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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Would have been better spent subsidizing the console
5/30/2013 11:26:50 AM
That $1 billion would have been much better spent subsidizing the cost of the console. At $400 Microsoft could have given away a console to the first 2.5 million buyers. Or they could have lowered the price to $200 for the first 5 million buyers.
I seriously doubt the 15 exclusive titles they have paid for will generate anywhere near 2.5 - 5 million extra Xbox One sales. This generation of consoles will likely last 10+ years. A big lead at the beginning could have been huge and would have definitely attracted developers anyway.
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