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Microsoft’s focus will remain away from PC games

Thursday, 23rd May 2013 00:13 GMT By Naren Hooson

Microsoft has announced 15 exclusive games coming to the Xbox One in its first year but PC gamers aren’t likely to see all of that content. When asked about Microsoft’s Window’s 8 gaming strategy, Matt Booty, general manager of Redmond Game Studios and Platforms, said, “We have got everything from very, very casual games, like our very much improved and reimagined Solitaire, all the way to graphically complicated games like The Harvest.”

When asked more specifically about AAA games such to Gears of War and whether Microsoft’s focus is on the lower-end, from a first party perspective, he responded, “We’re talking about console games, but there could be some franchises that also end up with a PC game, when I think about more connected experiences across those platforms, it’s things that show up within that family of devices where we’ve got Xbox Live, like Windows Phone and Windows 8,” and “not what you might consider a more traditional desktop PC game.”

Therefor, the content we will see on PC may not be what we expect. Courtesy of Shacknews.

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  1. macronia

    that’s not new from Micro

    #1 11 months ago
  2. MadFlavour

    I’ve spotted a typo. It’s in the headline, between “from” and “games”. Finger must have slipped.

    #2 11 months ago
  3. TheWulf

    Again, they overstate their necessity. What have they actually done that’s memorable and not just popcorn entertainment tripe? The games I want to play are on the PC, and I can’t say I really care about things like Halo.

    Plus, indies are constantly flocking from the 360, finding that they make more on the PC than they did on the consoles even with the exclusivity deals, since the audience isn’t really there for indies on the 360. It’s better on the PlayStation, but the 360 tends to not have that demographic at all. I doubt the Xbox One will be any different.

    I don’t really understand what they think we’d be missing out on. The PC and the XBox 360 are completely different audiences. It’s like a producer of mindless action films (a la Michael Bay) saying that they’re closing their doors to comedy/drama fans who have no interest in their films, anyway.

    #3 11 months ago
  4. Erthazus

    As if we need your stupid games on our desktop PC’s Microsoft. You already showed your support with Games For Windows Live and Halo. No.One.Gives.A.Flying.Fuck.

    Keep your TV, Sports and Carl On Duty on your VHS player with specs from 2008. We don’t need that trash on the PC. You should make exclusive deal with Activision about that casual shooter, really.

    #4 11 months ago
  5. Logion

    Makes me sad to hear really. Hopefully the publishers will still release a lot of their titles for PC. Like Battlefield 4, Watch Dogs and Assassins Creed IV.

    #5 11 months ago
  6. HauntaVirus

    My focus will remain away from Microsoft.

    #6 11 months ago
  7. ChandlerL

    *shrug* No change on this front. I don’t believe it will affect the plans of the various publishers given PC gaming’s current resurgence along with its re-establishment as the development platform for PC _and_ console gaming.

    #7 11 months ago
  8. freedoms_stain

    I think the PC gaming market is better off without Microsoft’s direct interference.

    I think the best we can hope for is that they do nothing to hinder the PC as a gaming platform.

    Ideally I’d like to see GFWL become a legacy service too…

    #8 11 months ago
  9. Phoenixblight

    @10

    Because they don’t already have direct “interference” with the OS being 90% of the market, all game developers using Direct X. or developing games with C# which was made by Microsoft. I can go on but you get the gist.

    #9 11 months ago
  10. GwynbleiddiuM

    Microsoft is like a dog chasing a car, it doesn’t what to do with one it ever catches one. Each generation they find themselves a competition, they see something that they think they can do better than others and regardless of how much investment it takes and what the outcome will be they pursuit it. With Xbox they wanted to outperform PlayStation, with Zune they wanted to go after iPod, with Windows 8, they wanted to defeat iOS and Android, with Surface they wanted to be the iPad, and now with Xbox One they want to replace the VCR. And while they’re at any of these crusades other portions of their business ends up hurting because the focus is always somewhere else.

    I have no problem with them being ambitious, no. It’s their lack of interest in ripping what they sow afterwards and it usually ends up hurting other people’s business as well. They keep shifting focus, and I’m sure even if what they achieve what they want to achieve with Xbox One they end up finding themselves a new car to chase after and losing interest in the one they just caught.

    #10 11 months ago
  11. Christopher Jack

    @12, That’s a cuntish thing to say, I don’t think anyone else want Intel & Nvidia to have monopolies.

    #11 11 months ago
  12. runbmp

    I don’t think this it much news, Microsoft hasn’t really done anything grand in the last few years with PC gaming.

    The games that do push gaming are using Direct X 11 api’s and usually by smaller studios with better engines. A4 ( Metro Last Light ) comes to mind..

    #11Phoenixblight, Most xbox games still work within the confines of DX9 and PS3 manages with OpenGL to produce similar effects. The transition isn’t as complicated once you take DX11 in mind. The release of DX11 games are very few and always on PC.

    If anything, given PS4 is now a closer build to the PC and Steam is trying to push to towards linux/steam box. I think developers will see a benefit in developing a game for PS4 and PC with Open GL, knowing the Steam box (linux) / PC and PS4 userbase can access with minimal code rewrite.

    #12 11 months ago
  13. Joe_Gamer

    Microsoft is the abusive spouse that we just can’t get away from…

    #13 11 months ago
  14. Mjorh

    MS my ass !
    Buncha shitty games 4 xboxshit , nobody anticipatin’em!
    MS sux at exclusives !

    #14 11 months ago
  15. Vice

    That sounds same to me as if they’d say: “Dear PC gamers, should you, however unlikely it is, at some time in the future decide to purchase a console, please go with Playstation”.

    #15 11 months ago
  16. deadstoned

    Microsoft doesnt give a shit about us, so we don’t give a shit about them. Sony releases more games for PC than Microsoft. Yey planetside 2! Fuck Microshit’s Age of Empires Online and Flight Online GFWL crap. WTF were they thinking!? Ohh wait… They weren’t. They are incapable of “good” ideas for PC gaming and Xbox gaming from the looks of last night.

    #16 11 months ago
  17. roadkill

    You guys really don’t get it. What MS is trying to do is butcher the PC gaming community. They started with Windows 8. The point of this is to move everyone to Xbox where games are insanely expensive and where they have total control over your environment. Now it remains to be seen how smart this community really is.

    #17 11 months ago
  18. Da Man

    With Xbox they wanted to outperform PlayStation, with Zune they wanted to go after iPod, with Windows 8, they wanted to defeat iOS and Android, with Surface they wanted to be the iPad, and now with Xbox One they want to replace the VCR
    Playstation is a tad bit millions out of line in there… They ‘ve already reached PS1 numbers at the same point.

    #18 11 months ago
  19. redwood

    @18 lol :D that’s suave.

    #19 11 months ago