As the world’s leading games conference draws ever closer this month, Microsoft have spoken out regarding their plans to dedicate more time and titles to the fast-changing PC gaming market at E3 2015. Xbox boss Phil Spencer made to pledge to gamers, vowing that the mistakes the company made with the “Games for Windows Live” line will not be repeated with the upcoming launch of Windows 10. In an interview with Microsoft co-sponsor PC Gamer, Spencer prepared to address the concerns many devout PC gamers had expressed with the support the company had shown the platform in the past.
“We weren’t fully committed as a company, and I’ve said that before. We made commitments to developers and consumers that I don’t feel we lived up to,” he said when asked about “Games for Windows Live.” “The key difference now is that the Xbox team is driving the Windows and console gaming efforts as one connected ecosystem.”
E3 2015 marks a seminal year for the long standing annual conference. This June will present the first-ever dedicated PC press conference at an E3 event. Hosted by PC Gamer, the conference is set to pull out all of the major developers for the PC platform, including World of Warcraft studio Blizzard, Square Enix (known for the Final Fantasy series), as well as hardware company AMD. Now, of course, Phil Spencer has confirmed Microsoft to be joining the lineup of the industry leaders and heavyweights as a guest and sponsor.
“You can absolutely count on us to invest in games for the PC. While we want to break down the walls between platforms, we also know that certain games are optimized for certain devices.”
The PC community is arguably the most hardcore area in the gaming world, and yet, despite this fact, the absence of platform support shown from big name studios and developers has not gone unnoticed. While indie titles have flourished online, it is remarkable how little room the AAA industry has given itself to grow on the platform, creating an immense divide between the community and the industry.
For now, it seems that Microsoft have seen the error of their ways and are dedicated to bringing PC gamers back into the fold without attempting to sway them away from their chosen device.
The launch of Windows 10 is set to mark a new era of dedicated PC and potentially cross-platform gaming from Xbox. Naturally, during his interview, Phil Spencer tackled the question of the iconic series, Halo, making its way to the PC platform. “There’s definitely a legacy there,” Spencer stated, “So no, we wouldn’t rule out more Halo coming to the PC.”
E3 2015 will run from Tuesday, June 16, starting at 5 p.m. PDT, with Microsoft revealing all about upcoming titles, devices, and software at their press conference at 9:30 a.m., June 17.
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