Microsoft doubles down on Xbox One games, plans to invest $1 billion

Dan Graziano: "The company did confirm that it has big plans for its in-house gaming studio, however. Phil Harrison, a corporate vice president at Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, revealed in an interview with VentureBeat that Microsoft is investing heavily in the gaming experience for the Xbox One. The executive noted that the company is planning to invest more than $1 billion for new content, including 15 internally developed titles in the coming year, eight of which will be brand new. The Xbox One is expected to help breath new life into the struggling gaming industry when it is released later this year."

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ltachiUchiha1611d ago

I believe it especially with them spending a half a billion dollars on just advertising kinect but the real question is how many of those will be kinect games? We wont know until e3.

dedicatedtogamers1611d ago (Edited 1611d ago )

At this point, it doesn't matter if they're Kinect games or super-awesome hardcore games, for two reasons:

- Microsoft has ALWAYS supported their systems at launch. That's how they rope you in. My question is will they continue support? They didn't for Xbox, and they didn't for Xbox 360.

- with the almost-always-on DRM and no used games and Kinect required, etc, is it really worth it? Is it worth putting up with that crap just for a handful of neat-o games?

If you buy an XBox One, you are funding the death of gaming. I don't care if Microsoft invests $5 billion into first-party studios. Their anti-consumer practices will ensure I will never buy their console (and if Sony pulls a similar tactic, I will ignore the PS4).

Skips1611d ago (Edited 1611d ago )



Also... hell, if $500 million was spent on ads for Kinect alone, and $30 million to market Halo 4 alone (Literally the same amount as the game's budget)!

...ltachiUchiha's question needs to be asked! How much will be invested on Kinect and ads???...


Gamers around the world are waiting MS....

Mustang300C20121611d ago

OMG just.....WTF. Some of you just need to find new hobbies.

NewMonday1611d ago

The NFL "partnership" alone cost 400$m

Septic1611d ago (Edited 1611d ago )

"If you buy an XBox One, you are funding the death of gaming"

I'm sorry but what a load of sensationalist bull you've just typed out.

You don't even know half of what you're on about and just make sweeping points on conjecture.

People make a lot of noise on here about being gamers but they sure don't seem to act like them, instead they're too busy politicising everything.

The rational mindset would suggest that you wait for E3 and get clarity on the issue of the requirement to be online/used games.

Microsoft investing this much money on exclusives is brilliant news. If only you blinkered fanboy/ raging keyboard warriors would accept that fact (not specifically directed at you). You guys just love putting a spin on everything.

BitbyDeath1611d ago

@Septic, think you need to catch up on the news if you don't believe MS are destroying gaming.

MS controlling games through the internet means they can flip off your single player access at any time, do you really want them to have that kind of power? Not to mention relying on your own internet to be available, eg moving house and your internet can take weeks to come online. Also means you can't play on it that whole time.

Or used games, why buy a used game if you have to pay the full price to unlock it? That means you are paying more for a new game than something that is brand new. You don't see the problem with this?

And why would Kinect need to be on at all times when your playing a game like Halo? Why do they need to be so intrusive?

These sorts of antics will stop people from wanting to game and then you will see a downfall as less developers can afford to make games when less people are buying.

Their is a giant rollon effect you are not seeing here.

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dedicatedtogamers1611d ago (Edited 1611d ago )

@ edonus

Funny. I'm not a gamer because I want to actually own the games I buy? Kindly shut your mouth. I was there saying "500 million for Kinect advertisement? You know how much AAA that could buy? 1 billion for RRoD? You know how much AAA that could've bought? $400 million for NFL "partnership"? You know how much AAA that could buy?" Where were you when all that money was being thrown around for non-gaming stuff?

Oh, you were there making apologetic and defensive posts for why Kinect is so awesome, that's where you were.

The reason why I speak out is because I know better. Microsoft can throw out all the numbers they want. It's no coincidence that they announce this on the heels of the horrible Xbone conference. It's double-talk. They ignore gamers during the conference, and then they - literally - throw money at the gamer by saying "but even though we have fundamentally put gaming on the back-burner with the Xbone, we would like you to know that we are investing 1 billion in gaming", whatever that means (advertisement, engine development, game development, R&D, Kinect stuff?)


