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: 5 Games for a Billion
5/30/2013 4:30:37 PM
So you're saying it's a way to justify the cost? Because you'll be able to play more games?
I think that's a pretty bad way to look at it. For one, you're increasing it's cost by demanding backwards compatibility. Second, you can play those games now, you won't gain anything in gameplay from playing it on another box. Second, cost is definitely a big deal, which is why we want adoption to be quick, so that it reaches everyone's personal price threshold quicker. No one says you need to buy at launch, but the rate of adoption and the price points do contribute greatly towards that goal. Let the early adopters see those benefits first, so you can get yours cheaper sooner. Early adopters want much more tangible benefits, rather than a gimmick selling point.
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