According to an article on OXM, “Microsoft will invest no less than $1 billion into games next gen.” In the interview with OXM, Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, and Phil Spencer, Microsoft Studios corporate vice president, reassured gamers that Microsoft will not be forgetting about games for the Xbox One.
“We’re going to come out with detail on things and people are going to go, ‘oh my god’. Like, ‘they were focused, they made this a core goal, core activity’,” said Mattrick regarding first-party exclusives (of which there will be 15 in the first year of Xbox One). “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.”
In the interview, Spencer discussed how games will be made on next gen to cater for the different wants of consumers. “I think when we started Xbox 360 so many of the games were about ‘I’m going to play it for four or five hours, and then I’m going to play online’…If I want to play a game for two minutes, or I want to play a game for two hours, or I want to play a game with twenty other people, all of those opportunities are available on the platform we’re putting forward.”
Spencer has even gone as far as calling the games he has seen as “quadruple-A experience[s],” as opposed to the triple-A experiences of the current generation of games. He also kept emphasising the idea that the experiences you are having “can roam with devices.” Perhaps the Surface might come into play?
Regarding third parties, Mattrick praised feedback from third parties, “What I’ve heard other people say, without breaking any of their non-disclosure agreements, is that we’ve got something pretty good, and they’re excited to work with us and to see what the capabilities are, and what it could mean for their business. As creators and particularly as consumers, people are like ‘how do I get one early?’”
You can read the full interview on the Official Xbox Magazine website.
While this sounds convincing for gamers, we will have to wait until E3 to see how it all pans out.