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 11:04:21 PM
The Wii made have some more units, but once Nintendo reached market saturation with it, ie, everyone who wanted one had one, they stopped making money off it. The complete lack of games meant that they receive pretty much zilch in royalties, leading to their current dire financial straits.
The X360 and PS3 moved fewer consoles, but the game sales will ensure MS & Sony continue to make money on them even after they've been replaced by the XOne and PS4.
RE: A commendable move
5/31/2013 6:47:36 AM
I remember a quote from one of the editors of a big games review website. The reviewers would almost fight to review the 360/PS3 games and whomever lost the fight would have to review the Wii games.
No one wanted to review the Wii games.
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