Is A Billion Dollars Invested in Xbox One Games Enough to Appease Fans and Critics Alike

Gareth at Skewed and Reviewed has posted an opinion piece that asks if the recent announcement by Microsoft of $1billion dedicated to game development for the Xbox One system is enough to satisfy fans and appease critics. The article looks at some of the things that Microsoft can do such as in game video chat and integrated socialization as ways that they can improve the state of gaming.

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Gimmemorebubblez1574d ago

We will see. Although some people are impossible to please.

The_Infected1574d ago

Well you can't buy talent but let's hope they put it in the right hands.

falviousuk1574d ago (Edited 1574d ago )

yet Sony buying devs is allright, i guess you can buy talent after all, as long as it has Sony Attached to it somewhere

loulou1574d ago

it all depends on what they have.

but, it will never be enough for blogs4fanboys though.

NewMonday1574d ago

more like a billion dollars on DRM tracking infrastructure

thechosenone1574d ago (Edited 1574d ago )

If it's anything like the 400 million they spent on Kinect then no. Did they even spend that much?


givemeshelter1574d ago

So when Sony "buys" talent's alright then?

Hicken1574d ago

Oh, Microsoft CAN buy talent. Just doesn't seem like they're very interested in doing so.

They had Rare, and...
They had Bungie, and...
They had Epic, and...
Mass Effect was exclusive, but...
Bioshock was exclusive, but...

Not saying they were all the same situation, but Microsoft has had a lot of talent under their umbrella, or exclusively on their console, and yet it all seems to have escaped them. Lionhead is another example of a dev that isn't what it was.

And unlike Sony, they haven't gone out and replaced that lost talent, or acquired much in the way of new talent. Yes, they've got a bunch of studios, many of which are designated as being mobile or Kinect developers. Why do you think people should be excited over that?

When you look at Microsoft's recent dearth of core games(outside their staple few, of course), why should anybody be hopeful for solid core support?

When you look at how core game support died over the course of this gen, or how they suddenly ended support last gen, why should anyone expect more from them in the upcoming generation?

You Xbox guys are super quick to defend and deflect, but you have no grasp on why people wouldn't share your enthusiasm. And you seem to have no interest in understanding.

S2Killinit1574d ago

its interesting that some of you guys are acting like you don't know what Microsoft does. Its not a big secret guys so lets call it what it is. Microsoft tends to buy 3rd party games that would otherwise be available to all gamers and makes them exclusive (or timed exclusive) to only a select group of gamers (xbox owners) This is a trend we saw with the 360. Sony buying studios? Most of the studios owned by Sony were developed into what they are By Sony. They actually contribute to the gaming habitat. And, there is a good reason for all this. Microsofts game plan is to cater to gamers only so long as that market has not been saturated. Then once thats done, MS moves focus to casuals and applications. (as we saw with the 360) This is why it doesn't make sense for them to have too many 1st party developers. Do you really think MS doesn't have the money to buy up a ton of them? They just don't want to because their game plan is not to cater to core gamers for more than 3 years. Those 3 years are a window in which MS can just buy exclusivity from 3rd parties since the Playstation install base will not be large enough to prevent MS from being able to afford the purchase. MS will have plenty of games come E3, there is no doubt about that, but that wont be telling of their long term plans.

gaffyh1574d ago

$1 Billion doesn't actually seem like too much if this is the budget for the entire generation (lets say 10 years), including marketing costs. That equates to $100 million a year, which is at most 2 AAA games, but we know that this will also include XBLA games, DLC contracts with other devs, and Kinect titles.

creatchee1574d ago


"You Xbox guys are super quick to defend and deflect, but you have no grasp on why people wouldn't share your enthusiasm. And you seem to have no interest in understanding."

Same could be said of Playstation guys who are quick to attack and insult when they have no interest in understanding that some people like the Xbox brand a lot.

And yes, I know that some of those people have legitimate concerns about some of Xbox One's features. But you can tell the difference between them and the Sony zealots who post in EVERY Xbox related thread to talk about a DRM system that is neither finalized nor confirmed to only being done by Microsoft, or talk about the Call of Duty dog, or say "TV TV TV."

