GamesBeat's Dean Takahashi interviews Microsoft's new Xbox head, Phil Spencer. He says he'll make sure gamers are first-class citizens on Microsoft platforms.
This should be good for Xbox gamers.
Good for gaming as a whole!
Gamers come first until stockholders demand more money.. The way this business seems to be working, he will be replaced by next year..
What Phil needs to do next is get rid of that parity clause with indie games and give out newer games with GWG on 360 and deliver us great and newer games with GWG. If they do that then Xbox will be even better.
from a platform owner's view, i'm not sure why the parity clause is a bad thing. from a developer's view, it is clear that it is a bad thing. but how is microsoft going to make money from games that arrive on its platform late?
You're not sure why punishing developers is a bad thing just because you have an xbox one?
It's only a good thing from the X1 platform owners view...because you guys are the ones that get the games at the same time as everyone else. What about owners of EVERY other platform, that are now forced to wait weeks/months for a version of the game irrelevant (for them) to be done. The policy literally ONLY benefits xbox owners, all it does is hurt every other platform.
@Dean if they get rid of it then more Indies will come and support X1, which means more games for us.
@deantak EXACTLY!!!! And on top of that, it is free for indies on the xbox platform. Something has to give!
That really is not too big of an issue. Indies are getting a great deal on XBox already They don't make a brake the system. They need Xbox more than XBox needs them. That is not boastful or arrogant. It is reality I am not going to fault M$ for trying to ensure I get Quality from these upstarts
They could release on PC and PS4 they don't need Xbox considering the PC market is quite large and PS4 has larger fanbase right now. Just like FFXIV, DC Online, Outlast and stuff like Everquest, Daylight, Octodad coming to PC/PS4 they actually don't need to release on Xbox One and do just fine.
I can't keep track of all these executive changes at Microsoft anymore.
I'm pretty sure you only need one hand to count all of them.
we will see
This is actually what i like to hear and just hope he does it still from now on. Spencer: As I said, I have learned a ton from the fan feedback I get. I’d like to think that every great idea comes out of our company, but they don’t. We are making sure that we are listening and that feedback is open. That makes all of us better. There are people out there who are fans and they have a connection to all that we are doing. I want to make sure we are listening.
"...Microsoft could have been more aware of fan sensibilities when it made decisions last year such as prohibiting the sale of used games on the Xbox One... How could MS not be "AWARE" of this? It was only the hottest topic that whole time. EA's Sim City just came off a huge media backlash with their DRM. Adam Orth was fired because of his tweets, almost every publication talked about the rumored DRM for the new Xbox. This guy has a lot of mess to clean up. The first thing in my opinion is to re-organize that UI. The Metro is cool and all but from my hands on experience it needs to be more streamlined. They need a return to the old franchises too. Perfect Dark, Conker and Banjo are just sitting on the bench, ready to get in the game and help out the team score some runs. MS has two well known mascots just collecting dust. How easy it would be to market Conker to the masses. They need an official slash of price. PS4 is a great deal at $400 bux, there is no question about it. Sure you may be getting a Kinect included but in these tough times an extra 100 is more money spent. If they can officially drop the price to 450 and still include Kinect, the Xbox will look to be a better deal. "Put gamers first.." This guy is definitely taking a page out of the Sony book. Present you console as a gaming machine first to the public and most important xbox fanboys but still implement all the other TV, Movie and Music features.
Come on you can't say Microsoft hasn't been a different animal since launch? We know the issues of last year, but i see real improvements happening and its only a good thing. Not trying to be a troll, but in many ways Sony has gone backwards since launch. Sony has been really quiet compared to Microsoft since launch. It depressing to see Sony not capitalise on their high of last year. Sony needs to go big at E3 and i see no signs of big E3 for Sony. Its only two months away.
"Sony has been really quiet compared to Microsoft since launch." Sony doesn't really need to say anything, they came out the gate with strength, and are ahead in sales. MS made the mistake of putting all their cards on the table with very bad decisions and Sony just looked at them and countered every single one. Sony was extremely smart, MS announces DRM, Sony says NO DRM, MS says 500, Sony says 400. It was just a one, two constant punch. The only thing MS did right was to have more AAA titles at launch for their system. I'm sure both companies will have big E3's. They have no choice, they have to present their new consoles to the masses of having a good future line up of games.
I think the parity clause needs to go for Indie games. I only have Xbox and I'd rather get a game late than never. I'm not going to go out and buy a PS4 just for an Indie game and I doubt many Xbox owners would either so I can't see them losing out in long run. Obviously I expect it to stay in place for big full price titles as I would be pissed if they were to release for example an new Assassins Creed and it came out first on PS4. Smaller developers have a problem developing on multiple platforms due to small teams so there needs to be some flexibility for them.
It's about time. Xbox has subordinated gamers since Kinect was announced and they were chasing after the Wii market...which is now the phone/tablet market.
The first thing they need to do is attract more developers by getting rid of the draconic parity clause.
As it should be... with more power comes great responsibility. Phil definitly has a huge task ahead but i hope he continues to expand MS 1st party studios..also i need a new kameo, conker and Banjoe k
Isn't that what they all say? I mean, what is supposed to say, that games suck only nerd play them? PR talk at its finest, sponsored by Mountain Dew.
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