Windows and Xbox joining forces on a more intimate level has been a very long time coming, and with the major news of today, Microsoft has further solidified its commitment to both platforms. Microsoft has fully committed itself to bringing its biggest Xbox brands to the Windows platform, and it seems to be the dawn of a new age.
It is unclear which games will and will not be brought to the Windows platform, but it’s fair to assume that a vast majority of them will ultimately come to PC. Looking forward in 2016, major upcoming games like Crackdown 3, Halo Wars 2 and of course, Quantum Break look like perfect fits for the Windows and Xbox combination.
Microsoft will surely have more to share about how Xbox One and Windows are going to be intertwined during E3 later this year. Xbox One head Phil Spencer talked about some of the things Microsoft is considering and what they hope to be able to do with Windows and Xbox One now more closely intertwined.
“No, we’ve said we have a commitment to bring our biggest franchises. We talked about Halo Wars, we’ve talked about things that… it’s not a, ‘hey, we’re gonna wait and see.’ We’re in, right. We are in, and we want to make sure that PC gamers are able to play PC games that we can go build. I love investing more in PC games. It would be nice to invest in some very tried-and-true PC genres when we think about that, of, ‘hey, let’s go and build some great PC games as part of our portfolio,'” Spencer told PCGamer.
It’ll be interesting to see what sort of timing Microsoft uses as it relates to when a new Xbox One first-party game drops on the console and when it drops on Windows. Like we saw with Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, which just launched on PC today, could we be seeing a similar trend of new games coming to PC a few months after they debut on Xbox One?
Some people might be thinking that what Microsoft is in the midst of doing is just a flavor of the month or short-term effort, but that seems to be contrary to the messaging coming from Spencer. He reiterated how invested Microsoft and the Xbox division are in the Windows and Xbox pairing.
“But no, the Quantum Break thing is definitely not a, ‘hey, we’re gonna try this out and see how it does.’ From the top of the company on down, we’re committed to making sure gaming is great on Windows, and we think first-party content has a role to play there,” Spencer said.
Quantum Break is the next major Xbox One first-party title to be coming from Microsoft, as it arrives on April 5. The game has already gone gold and for more information on what incentives gamers will have for Quantum Break, check out Microsoft’s recent news for the game.