Spencer Explains Why Microsoft Didn't Bring Windows Games to E3

Microsoft didn't really hold a press conference this week during E3, Xbox did.

While the company hosted the press conference, we didn't hear a thing about games for Windows phone or Windows PC gaming, a fact that wasn't missed by Xbox head Phil Spencer.

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NYC_Gamer1616d ago

Then people would have complained that MS focused too much on PC games...

Magicite1616d ago

Im still curious what they have got left to show.

FarEastOrient1616d ago

Is this correct or the wiki hasn't been updated yet. Microsoft is only developing 2 games on PC for 2014?

thereapersson1616d ago

Why would it matter? PC gamers don't need a Games for Windows association to enjoy games on PC. In fact most people are glad to see the GFW:LIVE program go away. It was an answer to a problem that didn't exist.

choujij1616d ago

IMO, they're devoping more games for Windows than people give them credit for. Xb1 is running a custom Windows 8 OS. Microsoft even said the porting process can be done in a day. So I suspect many of their Xb1 titles to eventually release on Windows PC.

DeadlyFire1615d ago (Edited 1615d ago )

It likely is correct as Microsoft does little work to get anyone interested in PC gaming. Since 2000 PC gaming has pretty much lived on its own without any support from Microsoft. Still though making 2 games a year on PC is more than Valve's one game a year policy since Half-Life 2. Steam has grown on its own to form a majority of PC gamers. Now Valve is hoping to build a platform to pull gamers out of just a Windows gaming environment.

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Dynasty20211616d ago

True, but good PC news is bad for "gamer" websites that make their money off console news.

Not a single "well known" website, like IGN or Gamespot or Eurogamer, mentioned that PAX East this year was 100% DOMINATED by PC games, blowing consoles out the water.

But nobody reported about it, because "nobody cares about PC gaming, it's dying", or whatever bullcrap console gamers come up with today.

LightDiego1616d ago (Edited 1616d ago )

Look this guy again, complaining about the console gamers. you are always trolling on consoles articles with the pc master race bullshit.
Your comments are a big joke.

kewlkat0071616d ago

Bet you that would of been it...Too much PC games, they loose E3.

Then again, some thought they lost E3 because there was too much focused on just games..

3-4-51616d ago

Good move.

This needed to be announced at a different time as to not take away from XB1 focus.

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vega2751616d ago (Edited 1616d ago )

I'm pretty sure people would have been complaining that MS has shifted focus from console games to pc gaming and how they are now abandoning console gamers

Christopher1616d ago

Which is funny because originally it was how Microsoft had abandoned PC gamers. Now we're just rolling with that. It's okay to abandon PC gamers, but don't you ever do anything to give the impression that you are abandoning consoles in any way, shape, or form.

BABYLEG1616d ago

People would've said they focused too much on games and not enough on multimedia even though we know the Xbox one is the best media machine out there.

As an Xbox owner, I'm surprised people are complaining that all they showed was games.. we already know all the capabilities. Why other companies focus on 8 separate game products while on the brink of bankruptcy is beyond me. Seems like ps4 only will be playing 3rd party AAA titles until 2016

Allsystemgamer1616d ago

You clearly didn't watch e3. Ps4 games come out early 2015. Lbp3 and drive club are this holiday 2014 so you are incredibly miss informed.

sic_chops1616d ago

I think he is informed, but a troll.

Codey471616d ago

Tbh Microsoft allegedly state how dedicated they are to the PC platform, but every time they only show how dedicated they are to monopolis(z)e it.

GFWL and Windows 8 spring to mind immediately.
I should know I've been here before on many occasions whence Microsoft state "we're dedicated to PC" it always means the opposite.

Even here on N4G's PC section the only way a PC topic can muster over 4 comments is when it has PS4 and XBOX One connected to the title. Not acceptable for a gaming centric site.

To be honest, especially after "watchdoggate" I don't think that PC is the go to platform this gen. Because history has a trick of repeating itself with PC.

Everybody seems to have high hopes on PC with DirectX12 When in reality DirectX11's Native full compliance support is somewhat laughable (ie:- not shoehorned in with a patch)

6 games are native DirectX11 on the PC platform as of writing this

Crysis 3
Tropico 5
War Of The Vikings

I think for a 5 year old API to have a catalogue of 6 games that are fully compliant is ridiculous.

There's a reason Crysis 3 looks better than Crysis 2 (post DX11 patch)
Crysis 3 Native DX11
Crysis 2 shoehorned patch DX11

Please don't retort with a DirectX11 list of games from wikipedia. Like I said 99% of those titles of are patched... not built from the ground up with the API in question. 

It's also be nice if DX12 were to add new vertex, pixel and shader models. Atm I'm lead to believe(I haven't read the white papers) That it's just a speed increase for multicore CPU's.

feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

F4sterTh4nFTL1616d ago (Edited 1616d ago )

Yet only 4.5 Million Xbox One's sold while their are hundreds of millions of PC gamers perhaps a billion maybe.

If Microsoft did not abandon PC gaming in favor of Xbox then perhaps PC gaming would have made much more money for them than what Xbox did and perhaps they would have been able to establish a digital store rivaling Steam or maybe they could have been the Steam in that alternate timeline.

Codewow1616d ago

If they would have focused on PC gaming it would definitely be interesting to see where Sony and Nintendo would be if they continued with consoles.

DeadlyFire1615d ago

Well its likely in the future that Windows gaming might go downward while SteamOS, Linux, MacOS, and possibly others spring up for the PC. Considering a Cloud app could be supported on all platforms with the same catalog of games. Microsoft does very little to build support for the Windows gaming platform as its so big that it pretty much moves on its own.

Vegamyster1616d ago (Edited 1616d ago )

"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."

On the E3expo website:

"E3 is the world's premier trade show for computer and video games and related products."

LAWSON721616d ago (Edited 1616d ago )

Who do you think was watching MS press conference people interested in PC or Xbone? I agree with what he is saying, it does not seem like the right place to do it. Would I have loved some PC news at the show, sure, but being realistic the conference has never been about PC (at least for a very long time) so those watching are wanting Xbox news. MS has set their E3 showing up for Xbox so that is what people have come to expect from them, so why disappoint them.

The show has PC games however PC is kind of that independent platform that has no lead company supporting it for gaming (besides Valve but...). It just has publishers and developers show off their games for the platform.

As far as MS is concerned it is a console show because they have obtained that image through years of making it that way, thus their audience is console gamers so why would they show them PC games? Especially as he stated they could save it for an actual event where the PC crowd is their major audience or can make them their main focus.

Vegamyster1616d ago (Edited 1616d ago )

If they took 2 minutes to announce some older games for Steam with Steamworks like Gears Of War 1 without GFWL since that's going away they'd receive lots of praise and wouldn't compromise the Xone. They could appeal both groups if they wanted.

Somebody1615d ago

Ok, let's say E3 is for consoles only and MS don't think it's appropriate for it to show it's Windows games there.


When and where does MS announce it's Windows games in an E3 like manner? As far as I know I have never heard of such thing existed. And ALL of the Windows games that Spencer is excited about are F2Ps with a big focus on touch screen. Another batch of games that keep asking for your money while playing is not something to celebrate.

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