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


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.