Microsoft Haven’t Meaningfully Increased Their First Party Xbox One Games Investment: Insider

The Xbox division has “a focus on cost controls and profitability”.

Posted By | On 23rd, Jul. 2017 Under News | Follow This Author @Shubhankar2508


That their first party isn’t even close to being strong enough to compete against their competitors Sony and Nintendo has always been one of the most common criticisms levelled at Microsoft. Recently, Phil Spencer confirmed that Microsoft would be allocating extra funding to strengthen that area, just as they’d earlier done with their hardware division and with Xbox Live. According to new information, though, that isn’t actually going to happen.

An industry insider known on NeoGAF as “Matt” has reported that Microsoft haven’t made any meaningful upgrades to their investments of their general focus toward building and developing a stronger first party lineup. You’d expect that with the Xbox One lagging severely behind the PS4 in sales, and with the Switch catching up, Microsoft might want to do everything in its power to change that. “Microsoft is not meaningfully increasing their investments in or focus on first party. That could change, I would love for that to change, but it hasn’t,” the insider stated.

However, as per the insidre, it has been unable to done so because the Xbox division of Microsoft does not have a blank check as far as making new IPs goes. The Xbox division has “a focus on cost controls and profitability”. What also hasn’t helped is the fact that Microsoft’s first party this games this generation have not performed as well as they’d hoped. “Their software efforts have underperformed this gen, and the Xbox division doesn’t have a blank check to do whatever they want. They have a focus on cost controls and profitability. Spending a lot on game dev doesn’t fit into that in their view,” he further added.

As usual, take this information with a grain of salt. Phil Spencer did mention around E3 that there was more from Microsoft in the pipeline, and while that doesn’t seem in line with this report, there’s every chance we might hear something from Microsoft in the near future. The question is, will it be more of Halo and Gears of War, or can we expect more new franchises? Not that more Halo and Gears would be a bad thing, but the latter option would be preferable. It remains to be seen.

[Sources:NeoGAF  1, 2]


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  • Evil_Annie_2015

    Vita games are mobile quality…That’s the answer…hehe

    As for AAAs you better ask MS for HW2 budget because they even bundled the game which only happens with AAAs..:)

    Also, I only care about AAAs that’s why I’m having a field day with you because Sony only releases ONE per year…but you can always prove the opposite if you can find two more PS AAAs for this year…hurry! 🙂

  • Evil_Annie_2015

    And yet at the end of the year PS loses 3-1…:)

  • Evil_Annie_2015

    Sony fanboys always push the buttons of my entertainment when they become sitting ducks due to their poor logic. I’m a happy camper as long as MS keeps the games coming, you on the other hand are an unhappy troll just because Sony doesn’t have games for you…:)

    “Or was the fact that it only took uncharted 4 a week to outsell halo?”

    Unless they sold U4 for $150 each, I don’t see how it reached those $400M of Halo 5…:)

  • Evil_Annie_2015

    You will need to divide HZD by 7 to fight HW2, Crackdown 3, and FM7…:)

    So you better find two more PS AAAs ar you lose 3-1…hurry! 😉

    • QUIMICOMORTAL

      Is so superior than even a 7th of the game is better than HW2! LOL combine that with the other AAAs and the more than 20 exclusives availabe right now and your defeat is undeniable!

      I would tell you to hurry to get any xbone exclusives AAA or not, but as you have stablished, there are NONE! LMAO

      I play while you wait!

    • Evil_Annie_2015

      Remember, numbers will not change as long as you cannot come up with two more PS AAAs, and that’s what has your blood boiling..:)

      So, you either hurry to find those two missing PS AAAs or Sony loses one more this year….So hurry!…:)~

    • QUIMICOMORTAL

      Wrong as always! PS4 AAA, indie and remaster exclusives have been improving all year! while the sbone one…well.. you are #stilwaitingforANYTHING!

      LOL I play while you wait! you lost a long time ago!

    • Evil_Annie_2015

      The magic number for you is 3, so you still have two more to go and five months left, so hurry!…:)

    • QUIMICOMORTAL

      The magic nummber is more than 20 vs just one! LMAO

      the magic phrase is : I play while you wait!

