Marc Whitten: “It's a great time to be on Xbox… and it's just beginning”

In the few months that have passed since launching the Xbox One, Microsoft has released a wave of software updates for the console to fix bugs and add new features to the device. The latest such update is already rolling out to those signed up to the Xbox update preview program, but what we’ve seen so far could well be just the tip of the iceberg.

Earlier this month, Marc Whitten, then corporate vice-president for Xbox, announced that he would be leaving Microsoft for Sonos. But before he left the company – literally, a few hours before – Marc sat down with Major Nelson (aka Microsoft’s Larry Hryb) for one last chat, in which he spoke enthusiastically about the Xbox platform.

“I think you’re just starting to see what Xbox One can become,” he said. “So much for us was around [the idea of] ‘Hey, let’s build this architecture that we could rev quickly, that we could add to, that was flexible, that would allow us to do more things, and do more things quickly.'”

He added that the Xbox One UX, paired with next-gen games like the hugely popular Titanfall, and the console’s cloud-powered gaming experiences, mean that “it’s a great time to be on Xbox… and it’s just beginning.”

Predictably, he wasn’t going to spill the beans on what Microsoft has in store for Xbox, but he did say: “There’s so many things. I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.”

The next update for Xbox is expected to arrive next month, and will include features such as better GameDVR video quality, and a range of improvements to Kinect, saving and updating games, and the Friends hub. 

Source: Major Nelson via IGN | image via scroll.com.tr

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I agree they have been pushing updates, even the 360 got really good over time, however the whole part of things working together has not been a smooth road. Even the Xbox One is 2 steps back from a 360. Sluggish UI, a party system that is still not 100% working, and missing 360 features. It makes not since to me why a product that is years in dev feels like it was just created 3 months ago.

I am glad they have new leadership and hopefully starting soon this ship will turn and they will stop acting/talking like politicians...time will tell.

This is the same old message Microsoft has been pushing for years... "Just wait, things are going to get really good soon!" This was said during Windows XP, Windows Media Center, Windows Vista, Remote Play, Zune, Windows 7, Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 7.5, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, Surface, Surface 2, Windows 8.1....now Xbox One.

Microsoft has been pushing this same BS line for years and promising that "soon" everything will work together and that they have some magical elf working on all the cool stuff that they can not show you right now...BUT buy this today and tomorrow we promise it will be great! All the while the people that have said those things are gone from Microsoft.

Sorry just don't believe you...

The last half of the products (Windows Phone, Surface, Windows 8) changed significantly by free updates from the initial purchased version; the first half didn't have a lot of visible changes.

Other than Zune, I owned and enjoyed every one of the products. I don't listen to much music, so I never bought a Zune (or iPod).

Some of those I might agree with, but XP and Win7? Really, how many were complaining about the former after a few SPs and the latter at all?

I'm still holding out hope they find a way bring back some of the "DRM" related features. After buying a few games digitally I tried, out of new habit, to do an "Xbox go to Forza Motorsport 5" (the only game I have a physical copy of) only to be met with the "you need a disc" dialogue. Real buzzkill.

I'm really enjoying the console so far though so it'll be exciting to see what's coming up.

yeah sure. just like windows 8. it's just gettin' started. 16 months after general launch. says a lot about microsoft's mindset about timeline and roadmap.

Albert said,
yeah sure. just like windows 8. it's just gettin' started. 16 months after general launch. says a lot about microsoft's mindset about timeline and roadmap.

Yeah, that they know that it's a marathon not a sprint.

Great time to be on xbox, if you're one of those lucky 13 countries. Otherwise wait till nearly next Christmas, chumps.

Although considering it's in 13, and the PS4 in 48. I expected a bigger sales gap than there currently is.

-adrian- said,
Because those 48 PlayStation countries are all major countries just like the 13 for the Xbox

35 of which are almost meaningless to global sales.

McKay said,
Great time to be on xbox, if you're one of those lucky 13 countries. Otherwise wait till nearly next Christmas, chumps.

Although considering it's in 13, and the PS4 in 48. I expected a bigger sales gap than there currently is.

PS4 is in 57 countries to the Xbox One's 13 countries.

Well it's not like he's going to bag his former employer/product out when he probably signed a contract... :p

Torolol said,

well, start by revising with much larger eSRAM, pronto!

the difference is eSRAM is definitely the reason for the sales disparity between the Xbox One and PS4.

FalseAgent said,

the difference is eSRAM is definitely the reason for the sales disparity between the Xbox One and PS4.

The sarcasm is too high.

Torolol said,

well, start by revising with much larger eSRAM, pronto!

Yeah that'll be a popular move. I can't imagine any of the millions that already own the console would have any issues with that /s