Gears of War Creator Isn’t Sold On Xbox One Scorpio

“Is Microsoft going full Sega now?”

Posted By | On 17th, Jun. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


Cliff Bleszinski

Cliff Bleszinksi, the creator of Gears of War, has never been one for diplomacy. if there is something on his mind, something that he feels strongly about, he makes it known- tact be damned. So it should come as no surprise that, in spite of his previous association with Microsoft, he is apparently not a fan of Xbox One, and he is making that loud and clear.

Speaking to Kotaku, he discussed how schizophrenic the entire strategy seemed to him. “Is Microsoft going full Sega 32x and Mega CD right now?” he said. “I think it’s weird. The way the branding’s going, it feels like the way Mercedes name their cars in the United States, y’know; the S class! The SOK! The SK! Which fucking one is this? Consumers only have enough time and attention for that. It’s like dude, are you trying to turn the Xbox into a PC? What’s going on right now?”

He feels as though the Scorpio may just be an ‘apology move’ from Microsoft’s part to make up for what he feels has been a less than stellar showing from then with the Xbox One. “I think it feels like an apology move for them for not making the console as powerful as it should have been in favor of making sure the Kinect was boxed in with it. So now they have to play catch-up. In a way, you can trace this all the way back to their well-intended E3 from a few years ago — where they were trying to go fully digital, etcetera, etectera, and the internet backlash made them back pedal.”

He concluded with his thoughts on the entire thing- and honestly, he seems to be one of the people who simply aren’t sold on this idea: “Look, I have a lot of friends over there so I wouldn’t criticize them unless I was pretty positive about it…If Phil Spencer was here right now I’d tell him he back peddled to his face. And he’d say “you’re a dick, but you’re right!”

I imagine he feels similarly abut the PS4 NEO as well, and would have similarly strong thoughts about that if asked about that. It’s a shame, because I feel a response like this is myopic- I truly feel that iterative console hardware is the future of gaming consoles. The sooner everyone sees that and jumps in, the better it will be for everyone.


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  • Eugene

    So what’s wrong with building a more powerful system?

    • Mark

      I don’t get Cliffy. Even if Microsoft’s “backpedalling”, how’s this a bad thing? In my world, most people would easily accept an apology for being wronged. Lol

    • lagann

      Agreed. I dont see anything wrong with ms saying “look we messed up with x1…heres the scorpio as our apology”. Does Cliff want ms to continue with the mistakes of x1? As an xbox fan, if phil hadnt taken over and started righting the ship (backpedaling)…i would have had a ps4 instead of x1 right now.

    • Mark

      I was saying this bak in 2014, that Phil just needed 2 years, & his impact as head of Xbox will be felt….and dam it is.

    • Doggystyle

      Yeah, you’re feeling his impact. He sold you a lemon and now he’s about to sell you another more poweful lemon, but since it’s being marketed as ‘more powerful’, you think it’s an orange. Its still gonna be a lemon.

    • Mark

      So if the Scorpio’s a lemon, what’s the NEO? And if ur a PC guy, next holiday the Scorpio will rank as a medium tier PC minimum….I don’t get ur defenition of a lemon. No exclusives? Maybe that’s what u meant.

    • Troy Marcel

      he’s just being a typical fanboy running scared that the sony neo is going to be underpowered when its released at the end of the year.

    • Troy Marcel

      like the PSVR being used on the vanilla ps4 that developers say cant handle it. You are the delutional sony fanboy

  • Eugene

    Microsoft is just giving us what we want. Options.

    • Riggybro

      There is a tipping point though.

      I think people like Bleszinksi who are showing concern about the Neo/Scorpio situation are looking more at the big picture market of consumers.

      Not that the situation is directly comparable but the video game crash in the 80s illustrates that there is a limit to what consumers can take. And it’s not just as simple as “more options is best” or “if you don’t like it don’t buy it”.

      I think the XB1 launch and subsequent sales fallout has shown how consumers can punish you if you mis-step.

    • PCMR Truth™ #BlockMeIWin

      Or Cliffy is right and people are going to PC instead. Consoles are obsolete. PC Gaming is the future. PS4 Neo flopped before it even came out. LOL

    • Doggystyle

      You’re so jealous of console gamers, that you’re embarrassing yourself every single day. How sad you are, little dude.