    • Evil_Annie_2015

      Then take your number against Apple fans. They surely have more games than you with the same quality..hehe

  • Evil_Annie_2015

    Don’t be angry with me because you refuse to think logically. Your rants and kindergarten argument are just entertianment for me. What you need to do to help your desperation is to find two more PS AAAs or Sony loses once again in 2017….hehe

    Oh, you also need to fund a clear report from Sony about U4 sales. Rememebr standalone and bundled copies sold, or we will considered 6M given for free. See? You have a lot of work to do trying to defend PS’s shortcomings…:0)

    • QUIMICOMORTAL

      Awww are you so angry cause a kindergarten has moped the floor with you all year?
      cause there are more than 20 ps4 exclusives better than your ONLY mediocre one? cause the best xbox lineup ever was beaten by a remaster? or because Uncharted 4 destroyed halo 5 in just one week?

      Probably, all of the above! LMAO

      I play while you wait!

    • Evil_Annie_2015

      Well, As I told you, the war of cheap games is something exclusive to the Sony Fanboys because that’s all they have. You throw in Vita and PS3 games just because you’ve been stuck with HZD for 15 months and Sony has nothing else…It’s not my fault that MS has THREE AAAs for this year…:)~

      See? You have a lot of work to do, and alot of time as well before Sony release their only yearly AAA…hehe

    • QUIMICOMORTAL

      LMAO they arent cheap, their budget is more than 5 times the one from HW2 remeber? lol but more importantly, I have been playing while you have been ONLY waiting all year! flawless victory!

      Now, you havent answered what hurts more, That I have moped the floor with you all year?
      that there are more than 20 ps4
      exclusives better than your ONLY mediocre one? cause the best xbox
      lineup ever was beaten by a remaster? or because Uncharted 4 destroyed
      halo 5 in just one week?

      #evilannielost

    • Evil_Annie_2015

      Well, the fact that all look the same and are still Vita and Ps3 titles simoly proves my point. Yout can cry all you want but your lack of AAAs is all Sony’s fault…:)

      Now, tell us what those 20 PS AAAs are? I ask becaus eI want to have a good time with your list of cheap japanese games and HZD as the only AAA title…..;)~

      Oh, and is Sony charging money for U4 now?…hehe

    • QUIMICOMORTAL

      Too bad for you thats only your opinion that even you cant prove!

      the facts are that you have only one mediocre game while ps4 has
      had many AAA, indies and remaster exclusives all year, that have better
      scores and sales than your mediocre game! and there is nothing you can do to prove that wrong!

      You are jealous cause you wait while I play!

    • Evil_Annie_2015

      Persona 5 (PS3), Gravity Rush 2 (Vita)….Is that just my opinion? 🙂

      I already proved your arguments over scores to be incorrect when I gave your cheap japanese games a ZERO score, what else do you need? 🙂

  • Evil_Annie_2015

    And you are jealous that Xbox has more AAAs than PS since you have been locked to HZD only with no way out and the clock ticking to another PS loss for this year…:)

  • Evil_Annie_2015

    And I play More AAAs while you cry because I make fun of your army of 8-bit games…:0)

  • Evil_Annie_2015

    GR was a Vita title ported to the Ps4, so it’s not my fault that Sony did the same with GR2 but decided to ignore Vita thsi time just to trick the low IQ Sony fanboys. Just look at you. Also, Persona5 remains PS3 and both games have cheap an ugly graphics like the rest of the japanese games you desperately want to list just because PS has nothing else besides HzD…:)

    So, My advice is to get help from all your personalities in the search of those two missing PS AAAs before the year ends. You can also search for a new U4 sales report or you will continue losing that argument as well so hurry! …:)

    • QUIMICOMORTAL

      Your excuse is lame! Your comment is ignorant, and you are just a plain stupid liar.

      I play while you wait! That’s a fact! Only question is: what hurts more, That I have moped the floor with you all year?
      that there are more than 20 ps4 
      exclusives better than your ONLY mediocre one? That the best xbox 
      lineup ever was beaten by a remaster? or because Uncharted 4 destroyed halo 5 in just one week?

  • QUIMICOMORTAL

    OUCH! that @evil_annie_2o15:disqus finally got tired of liying and getting his bum kicked that he ran away AGAIN!

    Sucks to be an x bot and not having a single AAA exclusive this year!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c90c1e802647ec6e06aa1d39b156db19a70d6c2ced73ece4e9dc313f2060d8f9.jpg

    #evilannieisjealous


 

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