“Sony’s done a nice job” in digital space – Spencer

Saturday, 1 June 2013 13:34 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Microsoft Studios corporate vice-president Phil Spencer has promised the firm will release more digital hits on Xbox One along the lines of Minecraft. In fact, Spencer commended Sony on how it handles the digital space.

Speaking with OXM, Spencer said not every digital title has “got to look like Halo,” and smaller titles – or non- triple-A budget games if you will – have a place on the new console.

“I’m pretty proud of the work that we’ve done digitally over the last three to four years on Xbox 360,” he said. “Games like Castle Crashers, Limbo and Terraria right now – that game’s pretty fun. I do think it’s about quality in the end, managing our bandwidth and what we’re going to work on.

“I think Sony’s done a nice job of this. If you look over the last two years or so in that digital space. Journey was a fantastic game. I thought they did a really nice job and, you know, as a portfolio manager, it’s my job to figure out what you’re going to focus on.

“It definitely won’t be the case that everything’s got to look like Halo. We’ll have smaller titles. I think that’s really core to how games get created today, and our platform is really going to be well positioned to support those kinds of games and services.”

Spencer said earlier this week that something big will be announced at E3 next month for Xbox 360, and that the console “is going to be very vibrant for many years.”

“In fact, we have a huge, I think it’s huge, [Xbox 360] announcement for E3 that I keep wanting to talk about, but I can’t,” he said.

Xbox One is expected sometime this year, and Microsoft will talk all about games – it’s promised – during its E3 presentation on June 10.

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