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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Gimmemorebubblez1970d ago

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

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Utalkin2me1969d ago (Edited 1969d 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.

Haules1969d ago (Edited 1969d 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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Kingthrash3601969d 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.

3-4-51969d ago

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

ChiaPet1969d 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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EasilyTheBest1970d ago (Edited 1970d 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???

Gimmemorebubblez1970d ago (Edited 1970d 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.

AngelicIceDiamond1969d ago (Edited 1969d 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?

DevilishSix1969d ago (Edited 1969d 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.

kayoss1969d ago

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

ltachiUchiha1970d 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?

Garethvk1970d ago (Edited 1970d 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.

Zichu1969d 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.

Godmars2901970d ago

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

Garethvk1970d 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.

PigPen1969d ago

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

Garethvk1970d 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-Namikaze1969d 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.

Imalwaysright1969d ago

Where did you pull those numbers from? Your ass?

ceedubya91969d 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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