Last week Microsoft's Bill Gates said that he'd support any decision taken to spin-off the company's Xbox division, which led to much speculation surrounding its future, and even suggested that he thought it was something that should happen. That wasn't the case, though, according to Microsoft who claim that Gates was simply lending his support to new CEO Satya Nadella, backing any decisions the new man may make regarding the company's future.
In fact, it seems that Gates is actually very supportive of the Xbox brand, believing that it's an important part of Microsoft's future. In an interview with Fox Business, Gates said:
We're taking PC gaming and Xbox gaming and bringing those a lot closer together.The power of the graphics chips means you can do great games there.I'm sure Satya and the team will look at that. It's up to them. We're going to have an overall gaming strategy so it's not as obvious [spinning the Xbox division off]as you might think.
Gates added, when asked whether he would support a decision to offload the Xbox division, to which he replied "absolutely".
Microsoft has since stepped in to clarify Gates' comments, with communications representative Frank Shaw telling Eurogamer that it was merely a show of support. Shaw said:
[The comments]were reflective ofsupport of Satya as CEO.Microsoft is committed to gaming across multiple platforms with Xbox as the centerpiece of our gaming strategy. We remain committed to Xbox and the millions of Xbox fans around the world.