microsoft has announced that Phil Spencer is the new head over at Xbox, taking over for Marc Whitten, the latest executive to leave the company.

Spencer, formerly head of Microsoft Game Studios, seems the appropriate and natural fit for the role which includes directing the teams responsible for Xbox Live, Xbox Music, and Xbox Video, as well as Microsoft Studios.

I will now be leading the Xbox, Xbox Live, and creative teams including Xbox Music, Xbox Video and Microsoft Studios as we deliver the next generation of games and entertainment. Combining these teams will strengthen the connection between some of the world’s most innovative creators and those building the Xbox itself. I am incredibly proud of the talented Xbox employees around the world and believe, like they do, in the power of technology to bring games and entertainment to life across console, PC, tablet and mobile devices.  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.

We’re curious to see what other changes we’ll see at Microsoft in the time before E3 2014, and we will of course keep you updated on all of it.

What do you think of Spencer’s new role? Is it too much, too soon? Or is he just the guy Microsoft needs heading up the new gaming front in Redmond? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook, and of course, in the comments below!