This is why there were no Windows PC games at E3 2014

Friday, 13th June 2014 10:30 GMT By Dave Cook

Microsoft had a far-brighter E3 than it did last year, but where were all the Windows PC games? Allow Xbox boss Phil Spencer to explain it to you.

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Speaking of Spencer, he just confirmed that this Microsoft destruction engine demo released in April was actually gameplay from Crackdown Xbox One. Go have a look, it’s a bit nuts.

Speaking with Polygon, Spencer explained why there was a lack of Windows PC and Windows Phone games on the E3 2014 show floor, and during its conference.

“I’m head of gaming at Microsoft,” he reminded us. “When we’re doing gaming strategy, gaming focus inside the company, that’s my job. I think in a lot of ways, you could argue gaming on Windows has never been more healthy in that the biggest of the big franchises, League of Legends, World of Tanks, those things dwarf a lot of what we’re doing in this console space in terms of users and monetization. They’re all on PC.”

He added, “E3′s a retail show. It’s a retail show, it’s a console show, so it didn’t really feel like the right place for us to talk about Windows, but Windows and gaming on Windows is critical to Microsoft’s success.”

When asked where the right place would be for Windows PC games to be showcased, Spencer noted that games like League of Legends have their own championships and big eSports events. He suggested that there could be a platform at those fixtures to give Windows PC titles a chance to shine.

“For us, E3 is a console show and an Xbox show,” he concluded, “and for us as Microsoft, Xbox is our gaming brand, and it’s the thing we can fill an arena like this, we get millions of people to watch us on TV and we show our games and it’s a brand that people care about.”

Do you think that approach might work? Let us know what you think below.



  1. Game Hunter

    “E3 was an Xbox show”THEN WERE THE FUCK WAS XBOX 360?it’s still an Xbox,remember? fucking liars.

    #1 6 months ago
  2. BULArmy

    A lot of words, but nothing was said, again. MS for years said they will put new games on PC, but except for the decent AoE Online and the terrible Flight and Fable 3, they are not doing anyhing. The HD rereleases of AoE2, AoM and RoN is not the thing we want. MS have such great franchises that they could do on PC without that being any damngaer to the Xbox. Do NEW and freh AoE, RoN, hardcore Flight Simulator, Chrimson Skies(that can even be ofn the XBone).

    #2 6 months ago
  3. Game Hunter

    It’s settled. I’m done with Xbox.if they plan to “support XBOne for x years”at the end of this generation and repeat the same shit again,then sorry,PlayStation is way better than that.PSOne proved it,PS2 proved it and PS3 is proving it by having 4 great exclusives in 2013,were Xbox 360 only had 1.I invest in a console because they last for a very long time.was planning to get an X1 after buying a PS4,but it was just replaced with a gaming rig.

    #3 6 months ago
  4. Ghostly

    well fuck you too, microsoft. what did i ever do to you. you can take the xbox and shove it up your ass

    #4 6 months ago
  5. Panthro

    None from Microsoft maybe, but plenty elsewhere.

    At E3 anyway, plenty of developers on PC don’t go there, its a console show for console gamers.

    #5 6 months ago
  6. Darkfield

    Microsoft. Microsoft never changes.
    Sony waged war to gather Gamers and wealth. Activision built an empire from its lust for gold and territory. EA shaped a battered company into an economic superpower.

    But Microsoft never changes.

    - Narrated by Ron Pirlman

    #6 6 months ago
  7. Darkfield

    @Darkfield Perlman*

    PS: Is it so hard to put an Edit button? is it?!

    #7 6 months ago
  8. pukem0n

    easy answer: because nobody cares

    #8 6 months ago
  9. TheWulf

    That’s exactly what I said!! :I

    E3 has always been a retail show, for consoles, marketing, and herdies. Complaining about a lack of PC presence at E3 is like complaining about a lack of fun game jams for console platforms. The two aren’t even related. They never have been. I don’t understand why this would be at all confusing to anyone — as a PC owner, I don’t buy based on marketing or anything like that. I buy things I actually want, based upon their own merits. E3 has no place for someone like me.

    The E3 is about consoles, retail, big screens, noisy adverts, sleazy salespeople, and in the past, booth babes. It’s a very extroverted outing, designed to condition people into believing that they want things that they don’t. That’s a very console thing. When has the PC ever needed any of that noise?

    #9 6 months ago
  10. fearmonkey

    bbbbaaaalllooonnneeeyy! – Bring the Masterchief collection to the PC at a later point, and I’ll start to believe you.. Valve saved PC gaming when MS was content to let it die or at least greatly fade.
    PC’s have come back in a big way MS, ignore at your peril!

    #10 6 months ago
  11. Game Hunter

    @fearmonkey That’s a brilliant idea.make a petition about Microsoft bringing Master Chief collection to PC lol.but seriously, that won’t happen.because you know,Microsoft.

    #11 6 months ago
  12. Jerykk

    There were plenty of Windows PC games at E3. The vast majority of games were multiplatform and the vast majority of those will also be appearing on PC.

    Dead Island 2
    Dying Light
    Dead Rising 3
    Shadow of Mordor
    Assassin’s Creed Unity
    Arkham Knight
    No Man’s Sky
    Call of Duty Advanced Warfare
    Witcher 3
    Mortal Kombat X
    Oddworld: New ‘n Tasty
    Rise of the Tomb Raider
    The Crew
    The Division
    Rainbow Six: Siege
    Project Spark
    Alien: Isolation
    Battlefield: Hardline
    Homefront: The Revolution
    Lords of the Fallen
    Risen 3
    The Evil Within
    Far Cry 4
    Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
    Dragon Age: Inquisition
    Sniper Elite V3

    The list goes on and on. PC is very well-represented at E3. It may not have its own official press conference but most of the games shown at the console conferences will inevitably arrive on PC as well.

    #12 6 months ago

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