Xbox Boss Responds To Leaked Emails And Documents

The recent court hearings between Xbox and the Federal Trade Commission have leaked a lot, a lot of fascinating emails and documents. From a presentation deck detailing Xbox’s plans for the decade to an interesting discussion on how Xbox leadership was planning deals for Game Pass after two of its biggest games got delayed.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has now officially responded to the leaks with a tweet.

“We’ve seen the conversation around old emails and documents. It is hard to see our team’s work shared in this way because so much has changed and there’s so much to be excited about right now, and in the future.

“We will share the real plans when we are ready.”

The Verge has also obtained an internal memo of Spencer addressing this issue to Xbox employees:


Today, several documents submitted in the court proceedings related to our proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard were unintentionally disclosed. I know this is disappointing, even if many of the documents are well over a year old and our plans have evolved.

I also know we all take the confidentiality of our plans and our partners’ information very seriously. This leak obviously is not us living up to that expectation. We will learn from what happened and be better going forward. We all put incredible amounts of passion and energy into our work, and this is never how we want that hard work to be shared with the community. That said, there’s so much more to be excited about, and when we’re ready, we’ll share the real plans with our players.

In closing, I appreciate all of the work that you pour into Team Xbox to surprise and delight our players. In the days and weeks ahead, let’s stay focused on what we can control: continuing the amazing success of Starfield, the upcoming launch of the incredible and accessible Forza Motorsport, and continuing to build games, services and devices that millions of players can enjoy.


The emails were never supposed to be public, and reflected on a specific time. So remember to consider that context when reacting to leaked emails.

Hopefully, the real plans for Xbox still involves a disc drive Xbox Series X and a next-gen console that’s bound to be always online for having to make use of cloud computing. Those leaked presentation documents, other than a redesigned Xbox Controller and making steps towards sustainability, do not look promising.

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