Xbox Consoles Are Crucial To Our Success, Says Phil Spencer

But putting Xbox games on PC has its advantages too.

Posted By | On 06th, Jan. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605


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Even as Microsoft is doing a remarkable job at turning the Xbox One around, the very existence of the console is increasingly being called into question- with Microsoft stating that they now look at Xbox Live engagement numbers as their primary metric for success, and putting more and more of their games on PC as well, the question remains: why does one need an Xbox One at all?

Microsoft’s Xbox head Phil Spencer took to Twitter to handle some of these questions head on, which have started coming in again after the announcement that ReCore will be coming to PC as well. “We will work to make Xbox One the best console gaming exp we can make to justify purchase. Team is committed,” he said. “The console is critical to our success, now and in the future.”

At the same time, Spencer believes that there is a benefit in putting games on PC– some IPs can greatly benefit from something like that, which is why Microsoft will continue exploring which ones work best on PC as well as Xbox One.

Personally, true exclusivity seems to be all but dead these days, and neither Sony nor Microsoft really have too many games that aren’t at least shared with PC anyway. If Microsoft wants to put some of its games on PC as well, by all means, they can do so. I don’t think there is anything particularly wrong with that.


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  • Raj Sanghera

    if Xbox and win10 (PC) merge more often? How will that benefit Xbox in long run

    And will it make the ps brand obsolete if more gamers and devs are going with Xbox and Windows (PC)?

    Not sure what to make of it and what affect it will have on console gaming.

    • Truth™

      It means all consoles are dead. PC gaming wins. Return of the king.

    • Anthony

      Console were king before PC and they’re still king. PC benefits from consoles because a console sets the standard. You don’t want Microsoft or GPU makers abusing you on PC.

    • me

      You are obviously very young if you think this? PC gaming has been in high resolution, what you consolers call high def, for 20 years. When you start to add up all the video cards sold over the last 5 years, who have a MUCH larger player base then consoles, all consoles combined. Consoles are cheaper to develop for because they are based on 3 year old PC tech, this is the only advantage.

    • GHz

      Consoles are PCs so no worries. MSFT is in a position to reach out to a larger demographic because it owns Win 10 & DX12/WDDM 2.0. Remember Dx12 = code once = run it on XB1, PC, mobile. What will be good for the PC will be good for the XB1 and vice versa. Devs save time and money when porting PC games to XB1 & vice versa. While DX12 is exclusive to XB1 & selected GPUs, Sony has taken the time to improve upon DX11 , pushing the feature set to to take advantage of some familiarities of Dx12 for the PS4. DX12 is backward compat with Dx11+ anyways. The only issues would be supported feature sets via hardware that older PC GPU’s & PS4 may not support. XB1 already supports DX12 ver. 12_0 & 12_1 features in hardware.

    • ShoNuff

      Sony doesn’t use directx. They use 2 custom APIs one high level API and one low level API for devs who want to program close to metal. It has also had asynchronous compute available to it since day 1, something the Xbox won’t see until games are designed with direct 12

    • GHz

      “Sony doesn’t use directx.”

      Sure they do…The Order 1886.

      “The latest version of the in-house engine used by Ready at Dawn is compatible with DirectX 11 and PS4, but it’s heavily geared towards PS4” http://www.dualshockers.com/2014/03/21/the-order-1886-fantastic-screenshots-and-renders-and-new-details-on-the-engine-emerge-from-gdc/

      Lots of 3rd party multiplats use DX9-Dx11 too.

      “asynchronous compute………., something the Xbox won’t see until games are designed with direct 12”

      Rise of the Tomb Raider, a sort of advance game uses async computate to bring more dynamic lighting to the game’s world while XB1 is still under arrest of DX11. And we got a 1080p game. Makes you wonder why an old game like The Fallen can only manage 900p.

      So much misinformation out there. It’s out of control.

    • ShoNuff

      Ps4 uses gnm and gnmx and pssl as the shader language. It is based on openGL. Their api’s just happen to be pretty compatible with directx but it ain’t direct. Direct is a Windows/Xbox thing.

    • GHz

      So when Ready at Dawn let known on their slides that their graphic engine was DX11 based, your telling me they made a mistake and meant to say GNMX? Or @ GDC 2013, when Sony said, Developers will be able to take advantage of Microsoft’s latest industry standard DirectX API, DirectX 11.1, and also a secondary low-level API specifically for the PS4 hardware, they weren’t making a distinction between the use of 3 APIs, but just rather 2 (gnm/gnmx)?

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8ce48bcc993ad0f855e5fc7c462c5b11a8eb702f34a507dc920e1a4a2093b714.jpg

    • neddy

      Being compatible with DX11 and PS4 means they have two separate graphics backends in their game engine. Developing on PC but targeting console(s) is common. PS4 most definitely does not have a Direct3D interface.

    • GHz

      GNMX, cause its more familiar to devs who live in directx, but there is no actual DX11? So when they say they use DX11, it only means compatible feature sets of said API?
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/19a531c7544e1b867c7f9ffff897c3c40ceb04732a8bbaf8c0d81ab5e455681b.jpg

    • neddy

      They have the DX11 version of their graphics backend for their developers who work on non-platform-specific code, like game logic. This allows them to develop on PC, reducing the number of PS4 dev kits they need. They could even use the DX11 version of their engine to release a PC version of their game later on though it doesn’t sound like this is a priority.

      They have the PS4 version of their graphics backend for the PS4 console release.

      There are similar cross-platform systems in place for sound, input, etc.

    • me

      With todays processing power its really nothing to build a compiler to convert your code to what ever. They dont rewrite the games. The only number that matters is potential customers. MS is losing this fight.DX12 is not the savior of microsoft. You idiot fanboys will not save the xbox. In a few years, if you are honest with yourself, you will laugh at your ignorance.

