Microsoft: No PC Games at E3 Because it’s “A Console Show”
Microsoft’s Phil Spencer says that the company didn’t show off PC games at E3 this year because E3 is “a console show.”
While a few of the games Microsoft showed off at E3 this year might end up on PC, there was almost no direct mention of the platform. When Polygon asked Phil Spencer, the Head of Xbox and Microsoft Studios, about the omission, his response was a bit frustrating.
“It’s a retail show, it’s a console show, so it didn’t really feel like the right place for us to talk about Windows, but Windows and gaming on Windows is critical to Microsoft’s success.”
So where can we expect Microsoft to show off its commitment to PC gaming? Spencer was less sure about that.
“Well, they do these huge world championship events and they fill up arenas. I do think there could be a space there.”
There we go. So we can look forward to seeing Microsoft at a League of Legends, DOTA 2, or Starcraft tournament near you soon.
In truth, there were plenty of PC games at E3 last week, but you wouldn’t think so from Spencer’s quotes. Never mind the enormous booths from dedicated PC companies like Razer, Alienware, and others, E3 is clearly focused on consoles. Unfortunately, this sort of attitude towards PC gaming is something that’s becoming the norm from Microsoft. Heck, it’s been the norm for a while now.
Whether it’s Games for Windows Live’s annoying DRM, or the fact that it took the company that makes Windows eight months to release Windows drivers for the Xbox One controller that they also produce, Microsoft’s attitude towards PC gamers over the past few years has been one of begrudging acknowledgement, and little else. It didn’t help that perception when former Valve Director of Business Development left his position as head of Microsoft’s PC Gaming and Entertainment Strategy after only six months.
Spencer’s comments make it abundantly clear that despite the huge number of gamers that play on PC (Steam hit 7.1 million concurrent users last December), Microsoft isn’t all that into reaching out to that market. They may throw a bone our way from time to time with an updated version of a classic game, but despite calling it “critical to Microsoft’s success,” their focus is clearly on the Xbox, and not the PC.