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He's heading to Sonos

Microsoft is saying goodbye to yet another executive.

According to Xbox Wire, Chief Product Officer of Xbox Marc Whitten is leaving the company after joining the Xbox team in 2000. He's reportedly moving on to become Chief Product Officer of Sonos.

“I have had the extreme pleasure over the last 14 years to work on the greatest product with the greatest team and for the greatest community,” said Whitten. “Xbox is so special because of the amazing team I’ve had the opportunity to work with and because our fans are the most incredible fans on the planet. It has been the highlight of my career to work on a product so loved. It’s incredibly tough to leave but I am confident the best days are ahead for Xbox fans, in the capable hands of a very talented team.”


Marc Whitten [SOURCE: attackofthefanboy.com]

Whitten's team will now report to Terry Myerson, executive vice president responsible for the teams that build software platforms and experiences for Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox. 
 
Back in January, Corporate VP of Microsoft’s Media and Entertainment Group Blair Westlake resigned after a decade spent with the company. He reportedly left because of the latest restructuring efforts.
 
Many other executives outside of Xbox have resigned or have been reassigned new roles in recent months. Just recently, Tony Bates and Tami Reller left Microsoft. Bates was the former Skype CEO in charge of Microsoft's business development and Reller was the co-head of Microsoft's Windows unit. 

Source: Xbox Wire



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RE: Good!
By retrospooty on 3/18/2014 4:05:36 PM , Rating: 2
"What's going to keep these consoles alive is the quality of the content and the capabilities outside of gaming."

Uh... Speak for yourself. Most people have all that in several devices already and couldn't care less about it on yet another one.

"You're an idiot."

Speak for yourself. Buy the one you want, if you like the multimedia stuff on the XBO great, go for it. For gaming (and that IS the core functionality of both, regardless of what you might kid yourself into believing) the video RAM is shamefully slow. Major titles are already unable to run at 1080p and these consoles are supposed to last 5-7 years. I still laugh at the thought of gaming at 720p in the year 2020 because you bought an XBO.


RE: Good!
By Reclaimer77 on 3/18/2014 4:28:40 PM , Rating: 3
Well if he's right, this puts MS at an even bigger disadvantage. Seeing as how they lock all the "outside of gaming" capabilities behind a paywall.

I consider myself lucky that Sony allows me to watch Netflix for free. Microsoft apparently thinks we should pay for the privilege.


RE: Good!
By Mitch101 on 3/18/2014 5:10:05 PM , Rating: 2
Yes for once I agree with you

On the flip side I still have a 360 so with Gold I get 2 free games a month. Not of my choosing but I got Gears of War and Castle Crashers for free and I think Tomb Raider was another. $32.00 for potentially 24 free games is not a bad deal. Microsoft at some point said they will do the same with the XBox One and I have a little over 2 years of Gold.

The 360 is obviously last gen console and I wish I didn't need Gold for them to be used as Media Streamers.


RE: Good!
By Reclaimer77 on 3/18/2014 6:23:04 PM , Rating: 2
Like I said, I'm not planning on either console.

However as I primarily PC game, I would have to go with the Playstation 4 based on the Xbox Live requirement alone. I simply wouldn't game on the console hardcore enough to justify the price, but I watch a LOT of Netflix through my old PS3, which the PS4 would replace.

I don't mind MS making money, but the Xbox Live requirement for all things online is just way too closed-garden'ish for my tastes.


RE: Good!
By Mitch101 on 3/18/2014 7:39:22 PM , Rating: 2
I might just get a pair of PS3's just so the kids can use them as Netflix and Video streamers and for some games. Lots of life left in the previous generation.


RE: Good!
By Reclaimer77 on 3/18/2014 8:22:06 PM , Rating: 2
It works pretty good for my purposes. The Netflix app is pretty good and it's got plenty of power for full HD streaming.

I also use it as a DLNA box with Plex and PS3 Media Server. I pirate tons of stuff :P

The YouTube app also supports the "Send to TV" feature, so I can queue up stuff from my smartphone or tablet.

I'm glad I went with the PS3 over a Roku or whatever, but to each his own.


