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

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

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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.

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31 Comments

  1. Mike

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

    I’d buy 10 copies.

    Do it MS.

    #1 5 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 5 years ago
  3. Retroid

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

    Well done! :D

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Blerk

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

    #4 5 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
    /runs

    #5 5 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 5 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.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Xbox_games_compatible_with_Xbox_360

    #7 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 years ago
  11. RETARDED VIKING

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

    #11 5 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 5 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 5 years ago
  14. Madeira

    @12

    Riddick.

    #14 5 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 5 years ago
  16. Mike

    Halo 1 HD over pretty much everything else.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. manamana

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

    #17 5 years ago
  18. Gheritt White

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

    #18 5 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 5 years ago
  20. Blerk

    The KOTOR games were compatible, weren’t they?

    #20 5 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 5 years ago
  22. Kuwabara

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

    #22 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 years ago
  28. ensabahnur

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

    THIS IS BULLSHIT!!!

    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 5 years ago
  29. lexph3re

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

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Psychotext

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

    #30 5 years ago
  31. LOLshock94

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

    greatess thing ever

    #31 5 years ago

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    GAME has announced two exclusive versions of Halo 5: Guardians, and both are now available for pre-order exclusively through one of the retail chain’s 318 stores or online. The £79.99 Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians, which delivers new digital content wrapped in a steel book. There’s also the £199.99 Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector’s Edition […]

  • Deals with Gold: Far Cry 4, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Bioshock Infinite, more

    Microsoft has announced its latest Deals with Gold discounts for Xbox Live Gold members. Franchises on sale include Far Cry, Call of Duty, along with individual titles Assassin’s Creed Unity and Bioshock Infinite. The full list is below. Bioshock Infinite discounts are available for both Xbox Live Gold and Silver members. Xbox One Far Cry […]

  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has released, watch the launch trailer here

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has launched on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. You can watch the launch trailer for it below. Boxed copies in Europe arrive from May 15, and in Australia/New Zealand on May 14. You can grab digital copies from the following online services: Steam, PlayStation Network, Xbox Store.

  • GOG’s online service GOG Galaxy is now in open beta

    GOG Galaxy, the DRM-free online gaming platform from the folks at GOG, has left Alpha and is now in open beta for all to try. As previously announced, the online service, similar to Steam, is option. Players do not need to play online as all games are stored by the service and can be played […]

  • DayZ-inspired Goat Simulator DLC GoatZ is out this week on Steam

    Goat Simulator players can download DayZ-inspired DLC this week called GoatZ. According to Coffee Stain Studios, GoatZ is “the only survival game on Steam that isn’t in Early Access.” Jokingly of course. The DLC features: Mandatory crafting system because everyone else is doing it. Zombies that bug out. There’s a pun here about actual living […]

  • No, Far Cry 4 is not currently free on PSN

    You may have seen a few Tweets from people saying that the PS4 version of Far Cry 4 is available to download from PSN for free. This is not true. A few readers have tipped us off to what looked like a glitch on PSN that allowed players to download the full version of Far […]

  • Metal Gear Solid: The 1984 Collection confirmed to be a clothing line

    Konami is teasing a Metal Gear Solid thing called “The 1984 Collection.” The Metal Gear Solid Facebook page posted this image about an hour ago: The caption reads, “Step back into the 80′s with our new MGS collection coming very soon! Stay tuned!” This is supposedly in reference to the clothing line that was announced […]

  • Portal, The Simpsons, Jurassic World & Scooby Doo packs listed for Lego Dimensions

    Lego Dimensions is likely getting a few unannounced content packs. One of which is themed around Valve’s Portal. A set of unannounced content packs for the upcoming Lego Dimensions have been revealed by US retailer Walmart. The listings include packs for The Simpsons, Scooby Doo and Jurassic World, and most interestingly, Portal. The listings have […]

  • This is the most authentic recreation of GTA 2 in real life ever

    Affordable drones have many uses. Most of them are not nearly as exciting as recreating GTA 2 in real life. I am surprised it took us this long, but someone has finally captured footage using a drone that resembles the protagonist’s experience in the classic GTA 2. These aren’t just shots of cars from a […]

  • PlayStation 4 sales reach 2m in the UK

    Sony has sold 2 million PlayStation 4 consoles in the UK, faster than it did with the PlayStation 2 – the company’s best-selling machine in the country. MCVUK is reporting that as of last weekend, 2 million PlayStation 4s have been sold in the UK. The data is based on GfK Chart-Track estimates. This makes […]

  • H1Z1 gets female characters, skin colour options planned

    In an effort to improve diversity in the game, H1Z1 developer has added female characters. Female survivors can now be found throughout the world of H1Z1. Developer Daybreak added the new feature in a patch released last Friday. You will be able to choose a female avatar in the main game and in Battle Royale. […]

  • Possible teaser site for Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi’s new game opens

    Either Castlevania creator Koji “IGA” Igarashi is working on a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter for his new game, or someone is pulling an elaborate prank. At PAX Prime last year, during Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 panel, a flyer was handed out to attendees that showed what appeared to be a 2D game of some sort with […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for May 5: Heroic and Nightfall strikes detailed

    Tuesday is here and Destiny’s weekly reset is also here. Bungie announced that your weekly Destiny grind has now begun. The Nightfall and Heroic strikes are now live too. This week’s strike is Winter’s Run. Rainbow burn is back for the Nightfall, which means you do more damage with all elemental weapons, but also receive […]

