Microsoft: HD remakes not a priority unless they can “provide real value to the customer”

Tuesday, 26th October 2010 10:10 GMT By Nathan Grayson


Sad to say, time has not been kind to many old-school original Xbox titles. Once on the very bleeding edge of graphical fidelity, they’re now more likely to make your eyes bleed than anything else. But hey, that’s what HD remakes are for, right?

Wrong, says Microsoft.

“We obviously have a lot of new things going on, so the thought of re-doing a bunch of things is probably difficult to just weave into the overall portfolio. If you can provide real value to the customer, there could be possibilities for that, but I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it,” Microsoft corporate VP Phil Spencer told IGN.

“I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad idea,” he said. “I’m going to think about it from the customer’s perspective, and are we really delivering something of value to the customer at a price that they want?”

HD remakes, of course, have been all the rage of late, with the likes of Sony and Ubisoft especially embracing the trend. Microsoft, on the other hand, seems to have decided – at least, for the time being – to leave the past where it lies. Which, translated into the Common Tongue, means no HD version of Jet Set Radio Future for us. The world just became a sadder place.



  1. Mike

    It’s quite obvious Halo 1 HD would sell feckin’ billions.

    I’d buy 10 copies.

    Do it MS.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Razor

    It’s obvious why MS aren’t on the HD bandwagon; they’d have to ship on multiple DVD’s.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Retroid

    Wow, Razor. That’s one if the worst attempts at trolling I’ve *ever* seen.

    Well done! :D

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Blerk

    What are these ‘new things going on’ of which he speaks? :-)

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Freek

    ‘new things going on’ = Pretending they are Nintendo.

    In wich case they should be all about releasing the same game with slightly better visuals!

    /takes bow
    /grabs hat

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Thalius

    “Value for the costumers” Really??
    We get to replay or favorite games in HD, thats of no value for us?!?!?!?!??! Retards.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. sennasnit

    It would only make sense for M$ to do HD remakes of the games that are not compatible with the 360.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Blerk

    Actually I might’ve sniped a little but I do actually agree – I’d much rather everyone was working on new stuff than buggering about making the old stuff that I already played look slightly prettier.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. BraveArse

    I agree to a point but having recently finished Reach the first thing I thought of was how lovely it would have been to jump straight into Halo: CE HD.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Freek

    I haven’t played allot of those games. Mostly because allot of them came out on the tail end of the last console cycle. Strangers Wrath, Shadow of the Collasuss. God of War 2. Looking forward to playing those and in the nicest possible quality.

    I doubt it takes large teams to port the games over. And in the case of Beyond Good and Evil it might even resurect a failed franchise.
    I’m all for it.

    #10 4 years ago

    Halo2,KUF1/2,KOTOR1/2,and Otogi1/2 would be great if i can get it in HD with achievements/fixed issues.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. 2plus2equals5

    @3: i think razor refers to hd collections.
    Obviously a single hd game fit in a dvd, two or more no.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. JonFE

    If I were in MS’ shoes, I would already have 343 Industries working on porting Halo: CE (and maybe H2) in Reach’s engine (which should already be licensed), in order to get them to familiarize with the game technicalities, prior to working on the full Halo sequel.

    #13 4 years ago
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    #14 4 years ago
  15. manamana

    Blerk called it and so do I.
    Jade Empire 2 over a remake.
    Shenmue 3 over a remake.

    Et cetera…

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Mike

    Halo 1 HD over pretty much everything else.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. manamana

    Did I mention SWBF3? No? It’s because I forgot totally about my beloved Battlefront franchise …

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Gheritt White

    Halo:CE in the Halo: Reach engine, plz!

    #18 4 years ago
  19. orakaa

    @7 : yeah, whatever… I had a dozen of games on my original XBOX… and NONE of them were compatible with the 360 (amongst them were Otogi, KOTOR 1 and 2, Panzer Dragoon Orta, etc.)

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Blerk

    The KOTOR games were compatible, weren’t they?

    #20 4 years ago
  21. No_PUDding

    What he’s trying to say is the original Xbox didn’t have any games worth giving an HD rerelease.

    Apart from… Halo, Stranger’s Wrath and Chronicles of Riddick.

    2 of which are already well on their way in or done in HD.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Kuwabara

    mirosoft don’t specialise in games, all their(your) money goes to xbox live and kinnect.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. orakaa

    @ 20: I can assure you I have tried every single game I had (since my original XBOX died… just like my 360 recently…), and none of them were compatible, which really disappointed me at the time, and I had to DL KOTOR 1 and 2 for PC (as I already had BOUGHT the games, I wasn’t gonna pay for them again)

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Blerk

    Did you have your 360 connected to the ‘net? I seem to recall a bunch of them needed a downloadable update before they’d work.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. freedoms_stain

    Team ICO games were kinda hidden gems, the God of War games came right at the end of the PS2 lifespan and a lot of people ended up missing them.

    I never had an xbox, did it have any such games? I don’t really feel I missed anything from the xbox era I couldn’t get for like a couple of quid now on PC.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. manamana

    @oraka KOTOR 1 works just fine. You need to update your games on the 360 via net. Also check out this Wiki stuff.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. DaMan

    Ninja Gaiden Black. the definitive action title, remastered. ( that pos called Sigma with cheaper AI, a useless second character and crappy extra weapons doesn’t count).

    #27 4 years ago
  28. ensabahnur

    im just gonna add my point in which adds to everyone else.


    I will pay for an HD remake but i wouldnt pay for the original game in low res and no cheevos because it would be worth my time. I dont care if you have to put Prince of Persia on 3 different DVD’s, i could give a rats ass, ill take that hit cuz i know Microsoft is not supporting blu ray, but i still would like the chance to play it on my xbox, be it 1 or 4 dvd’s.

    Also agree with JonFE about making 343 do that so they can familiarize themselves with the engine.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. lexph3re

    @Retroid I’m curious do you comment on forums in digital foundry’s face offs?

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Psychotext

    @29: He’s a mod over there… so the answer to that should be fairly clear. :)

    #30 4 years ago
  31. LOLshock94

    odd fucking world strangers WRATH HD
    turok evolution HD
    timesplitters 2 HD
    urban chaos HD

    greatess thing ever

    #31 4 years ago

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