    • PCMR Truth™ #BlockMeIWin

      Console peasants destroyed this E3. Keep the tears coming, they are delicious

      Still no games on Starvestation 4 🙂

    • Doggystyle

      Microsoft is giving you what Sony forced them to give to you. Get a clue son.

  • PCMR Truth™ #BlockMeIWin

    Cliffy knows that PC always wins

    Consoles destroyed and obsolete

    • Doggystyle

      Awwwwww…,poor thing.

    • PCMR Truth™ #BlockMeIWin

      PC wins. Still no games on PS4 🙂

  • Eddie Battikha

    I’m a PlayStation guy and will admit I like what Phil Spencer did.

  • Psionicinversion

    Cliffy B wouldnt talk bad about the neo because sony give him a truck load of money for Lawbreakers. Hes a pathetic sell out.

    when these consoles are running 720p – 1080p high settings and below, minimal AA, missing shadows from everything, low population counts etc etc these consoles are bad for multiplats. Neo and scorpio will actually allow the games to be run as there intended. also any game that runs at 1080p on X1 can run at the same settings and framerate at 4K on the scorpio.

    • PCMR Truth™ #BlockMeIWin

      Still limited consoles. The Starvebox 4 Neo will be still garbage running games at 1080P 24FPS like the Starvebox 4 Vanilla.

      PC gaming just wins

    • Doggystyle

      Oh you poor adolescent with no one to talk to. No one to play with. How sad.

    • PCMR Truth™ #BlockMeIWin

      Starvebox 4 peasants with no games to play crying on forums. Meanwhile PC gets exclusives like Lawbreakers and the definitive version of every game released. How sad 🙂

    • d0x360

      Holy Christ will you shut up. I’m a pc gamer and I want to smack you in your juvenile face.

    • PCMR Truth™ #BlockMeIWin

      Starvebox 4 isn’t getting games and neither is xbone done 🙂

    • d0x360

      Yea it makes no sense. Cliff knows damn well when its released it wont be called xbox scorpio. Its an internal code name.

      He also ones the xbox one s is the slim and based on what MS said at the conference that message was pretty clear.

      Either cliff has lost how god damn mind or he’s acting like an idiot for team Sony.

      Forgetting all that …his new game looks bad based on what I saw coming out of e3. I watched a 16 min gameplay demo where the person spent most of their time running to the battle, getting there and floating around slowly and then getting killed while they tried to use that grapple to actually land on something. It was painful and I never expected to say that about a modern game from him.

  • Mr Xrat

    Oh no!!! I guess he’s a SMELLY SONY PONY now!!!!!!!

  • kee1haul

    Try read this: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well as iPhone 6s, iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone SE. But everyone loves Apple.

  • Sean Holt

    if this is the future of consoles the ps3 will be the last console i ever buy. i will just buy a decent pc and keep upgrading it will be a lot cheaper

  • Gabriel Porto

    The thing is, remember when we complained about our fathers and grandfathers that they were too resistant to change? We are acting like them right now.

    We grew up along with consoles and they are the same business that they were back in the 80s and 90s and 2000s and it molded our way to think. The world has changed so much and makes so much sense that the console market needed to evolve too, otherwise the market could face a risk of dying like other segments (hello music business).

  • Strike

    I’m not sure why the comparison to a vehicles is a bad thing. I think that’s a good move on MS part. Lets use Dodge as an example. If you look at it as a car brand you can say Xbox One S would be the Charger. This gets you were you wanna go with decent performance. You cough up the extra dough you move into the Challenger – more performance in a sleeker package. This would equate to the planned Xbox Scorpio. If you want the high end Viper, then pony up the cash and buy a high end custom gaming PC. MS allows customers to enter into the MS gaming ecosystem at a price point/capability they want. Xbox will make games work for all, depends how much you want to invest. Don’t forget that the Scorpio will only realize it’s full potential on a 4k tv/monitor. As for Cliff, no one cares what you think. Cliff is now in the pocket if Sony with exclusive content deal. He is obviously biased which makes his opinion mute.


 

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