No, people concerned and curious about the One are waiting to see what is officially true and false rather than trolling everything as hard as they can. The people doing that made up their mind well before the conference even happened. Those are people who have "no interest in understanding".

kreate1573d ago


I understand fanboys are fanboys but between sony and Microsoft, as far as gaming goes,

shouldn't u be on the side of sony?
we all know they're both out to get profits but when u analyze their business practices, Microsoft clearly doesn't care about gaming, they are literally out there to get profits.

that's why xbox live is so successful, xbox gamers are exploited and manipulated by Microsoft. I know sony fanboys been attacking Microsoft these days but who cares? unless ur a fanboy urself.

Microsoft needs a beating from everyone. all gamers need to unite and start a revolution against the evil corporate empire known as Microsoft /s

until they change their ways and get rid of anything that has to do with anti used games or always kinected or the 24hr check drm bull.

let's not let the changes be gradual so gamers can get exploited and manipulated again.

slowly trying to get rid of used games is a no go. cuz the generation after that would be no used games period.

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The_Infected1574d ago (Edited 1574d ago )


Sony didn't hand over $1 billion they built up good relationships with Developers and then they purchase them. Sony's studios are known for amazing talent over the years. Microsoft is throwing money around unless they have also built good relationships with great talented Developers. Hopefully at E3 we will know where the money went.

Utalkin2me1574d ago (Edited 1574d ago )

Doesn't matter. The console is what it is regardless of what games it has. So no, for me it will not change my mine in the least.

Haules1574d ago (Edited 1574d ago )

People don't get it... Most of the one Billion Dollars will be Invested on marketing ads/commercials... typical MS.

They invested 400 million on marketing Kinect...
Halo3, odst, reach and 4 games were over 200 million on marketing alone.

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Kingthrash3601574d ago

MS spending a billion dollars on games or devs or whatever worries me. yea its sounds good and is good...but MS always has a catch ya know. to invest that much means they want triple back and fees may be the ticket to this goal....the fact that they havent answered the questions we want answer or debunked rumors we've all heard is most likely because they are true. we as gamers dont like to be charged for everything we do but that seems to be the case and this billion dollar investment is proof of this.

like I said its a good thing but....I smell some kinda catch.

3-4-51574d ago

For a billion dollars they could give us 100 $10 million dollar games.

ChiaPet1574d ago

Well, I am 100% sure that no matter what Xbox One does, these forums will be filled with complaints and attacks.

It's just what N4G is: pointing out the negative aspects in everything Microsoft.

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EasilyTheBest1574d ago (Edited 1574d ago )

A billion is one hell of a lot of money.

I think that a big reveal for Xone at E3 will be, the right side of the console can open and here you will be able to slot in a small black box that is basicly a Xbox360.
No one was allowed to touch the Xbox One at the reveal and they also said there will be a big reveal for the 360 at E3. Could this be it? Could this be the rumours we heard about a Mini 360?
That means we can play all our 360 games plus we can just sign in and all our Live games will still be playable.

That could be huge for Microsoft.

@ Gimmemorebubblez

Please explain to me how thats my scenario for Xbox fans?
Huh what???

Gimmemorebubblez1574d ago (Edited 1574d ago )

That is easilythebest scenario for Xbox fans. I still do not trust MS when it comes to numbers like 1 BILLION USD and 200 gb/s bandwidth and 4 times the power in the cloud. I hope MS truly has invested 1 billion-dollars in games that doesn't include ad. campaigns and NFL deals.

AngelicIceDiamond1574d ago (Edited 1574d ago )

Ok, considering MS said they've never invested that much with a launch of a console. The 360 line up was good at the time and its launch window.

If MS goes above and beyond its game launch compared to 360 than that's only good for the gamer.

"I hope MS truly has invested 1 billion-dollars in games that doesn't include ad. campaigns and NFL deals."

You think that 1 bill went to The National Football League? Umm you can't stick a controller on that back of a human head and try to control them...

The NFL deal was something TOTALLY different, an entire different part of Xbox MS already said they spent 400million dollars on NFL. So yeah, they spent wayy more on games than none gaming from what it looks like.

Why do I feel like I'm the only one that tries to make sense on this site?