I am really started to hate that word "content"...

1 billion on "content".. what type of content? who will this content be aimed at, core or casual gamer?

At this point I think many people still don't trust this action plan as some sort of showing of commitment.

SolidStoner1611d ago

So what, we all know Microsoft have tons of money... and we all know they dont know how to spend it! They only know how to earn it!!!

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andibandit1610d ago


"$1 billion dollars

do you know how much AAA that buys. "

I think it was all spent on that new Dog in COD:Ghosts.

GameCents1610d ago

Yes!! Down with anti-consumer policies!

It doesn't matter how much money they invest into the console and its games, they are trying to take away our right to do as we please with the games we buy. I've been a staunch 360 supporter for 5 years despite owning a ps3 as well and have taken alot of crap over the years including online fees and expensive HDD's. However, this is the last straw. I'm not bending over anymore and neither should the rest of you.

Let's not see this as Xbox fans vs Sony and Nintendo fans. Instead let us all band together as Gamers vs Greed.

GamingWorldPeace1610d ago (Edited 1610d ago )

Dawg, I thought this is a gaming site but boy was I wrong. I intend to buy the PS4 at launch and am happy of what Sony is doing with their plan so far but I am also interested in the games that MS are making. The stupid things that people say here and logic that are behind them are just childish! This site is like the Jerry Springer show of gaming. There are already 8 games inadvertently shown from the MS conference if any of you haven't noticed,
They are also going to show a "historic" IP from Rare and the new game from one of MS new studio, Black Tusk will also make an appearance at E3. I think that is a pretty good start already and no doubtz I want to see what else they have at E3.

TheSurg1610d ago

If you would actually pay attention at the reveal and interviews later you would know that there is no requirement to be online. Your comment is full of bull. Xbox One is a console that does other things, like Iphone is a phone that does other things. You ain't a gamer but since you defend sony and b!tch MS you will get tons of thumbs up. N4G...

Anon19741610d ago

I don't know what to think here. I'm a gamer first and foremost so anyone announcing an investment of a billion into gaming is going to attract my attention. I just don't know how I can be expected to support a console that, buy design, will actively stop me from playing games I've purchased, or prevent me from or charges me extra for buying games from certain sources.

Even assuming the "internet once a day" connection worked out of the gate, what happens when it doesn't? We've seen XBL go down before and it'll always be a target for hackers, not to mention prone to human error or infrastructural problems. And, as I don't live in the US, I know from past experience that server issues outside of the US don't have the same priority as US servers.

Why would any gamer willingly put themselves in this position if they don't have to? Microsoft couldn't even launch hardware that worked last gen, and we're supposed to jump on-board this gen with a console that could actively stop us from playing our own games based on what? Faith that MS won't screw it up?

JokesOnYou1610d ago (Edited 1610d ago )

will actively stop me from playing games I've purchased, or prevent me from or charges me extra for buying games from certain sources.

-huh? No nowhere has anything said X1 will stop the original owner from playing a game he purchased, UNLESS he sells the game and thus loses the license code, same as now. As for the used game fee, we need clarity, but there are no concrete statements from sony on that matter either.

Even assuming the "internet once a day" connection worked out of the gate, what happens when it doesn't?

-What do you mean, it just needs to briefly connect to the internet once a day, OMG! that's tragic, does your internet go down for longer than 24hrs?....sheesh you need a new service provider.

We've seen XBL go down before and it'll always be a target for hackers,

-uhm down for how long? link please? xbox live has been the biggest, most played and most reliable online service this gen.

Microsoft couldn't even launch hardware that worked last gen, and we're supposed to jump on-board this gen

-ps2 had its issues, sony was even subject to several class action lawsuits, yet you willing jumped on-board last gen, right?

