Microsoft's Chief Product Officer of Xbox Marc Whitten departs company

Microsoft is losing one of its key Xbox executives who has been with the division since before the launch of the first version of the company's game console.  Marc Whitten, Microsoft's Chief Product Officer of Xbox, will depart the company after 17 years to fill the same role at the audio hardware company Sonos.

In a news post, Microsoft said that Whitten's team will report, for the moment, to the company's executive vice president of the operating systems group Terry Myerson. However, the announcement added that the company is currently looking for someone to take over Whitten's position. In a more personal letter directed to the Xbox fan community, Whitten said:

Since the beginning, it’s always been about gamers. In my heart, I am a gamer and Xbox has been my family. While today I am announcing my departure from Microsoft, I have the utmost confidence in this amazing team and our products.

Whitten, also known by his Xbox gamertag "notwen", joined Microsoft in 1997 and later became a part of the Xbox team in 2000 and helped to develop the original Xbox, the Xbox 360 and most recently the Xbox One. The rest of the Xbox leadership team, including Microsoft Studios head Phil Spencer and Corporate Vice President of Strategy and Marketing Yusuf Mehdi, will remain in those roles.

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People are automatically assuming it's all the fault of the Xbox One. I see a story about a guy leaving a company to join another, not console specs. Go to that framerate/resolution thread to post about that.

shawnsdada said,
People are automatically assuming it's all the fault of the Xbox One. I see a story about a guy leaving a company to join another, not console specs. Go to that framerate/resolution thread to post about that.

They need to prove to a world of strangers how much they know about corporate executives and how companies worth billions actually operate

jerzdawg said,

They need to prove to a world of strangers how much they know about corporate executives and how companies worth billions actually operate

+1 internet

Besides. He's part of the team that made the decision about the CPU. I think if they had just used the same CPU as Sony, there wouldn't be any debate about the Xbox One's abilities. Granted there is a virtualized environment that may also be affecting the performance, but there would have been less doubt and Software can be optimized but once the HW is set, its done. They would have had to eaten the cost of the CPU and memory differences, but I think it would have been worth it. Granted this is all hind sight, but they should have ensured that there was enough HW to make games 1080P at 60Htz.

The reorg was going to take out a bunch of people, one problem is that MS has/had too much middle management. There's no reason that part of the Xbox team doesn't overlap with the OS group, the OS group is the one who should handle writing the software anyways. Let the Xbox team add what they want on top of that and handle the content that will run on it.

runningnak3d said,

They don't want to go down with a sinking ship....

Haha, that must have been what Jack Tretton was thinking also...lol

runningnak3d said,

They don't want to go down with a sinking ship....


it's funny how people always say that about microsoft, but in the end, that's never actually happened to microsoft yet. Looking at their yoy profits and revenues, I'd say they're getting stronger as a company.

Melfster said,
Its actually a good thing. Make room for better individuals to come to the top.

When leaving the old road for the new one you know what you leave but not what you get.....

uxo22 said,
Haha, that must have been what Jack Tretton was thinking also...lol
If that was his thinking, then he would've left during PS3, not PS4 when Sony's in the lead?
aviator189 said,
Looking at their yoy profits and revenues, I'd say they're getting stronger as a company.
We can only hope, the more competition the better. Iron sharpens iron.