Greenberg: Hardcore gamers are still MS’s focus

Monday, 14th June 2010 16:46 GMT By Joe Anderson


Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg has said that hardcore gamers will not be forgotten now that Kinect is here.

Speaking after the recent reveal of the motion device, Greenberg told IGN: “The nice thing for us is that we have diversity. We’re not in any way saying that we’re not going to continue to do the best or focus on the blockbuster games that make Xbox great for gamers. That continues.”

Greenberg was quick to point out that despite the obvious comparisons to the Wii, Kinect is not a forced experience.

“We’re going to continue to invest in Live and the online community there. This is additive, on top of what we already have.

“There’s a key difference in the technology and the experience between Natal and the Wii, but we’re not taking our entire platform and making everything controller-free.”

The Microsoft man does believe, however, that many current Xbox 360 owners will find Kinect intriguing enough to pick it up.

“I think that will drive a lot of interest for current owners as a thing you get on top of what you already have. And for a broader, more casual user, it’s a way they can now experience and play without having to learn to use a controller. It sees you. It hears you. It recognizes your body. It allows you to play naturally without ever having played a game before.”

Microsoft will be revealing a lot more on the device very soon, so stay tuned.

Thanks, Daytripper



  1. theevilaires

    Bullshit :D

    #1 5 years ago
  2. onlineatron

    Anyone who thought they would is foolish.

    Crackdown 2
    Gears 3
    Fable 3
    Halo Reach

    I can’t see MS letting these behemoths fall by the wayside.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. NiceFellow

    Really? So why all the ‘special event’ hoopla yesterday?

    MS feel like they’re stretching themselves between two posts here. On the one hand telling the Halo/Gears ground all’s fine while on the other trying to position themselves as the future of family fun.

    Nothing wrong with that as such – but Greenberg is increasingly feeling like someone representing a company telling me on Monday that they’re fully committed to apples while on Tuesday they tell me they’re fully committed to oranges.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. daytripper

    @1 theres something about you i cant quite put my finger on…(pokes himself in the eye)

    @2 they need some more announcements though, not just on stage gameplay demos of fable, gears and reach imo as so far all the actual gaming buzz seems to be around sony and nintendo.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. The Hindle

    Microsoft need a few new ips the usual triple threat of Halo, Gears and Fable is starting to bore me.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. onlineatron


    What does Sony have to announce?

    I know they are usually good for a few surprises; but i’d imagine their presser will revolve around known entities (KZ3, inFamous 2, LBP2, Motorstorm 3, The Last Guardian) rather than brand new titles.

    Well, apart from a few new MOVE titles which will more than likely be casually-orientated.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. daytripper

    @5 same here, not interested in halo (prefer 3rd person multi like uncharted 2, red dead, warhawk) and fable..well i’ll be nice and just say i dont have any interest. gears 3 single player and thats it so far, so um…what else?

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Redh3lix

    @ 6

    PSN+ will be the announcement I’m looking for personally. More info on those top games is a pure bonus.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Erthazus

    Someone is looking for a PSN+, really? I mean, where are we going to? Soon we are going to play games paying hours for our money.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. daytripper

    @6 these are all rumours but so far i’ve read (dont know how credible sorry and correct me if you know more)

    starhawk, ninja theory game, studio liverpool are doing something retail wise -new wipeout?, gta v keeps getting mentioned despite rockstars confirmed no show, the agency and i read that eight days moved back into production six months ago.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Quiiick

    @2 (onlineatron)
    Yeah sure, they will continue to publish sequels of well known franchises but the seem to care less about creating new tripple-A titles for the (hard)core gamers.

    #11 5 years ago

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