SecondSon1610d ago

Its sad that with the funds for the Kinect advertising Naughty Dog would have made 25 Uncharted games since they only cost them $20 million each :/

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sengoku1611d ago (Edited 1611d ago )

more call of duty exclusive DLC??

that another billion wasted.
i'm sure it will buy them some games but the trouble with the one is beyond games at the moment.

they invested 1 billion in kinect and look what that got us

AngelicIceDiamond1611d ago (Edited 1611d ago )

@Uchiha I can tell you it'll be mostly hardcore. Considering Kinect is built into the console and it has its own processor MS could easily give it voice control or simple hand gestures within its core games hence, "better with Kinect."

Ryse and Black Tusks were originally hardcore Kinect games until MS noticed Kinect was failing as hardcore device. Ryse is now "Better with Kinect and I'm 90% sure Black Tusks is strictly core base with mild Kinect function.

Of course MS will show casual titles but I don't see very many though. Maybe 2 or 3 total. Remedy's Quantum Break looks interesting, combining Alan Wakes story telling and Max Pains brutal destruction seems like perfect fit.

Plus Rare and CrackDown 3 teased dang I can't wait now. E3 is where its at.

EDIT: @Thirty Whatever Kinect comes with it.

Doesn't matter because I'll get unfair BS disagrees anyway like always. Unless I blend in and be a fanboys less of a gamer sheep. But the Sony kids had to come in here and ruin everything like they aaaalways do. This is a good thing not a bad thing. I have to say something that makes no sense to get agrees. One sided, one sided everything always onesided its not fair, at all.

MS had a bad reveal I get it I didn't like it either. The last I checked a unveil doesn't give the other guy the win by default. I want both to do well unlike you fanboys who are less of a gamer.

Say something completely dumb and stupid get a pile of agrees, wow ignorance is bliss and plentiful here. Say something with logic and that's coherent pile him with disagrees. The fanboys and idiots rule this site.

Lol watch the idiots and less of a gamer fanboys will disagree because I'm talking to them and there angry and offended lol.

Thirty3Three1611d ago

"Kinect is built into the console and it has its own processor"

1) It's not built-in. It's separate, but mandatory for the Xbox One to function
2) It has its own processor? Never heard such a thing.

theBAWSE1611d ago

Kinect 2 is worse than the DRM ms have implemented

The camera is always watching and listening even when Xboxone is on standby

You have no privacy that is mad scary... You basically are inviting ms into your private sanctuary to log how you behave... Remember Kinect is 24/7 logged to ms servers

TheSurg1610d ago

You guys need to get your facts straight. Microsoft won't be watching you if you don't want them to. When you connect Kinect to xbox360 it asks you only one time if you are willing to send samples of voice and video to MS for some analisys etc. You just press NO and thats it! They cant force anything on you. Silly kids.

ABizzel11611d ago

Well if it's all their IP's for the first year that's still over $60 million in funding per game, but I'm sure some will get more than the other which is insane, but what they need to do a 360 after that awful reveal.

As far as game break down, I'm pretty sure the 15 exclusives will be like this.

9 Retail games
4 Kinect games
2 XBLA games

After looking at what all their studios are working on this seems to make the most sense. Based on sales / reviews / studio games in development the Kinect games should be Kinect Aventures 3 (or something similar), Kinect Sports Season 3, Dance Central 4, and Kinect Fitness (possibly one of the New IP's).

The retail games we know thus far are Halo 5, Forza 5, Ryse, and Quantum Break. We know Lionhead has a game (Froza 4 / MMO), Black Tusk game, MS LA is working on a core game, Platform Next Studios is working on a core game, and Rare is working on a game so that's 9 likely retail core games from 2013 - 2014.

The remaining tow unknowns I believe are XBLA just for a well rounded start.

BeZdaBest1611d ago

1 billion psstt.

how bout *puts pinky under nose*

100 BILLION dollars muwhahaha..

The_Infected1611d ago (Edited 1611d ago )

Wow they invest 1 billion in games and everyone is still complaining. Is anyone ever happy? They are spending 1 freaking billion dollars on gaming and yet still people are complaining or calling them Kinect games. Be happy they're spending that much money on games hell I'd be happy they are.

jessupj1610d ago

Maybe it's because they're suspicious because they've been lied to before.

