Microsoft plans to support PC gaming more, but so must other publishers

Friday, 24th September 2010 21:10 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Microsoft has reiterated its stance on supporting PC gamers, and has hit back at those who say it’s not doing enough by stating it’s also first-publisher’s responsibility as well.

Speaking with MCV, Microsoft Games Studios’ general manager Dave Luehmann said it’s MS’s job to “lead the way” on PC, and it plans to step-up its efforts with support for Fable III, Age of Empires Online and Microsoft Flight.

“There’s been a fair bit of criticism aimed at Microsoft that we were spending a lot of our focus on console, and we need to be putting resources behind PC as well,” said Luehmann.

‘Other companies should look to Microsoft for leadership, but I’m not sure they do. It is our job to lead the way on PC. And in some ways we are doing that and in other ways we are not. So we need to step up.

“We are putting some real investment and big IPs behind the Windows platform. We’ve spoken of the first three, Fable III, Age of Empires Online and Microsoft Flight. However we are not going to stop there.

“I think it is the responsibility of first parties to push the business models in to new directions. We will test some ideas – some will work and some won’t.”

An internal document from Microsoft hit the net back in July, and in it, the firm was asking itself whether or not it has fulfilled its promise of releasing first-party PC titles to the consumer.



  1. Razor

    So this is what, push No.455 to support PC gaming?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Stephany Nunneley

    Apparently. I just don’t get it. They have a system in millions and millions of homes. Why not support it?

    #2 4 years ago
  3. spiderLAW

    Long Live Console Gaming!!!!

    down with the PC!!!

    **waits to see how long it takes for Erthazus to storm in and cause all kinds of doodoo (or HHH, or BDH, although i prefer Erth)**

    #3 4 years ago
  4. spiderLAW

    I know right!!!
    It kinda makes you go “WT Flying F? Where are all the games at!”

    #4 4 years ago
  5. DSB

    @2 Well they did make Games for Windows Live, so really they’re like the abusive husband of PC gaming. He says he loves you, but that throbbing black eye might suggest otherwise.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. keko

    So this means even less exclusives for the xbox?

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Stephany Nunneley

    @5 If he doesn’t stop hitting me, I’ll call the cops.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Razor

    Or just kick him hard in the bollocks.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Erthazus


    “Why not support it?”

    1) Piracy

    2) Steam

    3) LIVE

    #9 4 years ago
  10. freedoms_stain

    I’d actually like to see less Microsoft involvement in PC gaming.

    I’d go as far as to say NONE.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. David Sarkisjan

    They already wasted their chance …

    #11 4 years ago
  12. DSB

    @7 I think I’d rather call my 400 pound, 8 foot tall silent cousin, who showed talent as a kid, but left the city in favor of a secluded life in the wild woods, keeping a pet badger, living off the land, with a storied career as a fervently antisocial lumberjack, a master with his tools, prone to anger, but still highly protective when it comes to his kin.

    I’d call him, and then I’d tell him to bring the gimp.

    Cops are too good for GFWL.

    #12 4 years ago

    so true……so true….. :D

    #13 4 years ago
  14. loki


    #14 4 years ago
  15. albo88

    what is really sad here is that this nerds dont wont you to suport them they buy like 1.500% dollar gaming rigs and when it come to spend 50 boks on a game they hack it and specialty Europeans they even worse

    #15 4 years ago
  16. typeface

    I don’t really think they care. I can almost see the next announcement going to be a social networking game that you could play through a new Bing Social Network type thing.
    They just want more people to upgrade to win7 promising them new games which they’ll do on such a slow-burn that the next really awesome game (if they develop) will come in time for win 8 and then it’ll be like the whole halo 2 situation probably.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Grimrita

    Blizzard have shown that PC games DO sell and in big numbers. You can also have a successful DMR bolted on, which they have with

    Publishers and developers blame poor sales on piracy, which is bollocks in most cases. They really need to take a look at their offering.

    Developers are simply too lazy to do QA and support on the PC so they blame external affairs not to support the format.

    Champ Manager – they claim that the pc market is dead. Wait a second, isnt your game shit? FM seems to sell in big numbers.

    Capcom – blame the pirates – wait a second, arent your PC games shoddy ports?

    The PC market according to a report someone on here (or it might have been said that revenue from MMOs is set to rise to around $2 billion by 2014 – not bad from a so called ‘dead’ format.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. AHA-Lambda

    this is about the 50th time they’ve said this in a slightly different way and by this point i just dont care

    tho MS is right that other pubs needt o support pc better too

    #18 4 years ago
  19. mathare92

    Strange… 18 comments and no one’s said anything about the pic. :P

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Tallon 4

    @ 19: Didn’t read the news, but that chick is damn hot! :)
    Me like.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. DSB

    Obvious shemale.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. AHA-Lambda

    id still hit it ;)

    #22 4 years ago
  23. DSB

    That’s 50 cojones points for AHA-Lambda.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. blackdreamhunk

    the girl in the picture is thinking of me!

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Tallon 4

    @ 24 :)

    #25 4 years ago

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