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Phil Spencer says it's alright for PC gamers to not buy an Xbox One

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Gosh, that’s a relief. If you’re a PC gamer and can’t see your way to also buying an Xbox One, Big Phil Spencer is at peace with it.

Asked at a recent Microsoft event why a Steam-lover with a monster machine would want to buy an Xbox One, he replied, after a long pause: “You might not.”

Why not pick a racing game to tide you over until Forza?

“I'm not trying to trick you into buying an Xbox One,” the Xbox boss went on. The sudden PC appearance of the longtime Xbox exclusive Forza Motorsport as the free-to-play Apex? That’s not a way to lure you over to Phil’s way of thinking.

“That’s not the plan,” he said. “So they might not [buy an Xbox One], and I want that to be OK.”

Phil was able to think of a few reasons why PC gamers might want an Xbox One, however - the eternal appeal of couch co-op; shared saves and cross-system profiles; the end of “disconnected islands”.

“If you decide that you want a PC gaming rig and to have an Xbox One, the fact that Microsoft has a presence in both of those places is gonna make your life better,” he concluded.

Spencer’s referring to a renewed initiative within Microsoft to play a role in Windows gaming. Key to that is Windows 10’s planned Universal Windows Platform, which Microsoft say is a “fully open ecosystem”, but which Epic boss Tim Sweeney worries could lock down PC game distribution. Are you worried?

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Anakhoresis Avatar
2 Years ago

If he actually suggested couch co-op, I'd like to slap him. I bought an Xbox One and there's really not much to play couch co-op (or split-screen in general) with that hasn't been done already. Master Chief Collection, just remastered Halo games (and the new Halo game REMOVED split screen!). Borderlands, remastered Borderlands games. Gears of War remastered. Call of Duty, well, it's Call of Duty. Except I guess Minecraft, which I'm not particularly a fan of, there's nothing really specific to Xbox One that makes that any reason to get it.

And everything else he mentioned is possible on the PC anyway. Though, it would be rather interesting for Steam to implement a couch co-op mode where multiple steam profiles could login. Not particularly useful, though, I think.

Jeremy Peel Avatar
2 Years ago

Well said - couch co-op is suffering a quiet death, outside of TowerFall. Real shame, that.