We Are Increasing Our investment In First Party Games, Says Xbox Head Phil Spencer

“I don’t want to go and pre-announce a bunch of things, but we are upping our investment, there’s no doubt about that.”

Posted By | On 28th, Apr. 2017 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

Xbox has traditionally been extremely weak in first party games- it has some big franchises like Halo and Forza, sure, but on the whole, it is lacking in variety and new IPs, something that is being thrown into acute relief now that the mainstays of the Xbox brand are starting to feel run into the ground and tired.

Speaking to The Guardian, Xbox head Phil Spencer said that the company is absolutely increasing its investment in first party games- which may mean we can see more from Microsoft going forward. “Right now the focus is really on the content that we’re building,” he said. “I know I get some community pushback on our first-party [slate], and what position we’re in, and I want to say to people: that same level of commitment you felt from myself and from the team as we’ve evolved platform over the last three years – as we’ve evolved service over the last three years, as we’ve evolved and innovated hardware over the last three years – is going on with our first party. I don’t want to go and pre-announce a bunch of things, but we are upping our investment, there’s no doubt about that.”

That’s good to hear, because a lack of bankable exclusives and varied games has been Microsoft’s biggest problem against Sony and Nintendo in the last decade or so. Hopefully Spencer actually delivers with his promise.

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  • Luke Skywalker

    Sounds good to me. Looking forward to what they will have to offer when the time comes

  • Troy Marcel

    It’s long over due but welcomed none the less.

  • crazy_black_man-
    • EmpeRawD

      Before mommy and daddy tuck you in at night…do you pray to your almighty god Hirai that he is lying? Just wondering

    • crazy_black_man-

      After seeing the notification that somebody was writing a comment, it seems like I must have sat here and waited forever to see who was going to respond and then you took about 10 mins to reply something that stupid and lame?

      Cmon man. For all of our sakes….DO BETTER.

    • EmpeRawD

      So is that a yay or nay? You still seem to have trouble with my questions. Do you need me to repeat

    • crazy_black_man-

      Wait,…so you’re….ohhh snap. WOW.

    • Dougdec92

      Lol, that was cold bruh

    • Bamf

      You’re waiting at your computer for 10 minutes to see if someone responds?

      That stupid and lame, sad_white_girl.

    • Cypher-Unknown

      He knew someone was in the process of responding, hence he waited. Is reading really that hard for you?

    • crazy_black_man-

      Don’t mind him. His reading comprehension stalled out on him.

    • The average xbox gamer IQ is not that high is it?

      I guess that’s why all xbox games are dumbed down to halo forza gear every year.

      Face it.. the scorpio is the last console of your beloved xbox because after it’s flop everybody will forget about xbox and Scorpio.

      Only Sony and Nintendo will be standing in the console gaming arena.. Microsoft will be back to making flight simulators for the pc lol

    • crazy_black_man-

      I’m thinking its their last hardware investment too. It has to succeed or they’re done.

    • The only way the Scorpio would be interesting is if you can hook up your Oculus Rift or Vive to it and do VR. And i mean propper VR like on the PC..

    • If Hirai is a god he can lie and make it truth.

  • Riggybro

    He really needs to announce some concrete stuff this E3. The devout followers who have a religious-like faith in Phil are only a small market. He needs some console seller games this E3. Even if it’s just a diverse range of game trailers for 2018.

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  • Old Skool

    I hope they come out swinging with some new heavy hitters. Good competition keeps everyone on their toes and it’s good for us gamers as a whole.

    • crazy_black_man-

      So, Recore 2? Or are we talking a bit heavier than that?

      I’m just trying to wrap my head around this “competition” thing you spoke of, and exactly when its supposed to start. Dude, it’s been almost 4 years into this console gen, and when I read comments like yours after Sony just announced 60 million PS4s shipped with a goal of 78 million…when I read such optimistic comments like yours, I’m seriously trying not to laugh.

    • Mr Xrat

      Get hyped for the E3 reveal of ReCore: It’s Finished This Time We Promise Edition.

    • crazy_black_man-


    • Dougdec92


    • Hahah killed it brilliantly!!

    • Dougdec92

      Bro you need to bask in the sun, you’re sooo coldblooded… Lol

    • crazy_black_man-

      LOL. Relentlessness!

    • Hahah reptile style xD

    • It’s all lies bro.. sorry to dissapoint you. But microsoft is not the company you want to look at if you want to have quality heavy hitting games.

      Sony already owns the best game developing studios.. sorry again.

    • Old Skool

      Lol, I’m far from being disappointed bro……
      I own a PS4 Pro but it doesn’t stop me from wanting the competition to succeed neither. Like i said, good competition keeps everyone on their toes, which is good for US” the gamers.

    • Yeh but im not gonna buy a console like the Scorpio just because its good for competition. You can buy both if you have the cash.. but i think it’s a waste of money if u got a PS Pro.

    • Gamez Rule

      I agree, although MS hasn’t shown any competition towards Sony’s PS4 for a long time now.

    • Old Skool

      That’s definitely the truth but it would be nice if they had something else up their sleeves (games) besides raw power .
      Although i lean more towards the Sony side of things i still would like to see Microsoft surprise us with a variety of new good quality titles.

  • Dougdec92

    Where did I hear that before, yhhhh way before scalebound I suppose

  • crazy_black_man-

    “I don’t want to go and pre-announce a bunch of things, but we are upping our investment, there’s no doubt about that.”

