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MSFT's 1st-Party Strategy Won't Include Desktop Gamers

Microsoft is undoubtedly saturating the news channel with its new Xbox One console, as tons of hands-on reports stemming from the Xbox Reveal event continue to roll out and over-saturate our eyeballs. However, PC gamers are probably wondering what's in store for them with regard to Microsoft's Elite 15 exclusive titles heading to its new console. To that, we say absolutely nothing. Well, almost nothing.

Matt Booty, general manager of Redmond Game Studios and Platforms, told Shacknews during the Xbox Reveal event that the Windows 8 gamer will indeed participate in some of the content offered in Microsoft lineup of 15 exclusives, but "not in the way you might expect or want."

"We have got everything from very, very casual games, like our very much improved and reimagined Solitaire, all the way to graphically complicated games like The Harvest," he said while talking about Microsoft's strategy on Windows 8 gaming.

Seriously? The Harvest app, which was originally launched on Windows Phone 7, isn’t considered by most to be a AAA-tier title like Halo and Gears of War. Does that mean Microsoft's first-party strategy will continue to focus on the lower-end of PC gaming?

"We're talking about console games, but there could be some franchises that also end up with a PC game," Booty added. "When I think about more connected experiences across those platforms, it's things that show up within that family of devices where we've got Xbox Live, like Windows Phone and Windows 8, [and] not what you might consider a more traditional desktop PC game."

In short, it's just downright cheaper and quicker to produce AAA titles on one hardware set than it is on an infinite number of hardware configurations. That's presumably why app developers flock to Apple's iOS first despite the closed system and 30-percent cut. That said, PC gamers will still need to rely on Crytek, 2K Games, Electronic Arts and others to provide quality, AAA titles for the PC.

The Xbox One will reportedly receive fifteen exclusive games within the first twelve months, eight of which will be new franchises. Remedy's Quantum Break will be one of the exclusive titles as will Crytek's Roman hack-and-slash game Ryse. Turn 10 Studios' Forza Motorsport 5 was confirmed as a launch game during the Xbox Reveal event.

  • Dax corrin
    You know, the desktop gamer, the one who makes up most of your profits from operating system sales...
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  • sincreator
    Come on, it can't be that hard to have cross platform play with an option to select PC players only, console players only, or both. If M$ really wanted to put the screws to Sony, wouldn't this be the best option? I would think that bridging the gap between the console and PC would generate a lot more money ultimately for M$. More copies sold of each game. It would also go a LONG way to improving their reputation with gamers on PC if franchises like Gear of War and Halo were released on PC as well.
    Honestly I would pay up to a $100-$150 just for a drive that played the xbox one games for my PC, that would allow to do the things I just mentioned. Better than buying a console that will be already out of date by 2015. lol.
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  • brandonjclark
    That's alright, Microsoft's games usually suck anyways.
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  • internetlad
    big loss. Think about all the fantastic games that were made or developed first party by microsoft over the not inconsiderable lifespan of the 360.
    Other than the games like Arkham City that just had DRM for Windows Live tacked on, I can't think of any I cared enough to play.
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  • WithoutWeakness
    10875394 said:
    You know, the desktop gamer, the one who makes up most of your profits from operating system sales...
    Microsoft makes far more money from Xbox gamers than they do from PC gamers. The money Microsoft makes from Windows and Office all comes from the enterprise market. The $100 you paid for Windows 7 or 8 for your home desktop is nothing compared to the $300+ people will pay for the new Xbox One plus the $60/year for Xbox Live and the cuts they get from new (and now used) game sales.

    PC gaming deserves some great titles out of this generation. I don't even care if they're not exclusives like the original Crysis was. Now that the top 2 consoles will be running x86 processors and Radeon graphics cores I want to see some of the games that would normally be tied to consoles to be truly cross-platform. There is no need anymore for crappy console ports. Games in this generation should be able to run on both consoles as well as PC's.
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  • poik
    Remember when Microsoft talked about how they'd be taking all their XBOX titles to PC... yeah that worked out well eh? Like Weakness said the platform base is now identical so the whole argument over it taking too much to port a title is gone. Tho I doubt MS cares. I could see them making it Windows 8 only just to force that "upgrade" on people who wanted to play something tho.
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  • killerclick
    All I care about is Elder Scrolls VI, Fallout 4 and Thief 4. Halo and Gears of War can go to hell.
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  • balister
    10875394 said:
    You know, the desktop gamer, the one who makes up most of your profits from operating system sales...

    Um, no. The OS sales profits are coming from businesses, not from home desktops. If you actually worked in IT, you'd know where Microsoft is really making their money and it's not home users.
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  • Avus
    Who need MS to support PC gaming?? I rather rely on Valve (Steam) than the so called "the world biggest software company" who mega suck on game and media (music/video) digital distribution on their own operation system!! The only thing that MS still contribute to PC gaming is DirectX. But again, it can easily be substituted by OpenGL and OpenAL. So not big loss if MS even give up that.
    Oh yea they suck at mobile phone/tablet OS too...
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  • I don't even care, I will gaming on a true next gen platform come BF4 time anyway. 2 GTX 780s, 512GB SSD, 16gb ram, i7 4770k, 2560 x 1600 display all ultra settings. Next gen that console gamers, you can have their games.
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