RE: Good!
By Mitch101 on 3/18/2014 9:47:02 PM , Rating: 2
Ive gone through a ton of media streamers they tend to be underpowered and always a codec or feature short. Bios support generally lacking or non existent as well. Roku is about the best out there but not for home content streaming. DLNA is really limited even on some devices they can play the files locally but cant stream the same format from a remote device.

PS3 would be a much better purchase like bringing a tank to a knife fight. You can pick them up cheap now even from places like CowBoom. Got to agree with http://www.ps3mediaserver.org/

VIPTV.Net is also good.


RE: Good!
By Reclaimer77 on 3/18/2014 10:39:48 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah I was at one point pretty interested in the Boxie Box, but it seems just rife with issues.

Yeah PS3 Media Server is my go-to kit. It's not once failed me at transcoding a format.

Plus it can bitstream DTS, which is key for me. Because (god I hope nobody from Sony reads this) the PS3 has a delightful flaw. When bitstreaming DTS, it bypasses Cinavia checks :)


RE: Good!
By atechfan on 3/18/2014 4:29:08 PM , Rating: 4
Like I said to reclaimer, neither can the PS4, but at least MS isn't lying about it.


RE: Good!
By retrospooty on 3/18/2014 5:18:08 PM , Rating: 2
That was one game and a poorly coded one at that. Killzone doesnt even look good compared to it's PS3 coutnerpart. A poor example.


RE: Good!
By nikon133 on 3/18/2014 6:32:54 PM , Rating: 2
I'm half the way through ShadowFall and I have to disagree with you - I think the game looks stunning. Easily among best looking games on ANY platform (PC included) I have seen and played so far - especially lightning effects. For example, the way your shadow projects on dust floating in spotlight beams is downright unreal awesome - spooked me first time I noticed it (though there's invisible creature preying on me :)


RE: Good!
By retrospooty on 3/18/14, Rating: 0
RE: Good!
By nikon133 on 3/19/2014 2:47:23 PM , Rating: 2
It actually runs on their own Umbra 3 engine.

I haven't seen demo, can't say if and how much game was pushed further after demo was released. I've read somewhere that demo was designed to run on 4GB of RAM - maybe because it was previously expected that PS4 will have only that much? - so it was running on less detailed textures etc.

In final game, textures are among the best out there. I've spent a few minutes admiring rocks in first outdoor level. Light is also crazy - on some levels, it is all but overdone, amount of bloom/haze/rays through branches/shadows projections is unreal.

But engine isn't. ??


RE: Good!
By retrospooty on 3/20/2014 8:29:40 AM , Rating: 1
OK, I wasnt aware they moved off the unreal engine. It looks very similar to me comparing the 2...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1D2BOnjgVE

Regardless, low res blurry textures is all I see. It ruins it IMHO. There are alot of really great visual features that make it nice, but the textures are what is plastered everywhere.


RE: Good!
By BRB29 on 3/19/2014 8:13:20 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
That was one game and a poorly coded one at that. Killzone doesnt even look good compared to it's PS3 coutnerpart. A poor example.


Isn't killzone a playstation exclusive?
How is it a bad example. People seem to nitpick where the xbox one is weak with all the time.

Nobody is forcing anyone to buy anything! If you bought it, then you did it for a reason so enjoy it! Who cares what other people choose.


RE: Good!
By retrospooty on 3/19/2014 8:18:53 AM , Rating: 2
"Isn't killzone a playstation exclusive? How is it a bad example"

It is an exclusive, but that doesnt mean it utilizes what the PS4 can do. It simply doesn't look as good as other games. It looks almost identical to the PS3 version, crappy low res blurry textures ruin every other positive about the graphics.


RE: Good!
By nikon133 on 3/19/2014 5:11:58 PM , Rating: 2
This might be an answer to our little disagreement about Shadowfall visual quality:

http://www.pushsquare.com/news/2013/10/killzone_sh...

I'm guessing demo you have seen was based on much lower specs build.


RE: Good!
By retrospooty on 3/20/2014 9:07:42 AM , Rating: 2
Cool. That must be it, it was blaringly obvious that they were really low res low quality textures. It really looked like PS3 not PS4.


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