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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:]

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 Mitch101 on 3/18/2014 4:57:38 PM , Rating: 1
Quad Core AMD Kaveri 3.7 GHz is faster then an 8 core Jaguar at 1.8 GHz.

Plus it can be upgraded with a more powerful video card down the line the PS4/XBone cannot.

$170.00 CPU
$65.00 Mobo
$40.00 4gig Ram
$30.00 Case
$35.00 Power
$40.00 Hard Drive 1TB
$40.00 Blu-Ray reader
$420.00 and Upgradable - Does Lack Custom Controller and OS but maybe SteamPowered?

Consoles are not a bad deal however they are not upgradable either and the functionality of a PC is greater than a console.

RE: Good!
By retrospooty on 3/18/2014 5:15:33 PM , Rating: 2
Ya, but... You have just built a cheap POS.

Where does this notion even come from that low end PC's compete with consoles they dont, not at all. People that want consoles buy consoles, people that want a PC build or buy a PC. Totally separate markets. It's like a motorcycle vs a car. Yes, both are transportation, but when you go to buy whichever one you want, you aren't even looking at the other.

RE: Good!
By Mitch101 on 3/18/2014 5:51:33 PM , Rating: 2
With AMD Mantle it can play Battlefield 4 at 1920x1080 at 32-36fps plus its a full blown PC.

What you save in not spending the higher price for a console game vs a PC game you can invest in a video card that will push this way past the consoles. Of course we both would make better hardware choices than I did here to keep within the realm of $400.00

I certainly get what your going for an out of the box easy to use system with controls a console is great for that. But it also shows a $500.00 PC would beat both consoles in performance and functionality which was the point of the post.

RE: Good!
By Reclaimer77 on 3/18/2014 6:17:07 PM , Rating: 2
What you save in not spending the higher price for a console game vs a PC game you can invest in a video card that will push this way past the consoles.

Maybe not. I think your build is already CPU limited as-is. Throwing hotter video cards in it probably wouldn't improve things much if at all.

RE: Good!
By retrospooty on 3/18/2014 6:31:29 PM , Rating: 2
"But it also shows a $500.00 PC would beat both consoles in performance and functionality which was the point of the post."

Doesn't matter, different markets and your idea of "functionality" isn't likely the same as the console buyer. I am a long time PC gamer too... Never had a console until 3 years ago I got a PS3 slim because my friends were on it and we wanted to play online. The ease of use , fun factor and controller made me stop PC gaming almost entirely. If for no other reason than the standard coltroller and ability to kick back in your easy chair and play for hours, without hunching over the KB/Mouse... Like I said, totally different markets.

RE: Good!
By nikon133 on 3/18/2014 6:35:46 PM , Rating: 2
I still play PC as well, but I get you completely. On PC these days I mostly play just multiplayer games with friends who still play only PC.

And of course, exclusives.

RE: Good!
By Reclaimer77 on 3/18/14, Rating: 0
RE: Good!
By retrospooty on 3/18/2014 6:32:39 PM , Rating: 3
/Not to mention the joy of dealing with a $30 case. UGh. My fingers hurt just remembering it ;)

RE: Good!
By nikon133 on 3/18/2014 6:21:39 PM , Rating: 2
You'd need more than 4GB of RAM since you are sharing it between CPU/GPU in this APU - correct? And even if you get 8GB of RAM, your GPU will be using only DDR3.

Personally I'd really avoid putting anything gaming related in $30 case and with $35 power, but OK, we don't know much about power quality and cooling performance of PS4 either.

4C Kaveri @ 3.7GHz is (presumably) faster than 8C Jaguar @ 1.8GHz... but based on previous console generations, I expect games in general to be better optimized for multicore architecture on PS4 than they are/will be on PC. With PS4, developers know at any moment exactly what processing power they have in stock - the game does not have to scale for everything between 2 and 8 cores, with or without HT, running wide range of clock speeds, and with various RAM configurations and speeds - not to mention range of GPUs you will find in PCs these days, supporting anything between DX9 and DX11. Well done PC game has to be Jack of all trades, sort of speaking... while well done console game is polished in only one specific direction.

If that wasn't so, we'd never get games like Gran Turismo, Forza, Uncharted, Halo... running on Nvidia 7800-class graphics (and whatever ATI was running in X360) with 250MB video RAM and 256MB system RAM shared between game and OS.

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