Maybe it's because ever since MS released the first kinect they've virtually completely abandoned the hardcore market.

How much of that 1 billion is going to be spent on advertising? Or kinect games?

Or maybe, regardless is MS release 100 games on release, the Xbone will still hide used games behind a paywall, still required kinect to be install at all times, and still require you to sign in every 24 hours.

It's becoming a joke. What the fck does MS has to do for you xbox fanboys to wake up and stop defending them. It was funny at first, not it's just sad. If you support MS and buy a Xbone you get everything you deserve.

The_Infected1610d ago

I'm not getting one but I know how they throw their money around. I'm getting a PS4 100%

Ausbo1610d ago

i expect probably about half of these 15 exclusives to be kinect/arcade games. Despite that, i think 7 to 8 legit exclusives in the first year is pretty damn good. Only question is will these titles deliver?? Cause Sony's exclusives always do. If Microsoft can really bring it at e3, i might get thier console since i don't care about used games. I buy new games discounted on amazon.

Loki861610d ago

Really... Sony exclusives always do huh?

Ausbo1610d ago

Yeah pretty much loki. And this is coming from someone who doesnt own a sony console

BlindGuardian1610d ago

X1 used games system requires them to know when you sold a game so they can remove it from your HDD remotely

the only way to do that is to force online on you so they can check your HDD

otherwise I could fill the HDD with games and then sell the discs and keep playing them directly from the HDD


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KingKelloggTheWH1611d ago

I wonder what amount of this will go into things that matter for gamers,I bet most will be rights for shows and advertising.

OlgerO1610d ago (Edited 1610d ago )

This is incredible big news people!! One of the biggest games like Skyrim cost only 85 million ( which includes marketing ) This means that at least 10 extra absolutely massive games can be expected on the xbox One. This is the first time im actually wavering in my decision for PS4.

DeadlyFire1610d ago

No. This means Microsoft is investing heavy into Cable companies to allow their TV service to work in every region likely.

Games will still have the standard budgets. Maybe extra millions thrown into advertising here and there for Halo, but that's about it.

M-M1611d ago

Remove all the restrictions/spying and extra subscriptions, then I'll buy it.

BeZdaBest1611d ago (Edited 1611d ago )

theres a fee for that..

just kidding..

or am i O_o??

Why o why1611d ago

Trust me. I even cover the built in cameras on my laptops, even after I've disabled them. Same for the mic. I just re enable if I ever need them. With the kinect I'm guessing there must be some type of off feature.

whoyouwit041611d ago

You sony fans just do what you can to try and down play any thing positive about the xbox; it's really just sad. they already said that 1 billion was invested in the games and there are more games being developed in the history of xbox how much do you fools are for the actual development of the game.

Soldierone1611d ago

They didn't mention what games are being developed. For all we know, all 15 or whatever number they said, are kinect dance games.....

Septic1611d ago

So what? It's still 1 billion bring invested on games alone. So you naturally assume they'll be Kinect titles?

It's just pessimism borne out of fanboyism that's all.

SonyPS41611d ago

Well the XOne does require a Kinect to use (as it looks, good luck getting by without it, really) so yeah it is safe to assume most of these games will at least make use of some gestures of the Kinect, even if these games were full-fledged AAA games.

BeZdaBest1611d ago

so what..

if thats you type of game no prob..


Why o why1611d ago (Edited 1611d ago )

Fool me once septic...

Lets be hopeful and optimistic, yes but to expect those who predicted this same crap and seen it realised to have zero doubts is dumb. I'm a core gamer. So believe it or not I want more core games. I understand these super 15 will be a mix of core kinect and xbla games. My concern is the ratio of each. Ms, since kinect, have released around 10 kinect exclusives for every core game....alarm bells nah

BitbyDeath1611d ago (Edited 1611d ago )

We already know 2 of the 15 -
Kinect Fitness
Kinect One

Kinect is mandatory so naturally it'll have a lot of Kinect titles.

