Veteran Xbox developer for game card leaves Microsoft after 19 years

Chris Novak introduces new Xbox Series X user features ahead of its launch in 2020.

Chris Novak, head of research and design at Microsoft Xbox, has announced that he is leaving the company after nearly two decades. The veteran console engineer was a leading creative force in a department that oversaw the creation of everything from Accomplishments to Game Passa service that has upended the way many people buy and play games.

He wrote: “I loved my time with Xbox” on LinkedIn yesterday. “Building holistic experiences for players is a privilege. There are few things one can work on in life that arouse such passion in people all over the world.”

Novak’s path in the company has been marked by the heyday of the Xbox 360 days and a rebuilding phase as the company reorients itself around subscription games. He joined Microsoft back in 2002, a year after the original Xbox launched when the tech giant was still trying to gain a foothold in a market dominated by Sony and Nintendo. Super Mario Sunshine They just arrived at the GameCube, and Grand Theft Auto Vice City He was dominating PlayStation 2. Xbox owned console port The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind And the exclusive sequel to Jet Set Radio But no killer hits outside the previous year Combat aura evolved.

The Xbox console's 20th anniversary says goodbye to Chis Novak.

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That changed in the years since, and Novak has been there for both its ups and downs, first as Director of Design and later as Design Engineer on Xbox One with credits ranging from 2003 Project Gotham Racing 2 to 2016 Quantum break. Team Novak pushed to expand Xbox Live achievements after seeing how Gotham Racing 2 He said it rewards players for doing things besides driving fast ribbed in an interview. This lesson on open play is a straight line for today’s Xbox.

In 2016, after the Xbox One struggle, he took over as Head of Xbox Research and Design, overseeing the player experience in everything from Xbox Live and Game Pass to xCloud, and now Xbox Cloud Gaming, and Xbox Series X/S. Crowning this period is the ability to Pay $15 per month to stream hundreds of games to your phone With touch controls.

“How big is the challenge when you are trying to create complete gaming experiences on a device that was never built for? That was the challenge,” Novak said. ribbed. “We’ve been spending a lot of time as part of the xCloud effort, with xCloud engineers, chasing this down and making sure that all of the technologies allow us to deliver that output to any device.”

Novak said he is now focusing on his “period of reflection” after leaving Microsoft and before moving on to other projects.

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