Microsoft Spends $1 Billion on Exclusive Xbox One Games
May 30, 2013 9:33 AM
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Microsoft Xbox One will have at least 15 exclusive games
One of the good things about being the largest software company on the planet is that you have a seriously big checkbook. Given its generous cash position, Microsoft has reportedly spent $1 billion securing exclusive games for the launch of the Xbox One game console.
It's good to hear that Microsoft is spending significant money to secure impressive games for its coming game console after some came away from the unveil of the device with an impression that it was more focused on streaming video and entertainment than gaming.
The $1 billion Microsoft plans to invest in exclusive games will get
users 15 exclusive titles in the first year the console is available including a few completely new franchises. Microsoft has also spent significant money on beefing up its staff including hiring former Sony exec Phil Harrison to manage internal products and developer relations in Europe.
Rare Ltd is also reportedly working to bring one of its iconic franchises back to gamers in something that Microsoft executives are billing as a "historic" revival. Microsoft is also securing game from Black Task Studios that is said to be an action title designed to compete with
Gears of War
Another interesting title that has been talked about briefly is called Quantum Break; the trailer for that game turned up a while back and can be viewed
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RE: A commendable move
5/30/2013 10:56:52 AM
a) 30% (theoretical difference) is a pretty long way from 50% (not going to be anywhere near this).
b) I actually hate exclusives, but the media features of the new XBox are swaying me towards the MS console (also the fact that I have no faith in Sony to design a controller that isn't a complete piece of crap).
As a side bonus it looks like MS is going to be the console with the exclusive titles (currently PS3 has more/better exclusives, although I still barely use it - the controller is just so shit).
I'm not going to get both consoles this time, I just don't get enough out of them, hell the XBox 360 is mostly used for Guitar Hero (with my drunk mates) and media stuff.
RE: A commendable move
5/30/2013 11:14:39 AM
a) The specs are pretty clear. 50% is a slightly conservative estimate based on the assumption that Microsoft will maximize the design of their eSRAM part.
b) Exclusives are a best-case scenario for big software, as development resources are not spread thin by the porting process. The only reason you hate them is because if you wanted the software you'd [potentially] have to buy extra hardware.
If the rest of the PS4's design philosophy is any sign, the PS4 controller will feel and play pretty much like the 360 controller.
"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007
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