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Microsoft Investing $1 Billion In Xbox One Games
The Xbox One announcement left Xbox fans a little bit worried that the next-gen console is an entertainment system rather than a games system but Microsoft wants to turn that opinion around.
Along with the promise that the Xbox One will get 15 exclusive games in its first launch year, Microsoft has also said it’s investing $1 billion into developing games for next-gen.
Don Mattrick (president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business) and Phil Spencer (Microsoft Studios corporate vice president), spoke to the Official Xbox Magazine, saying they want the Xbox One to be about “serious fun” and that “people are way, way under-indexing how hard we’re punching.”
“We’re going to come out with detail on things and people are going to go, ‘oh my god,’” Mattrick said. “Like, ‘they were focused, they made this a core goal, core activity.’ There are great hits, there’s innovation, and there are world class creators plugged in. You know, I keep track of it all, and I hope everyone here does – we kind of look back at all the different years and at what we shipped, how many units have sold. There’s a lot of hyperbole about things, but I think we’re going to deliver.”
Apparently these new games will tie in with Xbox One’s new entertainment and online services to create a truly next-gen experience, promising that there will be something for everyone. Whether you want to play a game for just two minutes or two hours.
Microsoft seems very confident that it’s going to deliver exactly what gamers want with the Xbox One and it says E3 will be “all about the games.” Let’s hope that’s true as Microsoft has some serious impressing to do, as does Sony. Sony can’t just rely on its console reveal, it’ll have to really push the boat out on games too, as well as answer some important questions that have currently gone unanswered.
Either way, Microsoft definitely has the financial advantage here and investing $1 billion in games alone is a move that proves that the Xbox One will be a game console as well as a home entertainment system.
You can watch Microsoft’s E3 show on Monday June 10 at 9:30am (Pacific time).