Microsoft Seeking to Bring More Core Games to PC
Microsoft plans to dramatically increase its presence in the PC gaming sector.
Speaking with Shacknews, Microsoft Studios VP Phil Spencer explained that the tech giant plans on releasing more core games on PC and wishes to create a unified gaming experience across all Microsoft devices.
“You’ll see us doing more stuff on Windows,” Spencer said. “We probably have more individual projects on Windows than we’ve had in ten years at Microsoft Studios.”
Spencer isn’t talking about casual games, either.
“At the launch of Windows 8, we had about 30 games in the Windows Store. A lot of those you’d consider lightweight or casual games… But we’ve covered all of that property now. Now we’re starting to look at bigger and core gamer things. I’m excited by that.”
The reason behind this shift in focus? To increase Microsoft’s presence across multiple devices.
“For us, we’re first-party across all Microsoft devices. We definitely think about ourselves that way in our studios. If you think about a service like Spotify or Netflix, you expect that service to work on any device you have. For some games, it will be similar. I just want to have an Xbox Live account and it works on my phone, on my console, and my Windows machine. And then I’ll be able to access my content in a screen-appropriate way.”
This isn’t the first time Microsoft has promised to pay more attention to PC gaming, but given the current climate of the gaming industry, I may actually believe them this time. And frankly, that concerns me. Remember — this is the company that brought us Games for Windows – Live. Images of a dystopian future in which PC gamers are forced to play multiplayer through some Windows 8 subscription service fill my mind…