DevilishSix1574d ago (Edited 1574d ago )

Why would it be big deal and great for gamers Easily, if they annouce a 360 mini to attach to the Xbox One so you can play your 360 games on it. That would be just going to the well again in my eyes and really tick fans off even more then just having Backwards Compatibility day one. You know like 360 had at launch. I have a feeling MS wants to make money off Backwards Compatability, which would fall in line with how the Xbox One feels to me, which is less value to gamers, but more money to the platform holder.

kayoss1574d ago

Wow Microsoft is already prepared. 1 billion dollars just in case the RROD happens again... amazing!

ltachiUchiha1574d ago

Its not how much u spend on game development, its what you are creating. Microsoft needs to stop locking themselves away & take chances on creating new ip's that will draw alot of attention from the core base. They need new titles that can stand out and ppl can say that game was made from microsofts 1st party studio but most of their known franchises were from 3rd party studios. Heck they ended their reveal with COD which is also on other systems. They just need to take more risks since they have the money to do it. Why not take advantage of that billion dollars & flex their muscles but in order to do that, they need to grow some balls & not being scared to try new ideas. If the competition can do it with a tighter budget, why cant they?

Garethvk1574d ago (Edited 1574d ago )

I think in many ways they got locked into a business model by Windows. Simply throw money and press releases at something until the competition goes away, sells to you, or becomes obsolete. The problem is neither Sony nor Nintendo goes away so easily as they have plenty of resources as well.

So throwing money at Activision to ensure an Xbox logo on all new COD trailers and to ensure all new map packs come out on Xbox first is nice, but it is not the best way to do things as you said.

Sony does a good amount of development but them or companies that they own and have seen some great results in that area especially in the God of War, Uncharted, Killzone, and Infamous series.

Zichu1574d ago

I totally agree. People can make quality games without having to spend so much money.

Pretty sure Minecraft didn't cost much to make. It took a lot of hours to make.

I'm really hoping these games are worth it. I don't want to see them all being Kinect only games because that's not what a lot of us want. MS are still paying for DLC to be released on their consoles first. They must think money can create innovation.

Godmars2901574d ago

Is it invested in developing games, securing 3rd party IPs for full or limited exclusivity, or the advertising of all of the above?

Garethvk1574d ago

That is the million, err billion dollar question. You can burn through that very fast with 3rd party exclusive deals as you have to pay big time for them to abandon revenue streams from other consoles and PC and you know they will unleash a massive add campaign. I am betting that when we get to E3 there will be a building with a massive Xbox logo on it somewhere and if not then, soon after. If you go to Comic Con in San Diego you will see hotels and buildings around the center decked out in art.

PigPen1574d ago

It will most likely be Microsoft exclusive games, meaning they own the rights to the games.

Garethvk1574d ago

I agree that would be a great feature. I have always wondered why the whole notion of backwards compatibility is lost on developers. I know there comes a day when you have to move on from old games but even on the PC some developers made versions of games that were tweaked to run on the new faster systems or offered patches so 386 era games could run on a Pentium.

Our PS 3 was one of the early ones and did play PS 2 games but we only used that feature a couple of times as by the time the PS 3 game out we had moved on to the new games. However, with something like Halo and Gears, gamers should not have to keep two systems or give up being able to play previous games in a series. I know many people who are debating when they turn in their current consoles towards a new one and what to do with all their old games when they do so. This could be a nice way around that issue.

Minato-Namikaze1574d ago

I used BC about 10 times between the PS2 and PS3. I'd much rather not have and have the PS4 at a lower price point than having a feature that only 5% of users use and probably only use during the 1st 12-18 months of the consoles life cycle.

Imalwaysright1574d ago

Where did you pull those numbers from? Your ass?

ceedubya91574d ago


You bring up a pretty good point about Halo and Gears. Halo especially, as that is Microsoft's flagship franchise. I remember when the 360 came out, Halo 2 was a BC title that 360 gamers could play on the console. It made sense that the original Xbox's most popular online game would be made available to those that were upgrading to the new console.

Seems like that won't be an option this time, but I wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft decided to release a "GOTY" version of Halo 4 for the One. Even better, it would be great if it were already pre-installed on the Hard drive of every xbox one at release.

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