SAN FRANCISCO—Xbox’s spring press showcase could have begun in any number of ways, but Xbox chief Phil Spencer just had to get something off his chest. In a bizarre move, the head of Microsoft's gaming efforts devoted a good chunk of the event’s 30-minute state-of-the-union speech to an Internet tiff he got himself into the prior week.
The issue began in early February when Microsoft announced that its big Spring 2016 game, Quantum Break, would launch simultaneously on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs in April. Some fans cried foul, pointing to prior promises that QB would be an "Xbox One-exclusive" game—never mind that the new PC version didn't impact the Xbox One release at all.
Spencer took to Twitter to respond to someone who said he'd canceled his pre-order over the news, leading to the hilarious fact that Spencer repeatedly addressed someone who goes by the handle @The_CrapGamer. And while Spencer seemed to understand that some Xbox owners were wary of Microsoft "erod[ing] some of the exclusivity that [they] feel like [they] have on Xbox," his immediate response to that was to spell out a future in which Xbox could possibly stop being a hardware line and start being a service.