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Microsoft is Investing a Billion Dollars in Xbox One Games

When Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One earlier this month, the company emphasized the fact that it was focusing heavily on exclusive games for the console. In fact, the company said there would be 15 exclusive Xbox One titles in the console's first year of availability. This week, it emerged just how much the company is spending to ensure there's no shortage of exciting content for its new baby.

OXM reports that Microsoft will invest one billion dollars in next generation titles. That price them those 15 exclusive titles Microsoft talked about its Xbox Reveal event, including eight new IPs. OXM spoke to Don Mattrick (President of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft) and Phil Spencer (Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Studios) and cites the former as saying people are "way, way under-indexing how hard [Microsoft is] punching" when it comes to exclusives. 

"We're going to come out with detail on things and people are going to go, 'oh my god,'" said Mattrick. "Like, 'they were focused, they made this a core goal, core activity'. There are great hits, there's innovation, and there are world class creators plugged in."

Microsoft didn't talk too much about games during its Xbox One reveal, but is expected to reveal all during E3 the week after next. We'll be on hand to bring you the latest, so stay tuned!

  • shikamaru31789
    I really do feel like some people are not giving Microsoft enough credit. Yes, the used game DRM and once per 24 hour internet connection requirement suck, and hopefully MS will realize that and get rid of those features before launch. But one of the biggest complaints about the 360 was the lack of exclusives. MS seems to be hitting back hard on that front, 15 exclusives in the first year, 8 of which are new IP's, that's as many exclusives in one year as several years on the 360, and more than any single year on the PS3 (possibly more than any 2 years combined). Some people are saying that MS is concentrating more on the media features, on taking over the tv, but they're clearly still placing gaming higher on the priority list. I can't wait to see some of these new exclusives at E3, and not just Microsoft's, but the exclusives Sony is sure to have saved for E3 as well. This is one good year for gaming, reagardless of what platform you prefer. And multiplatform gamers like myself are extra lucky.
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  • Mike Honcho
    How many of those "exclusives" will end being kinect garbage and kids games?
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  • esrever
    thats only first party exclusives too.
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  • bigshootr8
    You know they spent around this on investing on what people wanted from windows 8 and saw where that got us.
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  • festerovic
    ^ all first party MS games are exclusives (not like they make them for wii or ps...)
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  • AndreT
    Why don't they help fund exclusive PC games that take advantage of the current PC Gen hardware instead of lame ports from 6 year old console hardware that the PC crowd has been having to deal with. No wonder there is no excitement or reason for anybody to go and buy a new PC.
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  • chumly
    Well here's the list of games we know about already:
    http://www.ign.com/wikis/xbox-one/List_of_Xbox_One_Games
    So far the tech specs on the PS4 and the Xbox both are looking very similar, with the exception of the Xbox having both Kinect and Voice control (which are pretty nice features). The lineup of games on both systems is looking pretty good as well, most of the A-list franchises are now being developed for both platforms.
    I think it's time consumers can throw in the towel on the fight to see which one is better, and decide which features they like better. Price will be a big deal too.
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  • bigshootr8
    I think I'll side with Sony this time around even though I won't purchase either. M$ is on the wrong side of net neutrality here.
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  • Willy McBurgle
    Halo 7, 8, 9, 10.......Kinect Labs 2....
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  • bigshootr8
    ^Can you say Cash Grab?
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