GamingWorldPeace1610d ago (Edited 1610d ago )

Yo hommies, 8 games were leaked already if any of you are paying any attention.

1. Quantum Break
2. Crackdown
3. Forza 5
4. A game based of water physics by Rare
5. A new Halo
6. A new game from Rare with Pixar style graphics
7. Ryse
8. A new Fable

Another Rare game that is a "historic" IP will be shown at E3.

Black Tusk will show their big budget IP at E3 as well.

More might be shown as the exclusive Respawn rumored game Titan might make an appearance and Epic haven't even show us what they got. I bet you they will use E3 to show off a game made with UE4 (Please be Gears 4 with the return of my man, Cole Train!).

Lets just wait for E3 and we will know foe sure.

DeadlyFire1610d ago

If you consider the franchises we already know are coming including Kinect ones will likely sequels coming. That leaves room for about 4-5 of those 15 games to be new IPs.

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Hicken1611d ago

And, again, with the Kinect being MANDATORY, it needs to be asked: HOW MANY OF THE GAMES ARE FOR KINECT?

Mkai281611d ago (Edited 1611d ago )

That's not your concern.. To be honest, even if the X1 was to do everything right for the gamer sake. People would still have the same reactions, just lest mess to talk about. You don't plan on getting it, so why care?

SDF Repellent1610d ago (Edited 1610d ago )

Hicken, oh no not you again. LOL

quote Hicken
" with the Kinect being MANDATORY, it needs to be asked: HOW MANY OF THE GAMES ARE FOR KINECT? "

potentially all games could use Kinect. Ryse is a perfect example of a core game that used a controller with the Kinect. That is the beauty of having Kinect in every system as third party ports can be made to take advantage of that added feature. An example of this is in a COD, for example. When you are in close combat situation, you can move your controller and perform melee attacks and the action will be display on-screen or use hand throwing motion to throw a grenade, for example.

maniacmayhem1610d ago


Like you care. You claim you're still on the fence about purchasing a 360 after SEVEN years of it being on the market. Why would you care now that Kinect is mandatory or any of the X1 games?

You stayed on this site like a pig in sh*t yelling and ranting about how MS left their gaming core, how they didn't have any exclusives, how they didn't have enough vested in games, how they didn't care about gaming or the gamer.

Now here's an article telling you just the opposite of what you ranted forever about their new system, PLUS the announcement of them having 15 new games which 8 are new IP's and STILL you complain ... about KINECT.

Kinect is what they invested in, yes there will be games that utilize Kinect that we can all be 100% sure of. There will also be games that use a hybrid of Kinect and the controller and I'm sure there will be games that don't use it.

Instead of being the class A d-bag that you usually are about MS (and anything non-sony), you should at least be giving them some high marks for investing that much money alone into gaming.

kenshiro1001611d ago

They showed Kinect titles last E3. If the focus is on media and entertainment, then you can't blame people for doubting that they'll show core titles, based on this new console disaster and last E3.

I have no faith in Microsoft to blow me away atm.

GameCents1610d ago

No friend. There are no SONY fans right now. The next gen has not begun yet (sorry Ninty) and so there are no divides.
There is no need to commit yourself to a company or console that will enslave you for 10 years to come. Right now we are all fans of gaming and this console is a threat to the hobby we love.

I know the other side seems to be taunting you about this and yes it isn't right how they are going on about it but this time they have a point and we have to join them.
I'll miss Forza Motorsport horribly, that sexy controller too! But nothing is worth losing our rights to the games we own and being able to just game whenever and wherever we want, not even sweet beautiful Forza 5 *looks back at SONY crowd for confirmation* *crowd nods*

Won't you join us, brother?

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NateCole1611d ago

Well that is a great start MS. It was long overdue.

I want real exclusives and for the love of god develope a bloody Killer Instinct!!.

kenshiro1001611d ago

Thank you. I've been waiting for years for a new KI.