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EXCLUSIVE: Xbox head Sarah Bond has formed a new team dedicated to game preservation and future compatibility

EXCLUSIVE: Xbox head Sarah Bond has formed a new team dedicated to game preservation and future compatibility

What you need to know

  • According to emails received by Windows Central, which Microsoft has confirmed are authentic, Xbox head Sarah Bond recently briefed her team on various topics.
  • In emails, Sarah Bond reiterated Microsoft's plans to build new Xbox hardware focused on delivering “the biggest technology leap ever seen in a generation.”
  • Sarah Bond also revealed that Microsoft has created a dedicated team to future-proof our digital Xbox game libraries across future hardware models to further “build on [Xbox’s] Strong history of offering backward compatibility.”
  • Additionally, it was revealed that Xbox has become the most prominent platform for Diablo 4 since the game's inclusion in Xbox Game Pass.

Sarah Bond was promoted to head of Xbox a few short months ago and began a reorganization to streamline Microsoft's gaming organization to position itself for the future. Now acquired by Activision-Blizzard, Xbox has become a gaming powerhouse, with massive platforms across Xbox console and cloud, PC gaming, mobile titles, and subscription services. Even when it ignores the millions of Xbox Game Pass subscribers, Microsoft counts many other subscription service game companies among that group, from Fallout 1st to Minecraft Realms and World of Warcraft.

The complexity of Xbox's business is undoubtedly a huge challenge, but there are equally huge opportunities ahead for the company. To that end, Sarah Bond recently sent out an email to rally her troops, while sharing some interesting news in the process. Microsoft confirmed to us that the correspondence was real.