  • PC version of Project Cars delayed in Australia due to severe weather

    Recent weather conditions in Sydney, Australia are responsible for a slight delay of the PC version of Project Cars in the country. Sydney recently suffered from storms that caused flooding in some areas. One of those is the place where publisher Namco Bandai was storing PC copies of Project Cars. The stock was “severely damaged,” […]

  • Twitch’s new process makes it easier for streamers to appeal flagged content

    Twitch has updated its appeals process concerning videos that have been flagged by the audio ID system. Towards the end of last year, Twitch introduced a new audio recognition system that scans archived streams and automatically mutes the audio whenever copyright music is identified. The system has been in-use ever since and Twitch has today […]

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has a day one patch, but it’s not a major one

    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will indeed have a day one patch, to make the first-time experience as smooth as possible. Like many modern games, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have its day one patch. According to the developer however, it wasn’t born out of necessity. Miles Tost, level designer at developer CD Projekt […]

  • CoD: Advanced Warfare owners get free pistol today

    Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games is adding a new pistol to the game, free to all players. The M1 Irons is a new pistol that comes to Advanced Warfare starting today. The weapon is offered as a thank you gift from the developer. Sledgehammer says the Irons is good at range and packs a punch. […]

  • Fall down the Skullgirls Big Band music video rabbit hole with me

    Skullgirls is a pretty amazing fighting game, but did you know it’s also a passable music creation suite? Earlier today I was idly perusing an episode of PlayStation Underground showing off Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a re-release of the indie fighter packing in loads of new features and coming to PS4 – with full cross-play! – […]

  • The many uses of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood’s pipe weapon

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood adds a sick new weapon to BJ’s arsenal: a pipe. In Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a pipe is not just a pipe. Not only can you bash nazis with it, you can use it to climb walls, reach hatches, and even break through some walls. Plus? You can dual wield it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat X teaser gives first look at Predator

    Mortal Kombat X’s next celebrity guest was teased during the latest Kast. Today’s Mortal Kombat X Kast was mostly about all about Jason, but also included a very brief nod to Predator. You can watch the full livestream to see the tease in situ if you’re really keen, but IGN shared this convenient edit: There’s […]

  • Rock Band 4 has count-ins, drum fills and vocal harmonies

    Rock Band 4 will more closely emulate the feeling of being a real musician with some neat personalisation touches. For Rock Band 4, Harmonix elected to double down on player ownership of their experience rather than technical precision. To this end, it has implemented a number of cool new features. I am wildly envious of […]

  • Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z, Lost Planet 3 developer shuttered

    Spark Unlimited has gone down with all hands. The Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z and Lost Planet 3 developer has been shuttered and all staff laid off. Chief technical officer John Butrovich confirmed the news in a statement issued to IGN. “Spark Unlimited is closing as a video game developer. The ongoing opportunities for smaller mobile […]

  • PS Now subscription available on PlayStation 3 this month, Vita coming soon

    PlayStation Now’s all you can eat service has finally been dated for PS3. Subscriptions to PS Now, Sony’s cloud-based gaming service, will be available on PS3 from May 12 in the US. The all you can eat package will also be made available on select Bravia TVs and Sony Blu-ray players on the same date. […]

  • GTA 5 is even better with a gravity gun

    GTA 5 modders have made a dream come true, adding a gravity gun to your arsenal of mayhem-causing weaponry. GTA 5 isn’t ready for this. It looks like a heck of a lot of fun, but the poor old Los Santos po po can’t deal with the resulting carnage at all. If Rockstar were ever […]

  • “Mod makers should be able to make money from their creations,” says DOOM creator

    DOOM co-creator John Romero has weighed in on the paid mods debate. Paid mods are a hot issue right now. For years, Valve has been enabling content creators to make money from their work on Counter-strike: Global offensive, Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2, but when it partnered with Bethesda to offer the same for […]

  • Watch WRC driver Kevin Abbring smash through a DIRT Rally challenge

    WRC driver Kevin Abbring has been participating in Dirt Rally’s daily events – and kicking ass. Dirt Rally seems to have ticked one of the most difficult to attain boxes of racing development – creating something professional drivers like to play, and which rewards their years of experience. Codemasters published the video below showing Hyundai […]

  • Mortal Kombat X patch to bring PC version up to console standard

    Mortal Kombat X PC will be fixed tomorrow, NetherRealm has promised. The PC version of Mortal Kombat X has come under fire for poor performance, including stuttering frame rate and bugs as plenty. About 45 minutes into a recent Twitch stream, NetherRealm boss Ed Boon said an update will drop tomorrow to address many of […]

  • Destiny House of Wolves: all new Crucible maps detailed

    Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC will add four new maps to the Crucible, the game’s competitive multiplayer mode. Let’s take a look at all of them. Alex brings you new footage showing all of the four maps that will drop with House of Wolves. He goes over the layout, landmarks, gameplay styles, and other important […]

  • Custom Xbox One Star Wars controllers look very tempting

    Microsoft is celebrating May 4 by showing off concept designs for Star Wars-themed Xbox One controllers. May 4 is of course Star Wars Day and the controller concepts you’re about to see are just that, concepts. Or at least that’s what they said they are. There are four designs and they don’t look very practical. […]

  • Project Cars launch trailer is an anthology of race cars, set to the beats of Deadmau5

    Project Cars comes out this week and there’s just enough time for one last trailer. Project Cars, Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious racer that has been in development for ages, is finally coming out this week. The racer received plenty of changes throughout its development based on community feedback and the final product will be in […]