Phil Spencer Discusses Microsoft Xbox One In Japan; Shares Thoughts On Nintendo Switch
Just recently, Microsoft Xbox big boss Phil Spencer went to Japan to have a meeting with a number of Japan-based third-party game developers to try and encourage creating more Japanese video games for Microsoft Xbox One.
How Did The Dialogue Go?
As of writing, there are no revelations yet of the complete details of the meeting, the number of developers attended, and any other new details that the Japanese video game fans can expect from Xbox One. However, Phil Spencer gave little information regarding the Japan trip.
He mentioned that, generally, Japanese developers are very interested in the Microsoft Xbox One, particularly on the upcoming Project Scorpio. He also added that he got to witness "a lot" of new games and that his trip to the Asian country was "great".
@Stevo_safc A lot of dev interest in Scorpio/XB1. Previewed a lot of new games. Can't share 3P specifics but Japan was a great trip.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) 6 March 2017
Xbox Struggles In Japan?
Microsoft Xbox One, together with the original Xbox and Xbox 360, has been struggling to conquer Japan by storm. One of the reasons of the lackluster sales performance is the lack of Japanese franchises in the Microsoft Xbox One and other consoles. Lately, however, changes have been seen, starting with "Final Fantasy" making their way to Xbox, according to ONMSFT.
Phil Spencer was also asked what his thoughts on the Nintendo Switch are and why Microsoft has not yet released a portable Xbox console (a portable Microsoft Xbox One, perhaps). He told IGN that his "relationship with Nintendo is great" and that he "love[s] the hardware design... anytime Nintendo brings a new product to the gaming market it's good for all of us."
With regard to a portable Microsoft Xbox One, Phil Spencer said he's just "always watching" how it will all turn out. Microsoft, however, sees that phones are more used by people globally than consoles. The Xbox boss also noted that there are gamers logged into Xbox Live using their mobile devices to play games and get in touch with friends.