Microsoft’s response to media’s inquiries on this matter confirmed Xie’s resignation without giving reasons for his leave. “During the past 24 years, Xie worked with total devotion. We are thankful for all his work and hope he can achieve something even greater in the future,” said the company.
After joining Microsoft in 1994, Xie led the company’s tool and server team and marketing and operations unit. But he is more widely known as the head of Microsoft’s Xbox business in China.
In 2014, China finally dropped the decade-long ban on gaming consoles, where the government citing the “mental wellbeing of China’s youth” as the primary factor. The change opened big opportunities for foreign game console manufacturers to access the Chinese market, where their products were only available on the grey market.
In addition, Xbox is having a tough time globally. Globally, Xbox One has only sold 37.2 million units as of April 14 this year. The figure for PS4 is 78 million, more than double that for Xbox, according to data from business intelligence and research firm VGChartz.