    • ShoNuff

      Did mommy forget your medicine? The only thing mentioned was the truth. There was nothing fanboyish in my comment. The only fanboy I see is you.

    • Xbox one 2econd gpu unlocking

      But we haven’t agreed for our 2nd GPU to be unlocked yet with DX12.1
      We have agreed only the single core still under 12.0

    • Anthony

      For Xbox One and PC to merge Xbox One will have to become a basic weak PC with every game having crossplay which I know console players don’t like because it puts them at a disadvantage against PC gamers.

      The PS4 will continue to kill the Xbox One because the people who prefer consoles will buy the PS4. The PS4 will have more exclusives because Xbox One exclusives will be on PC so people who play PC won’t need to buy an Xbox One.

    • efnet

      Are you related to xbotmk1 ??? You give off that weird tinfoil hat vibe

    • Terminator

      Didn’t you know? Anthony, Archfiendx, artistofwar, E.J457, Herald of Gaben are all the same person, AKA XbotMk1. All this individuals majority of the time will only appear when TrollBotMk1 is around, heck the guy doesn’t even try to make each account different from each other because they all talk the same way.

      Then there are this other “individuals” Mr. Xrat and Revovler Ocelot (they are both the same person btw). When you see them you will always find this ghost accounts upvoting on their comments which funnily also upvote XbotMk1 comments….

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    • efnet

      Jesus lol what a sicko

    • Truth™

      It’s funnier when you find out what Revolver Ocelot/rscottycuck looks like.

      Look at that rat nose. Hilarious.

    • Anthony

      Look who it is. The infamous Xbox fanboy king himself. Why am I not suprised?

    • Anthony

      You must be an Xbox fanboy.

    • Truth™

      But isn’t it funny that the POS4 is also a weak PC with no games and superior multiplats on PC

      Hilarious how you peasants try to cosy up to the kings when things are not going your way. Where’s Uncharted 4 a 1080P 60FPS?

  • Truth™

    PC gaming keeps on winning 🙂

  • Anthony

    Anyone who buys Phil Spencer’s lies is dumb. All this proves is Microsoft doesn’t actually care about the Xbox One or console. Microsoft is trying to move to PC. There is no reason to buy an Xbox One. From now on this proves the only people defending the Xbox One are the fanboys.

    PC + PS4 wins.

    • efnet

      Lol wow bruh you’re really out there huh

    • Anthony

      I’m not like you. I’m not a Microsoft sheep who believes everything Phil Spencer says. I use common sense with my feet firmly grounded in reality.

    • Xbox one 2econd gpu unlocking

      No we have agreed to Keep Sony Strong and Apple out.

    • Anthony

      Who is “we”?

    • Xbox one 2econd gpu unlocking

      We are the true fans of xbox

    • me

      Anyone who supports MS at this point needs to stop and question the motivation? Its likely you are punishing yourself because you will feel stupid when you admit the truth.

    • Anthony

      I was an Xbox 360 fanboy last generation but nope not anymore after having a big wake up call. It’s gross how Microsoft relies on people’s ignorance so they can sell their products to sheep.

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    • Guest

      “Anyone who buys ‘my’ lies is gullible.”

      Fixed it for you.

    • Truth™

      You don’t need a POS4 for inferior multiplats and no exclusives, loser

      PC + Wii U wins 🙂

  • Xbox one 2econd gpu unlocking

    We asked for xbox games to come over to the PC and Microsoft is listening.
    This is why we wanted Phil in charge.
    +12 and we game on

    • me

      NO. This is a response to terrible sales numbers. Existing PS4s outnumber xboxs by several factors.

    • Xbox one 2econd gpu unlocking

      Sony needs the money

    • Kidd

      I’m a Xbox Player let me in on the Truth! No joke e-mail me what’s going to happen or what we have to look forward to? I’m thinking amd nividia have something to do with Xbox one dx12!! And Ps4 cores wont handle this api Power?

  • Alistein

    I don’t see anything wrong in MS putting their exclusives on pc after all its business. Also windows 10 is more or less becoming their platform and with more than 200 million devices operating it , the chances of success is quite high. If Windows 10 is powered by MS cloud computing network all Xbox games could typically become playable on any Windows 10 device and I believe that is where they are headed with all this one ecosystem idea. If this kicks off MS consoles will become typically designed to be able to handle offline play giving them the chance to focus it on mainly hard core console gamers.

  • Riggybro

    Would like to see at least SOME MS Xbox stuff come over to PC.

    I mean after buying WIN + MS office etc… I have almost paid for half an Xbox how about a little love in return for lining your pockets Uncle Phil huh huh??

    • GHz

      You guys are the hardest working Sony PS4 trolls. Your fear amuses us. Keep it strong. 😀

    • Riggybro

      (I’m off to play my PC… enjoy the console war!)

    • GHz

      Not trying war, just against the misinformation.

    • me

      Adding PC releases is simply a ploy to offset pathetic xbox sales. To a developer, picking xbox over PS is financial suicide. 749, the number of xboxes sold in Japan over the holidays. 4 billion, the dollars spent cleaning up RROD. Failure, what microsoft does in the console market. MS is a company scrambling to avoid the coffin. The operating system is becoming irrelevant. And so is MS.

    • Guest

      MS is trying to avoid the coffin? You’re a moron who knows nothing of business, period. There can be no rebut to that fact as you have clearly shown this to be true beyond a shadow of a doubt.

      I’m sure you’ll come back and try to discredit me with some sort of personal attack rather than substantiating your absurdly ludicrous claim and that will just cement my point.

    • Terminator

      He will, people like him are always talk and nothing more.

    • me

      You lack vision. Stay in school son.


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