Microsoft has “vested interest” in using PC as a first party platform

Tuesday, 22nd June 2010 20:50 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


An internal Q&A document from Microsoft has surfaced, and in it the company asks itself whether or not it has fulfilled its promise of releasing first-party PC titles to the consumer.

The short answer? No. Not really. However, the Q&A leads one to believe that Microsoft’s well aware of its sketchy past and is looking to remedy the situation.

“Does ‘Fable III’ on Windows signal a larger reinvestment by Microsoft in PC gaming? How is this different from the previous times you’ve announced a reinvestment in PC gaming and not quite come through with a robust offering?,” reads the document obtained by Kotaku.

“In terms of revenue, Windows is far and away the largest gaming platform in the world, so it’s an incredibly important part of Microsoft’s business, reads the statement. “From core games like ‘Fable III’ to casual, social and Facebook titles, more gaming happens on Windows than anywhere else.

“Windows 7 is a world-class gaming platform, and you can bet Microsoft has a vested interest in using it as a platform for amazing first party content. ‘Fable III’ on Windows as well as Xbox 360 this holiday is a great first step, and we’ll have more news for you later this summer.”

Looks like MS is finally going to start supporting its “other” platform in the future, then. Hopefully it’ll keep its promise this time around.

Fable III is slated or release on October 26.



  1. Erthazus

    Wow… Finally. Microsoft started to support it’s platform as it should support since 2006.

    when they saw Apple that started to support games, Microsoft started to work their asses to make sure that no one will go and buy Mac or something.

    Fucking assholes. IT’S ABOUT TIME.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. loki

    Another PC nerd theory or Most stupid thing from MS since 2006?

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Happy Hardon Harry

    The PC is the best platform out there. About time MS got their shit together.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. onlineatron

    And here we go…

    I predict a 50 comment strong war thread.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. macronia

    lol f**k u MS
    where u when fable II and GOW II and crackdown released
    (by the way crackdown sucks)

    and the big f**kin thing u did about canceling Alan wake

    i am sure we won’t see Alan wake or GOW III or kingdom or crackdown 2 (also crackdown 2 sucks too)
    then where is ur support

    and ” we’ll have more news for you later this summer.”
    what ?? another bad port of GOW II or fable II ??
    wait may be it is froza :P

    come on MS stop playing games on us >> u want to attract us to 360 not the reverse >> plz stop supporting us as u actually don’t since the bad port of GOW
    and the funny thing is i can’t understand why until now u in the PC union thing that support PC and u didn’t do anything useful for us except windows which isn’t for gaming only by the way

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Kalain

    I have a sneaking suspision that MS has started reading the financials of various companies and the over game market and have realised that the PC actually ‘IS’ the largest market for games in the world.

    Weather or not this is a good thing or not, I will wait with partially baited breath.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. NinjaMidget

    I have to agree, pc is the best gaming platform by far, but unavailable to the most of people.

    Saving up to get a nice new gaming pc for the new shogun though! EPIC!!!

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Robo_1

    Dare I speak his name, but where on Earth is BDH? Has he exploded in a fit of excitement at the idea of the PC being returned as the king of gaming systems… or did Pat just get sick of him and cast down the ban hammer!?

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Gekidami

    “I have a sneaking suspision that MS has started reading the financials of various companies and the over game market and have realised that the PC actually ‘IS’ the largest market for games in the world.”

    And what companies are these then?

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Happy Hardon Harry


    #10 5 years ago
  11. Dralen

    PC gaming has definitely been taking the backseat recently, at least in the Microsoft field anyway. I wish we could have seen the likes of GOW2 and Fable 2 on the PC.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Joe_Gamer

    hrm, lets see, for every windows game MS get nada, for every 360 game sold MS get a what 25% for licensing? Gee I can’t imagine why they stopped supporting PC gaming. They need to get their shit together, I have 6 PC’s with various versions of windows and guess why? because I fucking love PC gaming, if that goes away, well hello linux and chrome.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. macronia

    another important thing , if MS support PC really
    it will be great as we have windows live which is strong as xlive and free as PSN —> Windows live = xlive + PSN
    that what people want .. what i want .. The market has 3 major platforms MS own 2 of them >> why don’t it use it well?
    MS will have 2/3 of the market against 1/3 Sony

    #13 5 years ago
  14. fdelfino

    The nice thing about PC gaming is that you have an upgradable platform.
    Can’t wait to put my hands on those 3D nvidia boards! They cost a fortune but they are worthy.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. freedoms_stain

    @13, “crap bag” would be a generous description of GFWL.

    #15 5 years ago

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