When Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) first unveiled its new Xbox One console last May, gamers around the world were turned off by the tech behemoth's apparent lack of focus on actual gaming.
After all, not only was Microsoft arguably marketing the Xbox One as more of a broad, hybrid entertainment platform, but it also initially tried to introduce -- then later was forced to backtrack on -- restrictive digital rights management policies that would have severely limited the way its core gaming audience had grown accustomed to playing. Sony's (NYSE:SNE) was was more than happy to take advantage of Microsoft's misstep to promote its PlayStation 4, and Sony recently claimed its system has consistently outsold the Xbox One by a healthy margin to date.
But according to the Fool's Steve Symington in the following video, that may all be about to change, thanks to longtime Microsofter Phil Spencer, who was recently appointed Microsoft's new head of Xbox, Xbox Live, and Microsoft Studios. Specifically, Steve says, investors and gamers alike should be giddy that Spencer has made it very clear he intends to ensure gaming will remain at the core of the Xbox platform as they move forward. To hear Steve's full take on what this means, check out the following video. Top dividend stocks for the next decade
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