    We don’t want you to put your integrity on the line any more than you have to Phil, in order to keep stringing the faithful community along.

    Please keep the misleading tweets and outright lies simple enough to avoid detection, and keep the interview replies as purposely vague as they have been in the past. The response has been great. The fanbase is absolutely eating it up.

    Remember, they love you man. You’re a celebrity, and you can do no wrong. These people are stupid Phil, so lets take em for every cent we can get!

    • Michael

      Don’t be scared, pony.

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    • He is confusing PS4 Pro excitement for fear.. xbox owners don’t know what ‘excitement’ is.

      They only know fear and dissapointment.

    • You know what i enjoy doing the most? Going to second hand store websites and watch 1000’s of ads of people trying to sell their Xbox one :)..

      Most people selling their Xbox One on second hand websites almost always complain about how they made a mistake and want to get a Playstation 4 because the Xbox one is not what they expected it to be.

      The Scorpio is no different.. looking forward to seeing the dissapointed Scorpio owners selling their consoles on scond hand websites by January 2018.

    • Gamez Rule

      There’s no need for both Scorpio & Xbone. As some people pointed out… “irony being Microsoft were trying to kill off the trade-in market with their initial Xbox one reveal,now they are hoping it will work to their advantage”…


    • Yes. Hope. Xbox/Microsoft always “Hoping”.

      Irony is nobody even wants a second handed xbox one. So people basically who paid $350 for one, end up selling it for like $150 lol..

      i’ve seen xbox 360’s on the second hand marketplace being sold more expensive than a Xbox one!! People really don’t want it.

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      The *Playstation 4 Console, 500GB Black* is £101 cash trade The *Playstation 4 Console, 1TB Black* is £110 cash trade.

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    • Yeah the PS4 won’t drop in value that much because it’s still in demand.

      It’s really hard to find a PS4 at “desperate” prices.

    • I also suspect that they will make the Xbox One-S obsolete when the Scorpio is released, maybe not for the first 2 years but after that, they will.

      There will probably be a “Scorpio Pro”, the Xbox One is done.

      It’s gonna take a lot of years before the Scorpio really has some games that take full advantage of it’s power.. i’m afraid that there will already be newer consoles out by the time Scorpio reaches it’s peak.

      Everything is so slow over at Xbox. Smh. No foresight at all.

    • This is exactly the symptomatic problem the xbox brand has had for the last couple of years. They are too afraid to speak out with clear intent and purpose about what they want. Phil Spencer is always going around and around the issues never really seeming to be able to speak out with a clear vision of what he really wants.

      I find hesitation a big turnoff. Specially for a company that owns almost unlimited ammounts of money.. i guess money doesn’t solve all problems.

      It seems they are always in a perpetual state of testing the waters.. they should be more like Sony and actually dare to take the jump and if it fails oh well.. you live to fight another day.

      It’s easy to change the hardware in a console but it’s hard to change the (corporate) mentality behind the Scorpio.

      This is why the Scorpio will fail.

    • crazy_black_man-

      WELL SAID.

    • Eddie Battikha

      Business contacts going to Computex 17, they said a PS5 Prototype will be shown behind closed doors and PS5 will launch Fall 2018. Scorpio is going to be in a excruciating tough spot.

  • stopbeingafanboy

    The Scorpio’s success is dependent on new IPs and first party games. I’m not going to even think about getting the Scorpio until I see what GAMES they have at E3. I already have the X1 and X1S, so it going take alot for me to buy another Xbox. Atleast with the Pro, it enhanced my VR experience. And almost a dozen first party games have come out since my Pro’s purchase.

    • Dougdec92

      Thank you very much

    • It’s all a lie. Scorpio is just another half-(dessA) console upgrade.

      They should have made the Scorpio a true next gen console, then developers would have really been able to get the maximum out of it.

  • Mr Xrat

    “We are increasing our investment in first party games, says Xbox head Phil Spencer”

    In 2014.

    And 2015.

    And 2016.

    And 2017.

    Spotted a pattern yet?

    • Hahah they have a short memory over at MS.

      I think Phil Spencer is going to leave Xbox/Microsoft after the failed Scorpio lol.. nobody can save them by then not even god.

      Oh look let’s play crappy backwards compatible 360 games that nobody asked for in 4k!

      How many times should i finish Halo or Gears of War? First in 720p.. then in 1080p.. then in 4k.

      Xboxone fans also have a short memory.. they can be fooled into playing the same game year after year believing it’s something new. (Forza halo gears)

      I find the lack of taste and intelligence in the average xbox fan disturbing..

    • crazy_black_man-

      So true! You are killing it bruh. Killing it!

    • Gamez Rule

      Spotted pattern…. Yes I’m still waiting lol

  • Legionarius

    I hope he means new studios. He could increase investment in 343i and Turn 10 and his statement would still technically be true.

  • The problem with games coming from the MS side is that they are not an entertainment company like Sony is.

    MS lacks the background to really make good captivating interesting unique games.

    MS should just straight up admit that they have to copy Sony in order to be succesfull.. only then will i have respect for MS.

    Just admit that Sony is better and we are cool, it’s a small thing to ask for right? Be honest. Don’t sell me hype.

  • ironkong

    Sorry phil i cant takeur word. I have had every xbx system since the original and i have not bought an xbx1. Ms must step ita game up… you bought rare..and we havent seen a banjo game..conker..nothing

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