Xbox Head Phil Spencer: We Don’t Care What Users Of Other Platforms Can or Cannot Play

‘We spend zero time thinking about that.’

Posted By | On 01st, Mar. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

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A lot has been made of the death of exclusives on Microsoft’s Xbox platform– the Xbox consoles have always generally had a shortage of exclusives, especially compared to PlayStation or Nintendo, but Xbox One has seen a slow leakage of all of its major exclusives to other platforms- mostly Windows 10 PCs, with the movement having been spearheaded by none other than Microsoft themselves.

A lot of people think this may signal a slow shift away from Xbox hardware for Microsoft- however, speaking at Microsoft’s Spring Showcase held last week in San Francisco (with the transcription provided by DualShockers), Xbox head Phil Spencer reaffirmed Microsoft’s commitment to Xbox, and its players- in spite of the lack of exclusives at this point.

“We’re here today to see what I think, this is my opinion, is our best first half of the year lineup that we’ve ever had at Xbox. If we look at the quality of games, and in 2015 I thought it was incredible, it was a good year for gaming, we’re starting off 2016, and we’re incredibly proud of the games planned that we have frankly on Windows 10 and on Xbox One.

“We have a vision that we believe puts the gamer at the center of everything we’re doing. 100% of our focus is on making sure that games that people can play on our platform are as great as they can be,” Spencer continued.

“We spend zero time thinking about what games other people can’t play. It’s not something that’s core to who we are. We’re embracing the gamers that are on our platforms, we’re incredibly proud of the breadth of games that are there, and our long-term commitment is that we’ll stay exactly focused on that. What games can you play on Microsoft platforms, making sure that it’s the best platform, best service, best content, best games that you can find. That is our long-term commitment to you.

“We’ll continue our story. We’ll be at GDC. I think this year’s Build conference, which is Microsoft’s development conference, will see more focus on gaming that we’ll ever had, and it’s hard to believe, but we’ve already had quite a few E3 planning meetings. We’re deep into what E3 is gonna look like this year. And yet again, I think it will be a great time for both the industry and for Xbox gamers.”

It will be interesting to see how Microsoft continue to justify the existence of flagship Xbox hardware, without having the appropriate exclusives and incentives to attract users.

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  • Alistein

    They need to tread carefully they aren’t exactly beloved by the gaming industry. Also Xbox live generates money only on consoles as the Pc community has refused and rightly so to pay for it. As it is , their strongest pillar for generating finance which is live is on consoles. I was expecting to be hearing more about the cloud. Oh well.

  • SilverSee

    Pramath, I think what you (and many gamers) may not yet appreciate is that the definition of an “Xbox game” is changing. Microsoft no longer views Xbox and Windows as distinct and different platforms. Any game that is Xbox Live enabled and runs both on console and PC is an “Xbox game”.

    So while Gears, Quantum Break, Forza, et al are no longer “console exclusives”, they still remain “Xbox exclusives”.

    Some people will infer from this that Microsoft is planning to abandon Xbox hardware, but I don’t see that happening–ever. Many people will prefer consoles to PCs for gaming, and vice versa. Either way, Microsoft wants those people to see the value of Xbox gaming.

    • Riggybro

      Or another way of looking at it is any game that runs on Xbox and PC are Windows 10 games.

    • SilverSee

      Yes, that works too, from Microsoft’s perspective. But they are stilling pouring a lot into the Xbox brand even on Windows, so we may see it become more and more their kind of “universal gaming platform”.

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    • theduckofdeath

      This is because so many people are selfish and short-sighted (or so the internet can make it seem). They refuse or fail to realize:

      1) Microsoft has multiple platforms to host their games
      2) there is no sense in holding games hostage on a console and impeding game sales
      3) PC tech dwarfs console performance
      4) console hardware sales revenue pales in comparison to games revenue
      5) if you haven’t bought a XB1 by now, it will never be your primary system i.e. MS can’t lose 3rd party sales revenue when a customer was just going to buy the PS4 or PC version, regardless
      6) apparently, some people have an aversion to playing videogames on PC
      7) a console is nothing more than a Trojan Horse that gives a game company access to your wallet

  • WryMouthX

    Love my Xbox, this is the platform for gaming for me, PC, not so much. Great move from MS as always.


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