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Microsoft has confirmed Phil Spencer is to head the Xbox division at Microsoft.

The news comes direct from Micorosft’s CEO Satya Nadella, via an email directed at Microsoft employees in which Nadella cites Spencer will help “to keep gaming close to the group developing operating systems across devices.”

Spencer, who recently held the vice president position at Microsoft Studios, will now lead the Xbox and Xbox Live teams, as well as supporting the creative teams including Xbox Music, Xbox Video and Microsoft Studios:

“As Satya noted earlier today, I will now be leading the Xbox, Xbox Live, and creative teams including Xbox Music, Xbox Video and Microsoft Studios as we deliver the next generation of games and entertainment. Combining these teams will strengthen the connection between some of the world’s most innovative creators and those building the Xbox itself. I am incredibly proud of the talented Xbox employees around the world and believe, like they do, in the power of technology to bring games and entertainment to life across console, PC, tablet and mobile devices. It’s been a remarkable year for Xbox and I am honored to lead the team at this incredible time for Microsoft and the games industry.”

As E3 2014 approaches, gamers are assured there’s “much more” ahead for Xbox adopters, as the future heralds “the beginning of an incredible new chapter for Xbox”:

“This past year has been a growth experience both for me and for the entire Xbox team. We’ve taken feedback, made our products better and renewed our focus on what is most important, our customer. Our mission is to build a world-class team, work hard to meet the high expectations of a passionate fan base, create the best games and entertainment and drive technical innovation. As we continue forward, this renewed focus and mission will be a foundational part of how I lead the Xbox program. You will hear much more as we head into E3, but we are at the beginning of an incredible new chapter for Xbox and I can’t wait for the days and years ahead. This is going to be fun.”

Sales of the Xbox One have failed to exceed that of the PlayStation 4, and as E3 2014 approaches, it seems Microsoft isn’t going out without a fight.