After declaring all the recent hardware rumors as ‘creative chatter’, Xbox boss Phil Spencer teases that the Xbox team is breaking new ground for its upcoming E3 showcase.
With the last few days having been dominated with a slew of new Xbox One hardware rumors, it’s pretty safe to say that Xbox boss Phil Spencer has had his hands full recently. From speculation over a more powerful Xbox One console to chatter over a “major” European developer planning to debut an Xbox One VR game during E3, Spencer has kept his cards close to his chest by declaring all these rumors as mere “creative chatter.” Having said that, the Xbox boss did offer up a small tidbit on what the Xbox team have in story for E3 2016.
In response to all these rumors, Xbox marketing boss Aaron Greenberg decided to tweet a lighthearted picture of himself, a “creative chatter” t-shirt wearing Phil Spencer, and Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb preparing for E3. As amusing as Greenberg’s tweet was, it was Spencer’s follow-up tweet regarding Xbox’s E3 2016 press conference plan that drew the most intrigue. As fans began sending messages of support to the Xbox team, Spencer responded by offering up a tantalizing tease: “Blown away by the work of #TEAMXBOX, doing things we’ve never done.”
Beyond that big tease about what the Xbox team has got planned, Spencer didn’t elaborate any further – but there have been a few hints as to what Microsoft will be announcing at this year’s E3. Despite previously stating that Microsoft have no interest in VR, rumors of the aforementioned Xbox One VR game suggests that the company’s opinion has been swayed in the last few months. With the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive now available, as well as the upcoming VR headset from Sony, it’s not too far-fetched to suggest that Microsoft have reconsidered its stance on VR.
While all this news should be taken with a big grain of salt for now, it’s also not outside the realm of possibility that the rumored upgraded Xbox One will actually turn out to be real. Given all the focus on Nintendo’s upcoming NX console, as well as intense speculation over Sony’s rumored upgraded PlayStation 4 console, it’s easy to see how the release of a more powerful Xbox console would help Microsoft keep within touching distance of its rivals, as well as stay competitive in the console market.
Microsoft and the Xbox team are undoubtedly knee-deep in rumors and speculation at the moment, but given that there’s only a few weeks to go before E3 2016, we will find out soon enough if any of this “creative chatter” holds any merit.