Microsoft investing $1 billion into Xbox One games

At least $1 billion will be invested into next-generation games by Microsoft; core games "always important".

Microsoft will be investing an unprecedented amount into games for its next-generation console, the Xbox One.

Speaking to Official Xbox Magazine, Microsoft Game Studios vice president Phil Spencer and president of Interactive Entertainment Business Don Mattrick discussed the future of the console and the company's vision.

At least $1 billion will be invested by Microsoft into next-generation games, a number which may appease fans who scrutinised the company after its Xbox One unveiling focused more on television and entertainment than on games.

Speaking about the console's core titles, Mattrick acknowledged that they are "always important".

"We just ran through our script and counted the number of exclusives, and looked at the amount of money that we're spending and the deals that we have, exclusive windows and [things to create differentiation]. I think, candidly, people are way, way under-indexing how hard we're punching." Mattrick said.

On the topic of the Xbox One's core game market, Mattrick was confident in Microsoft's ability to succeed.

"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'. There are great hits, there's innovation, and there are world class creators plugged in. There's a lot of hyperbole about things, but I think we're going to deliver."

Microsoft has confirmed 15 exclusive games for release in the Xbox One's first year of launch, a move that was accompanied by the opening of Microsoft Game Studios offices in London, Washington, and Victoria, British Columbia.

On the topic of the Xbox One as a development platform, Spencer described the new console as an opportunity to engage with a different audience.

"People are playing games on all kinds of devices, and games with different business models, with different engagement time frames. 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'.

"Today, our creators are really lighting up with the opportunity to build games that can live as full-screen immersive experiences like you're seeing on shelves today, but also the idea of building device experiences that live in the SmartGlass world that connect to what's on the screen. The ability to take your mobile away with you and continue to engage on it, engage with the game. The opportunities today--more people are playing games today than, I think, ever before," he said.

His comments echoed the sentiment of Microsoft senior vice president of Interactive Entertainment Business Yusuf Mehdi, who claimed that the next-generation of console sales could hit one billion units due to deep media opportunities.

"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 added.

For more interviews and news about the Xbox One, check out GameSpot's Xbox One hub.

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Zorine “harli” Te is GameSpot Australia's associate editor.
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N1ghtjar
N1ghtjar

The used games thing bothers me as if i'm fed up of a game I may want to sell it, it also means I can't take a game over to a friends houses as its tied to my account and console. I have been with Microsoft since day 1 looks like the Xbox 360 may be the end of the line for me. Having to have Kinect is also annoying and won't work for a lot of people, I don't use my current Kinect as my living room is not big enough, if you noticed at the announcement they were standing quite a distance away, most users don't have this much space especially if it's kids in their bedrooms, don't they think that this is an important issue and they call themselves the clever ones ooff.

megakick
megakick

I am more concerned about the price, if it ismore then $500 I will stick to PC gaming.

I don't need 4K Display ( like a 4K TV will be affordable anytime soon) and I don't need EYE or KINECT. I am not paying for garbage I DO NOT need or WANT.

farcorners
farcorners

and infuriating the core of their customer base was FREE.

spindie
spindie

This billion dollar shit just adds insult to injury. Its so very dumb when you think about the used games thing. Microsoft is just taking an unnecessary risk. We know they don't want to miss out on the small percentage lost by people buying used games.. But lets face it, those are the people who would probably never spend the full $70 (say what u want but after tax games these days are 70 bucks) So the amount they make by employing this rediculous restriction is a very tiny fraction.. And thats without me even CONSIDERING the reduced amount of people who will buy the console because of this stupid rule. It just bothers me that they go out of their way to make sure they get every last penny instead of it being traded amongst eachother than go on to brag about spending 1Billion to shell out to game devs. By employing this new used games policy they have little to gain but A LOT to lose. I just didn't know microsoft was actually this dumb

Jdc01
Jdc01

They can invest 1 trillion, I am not putting a x1 aka surveillance device in my living room

Celtic_34
Celtic_34

I hope people actually have a brain for once and don't buy this thing.  MS is the chocolate factory and bill gates  is willy wonka.  Be careful.

Mahhn
Mahhn

My main reason for hating MS is that they have done their best to KILL PC games. They stopped making PC games all together. They bloated every OS after XP so it takes 4 to 8 times the resources just to run. I hate MS and will never buy there X box.

Meta_Dragon
Meta_Dragon

Jeeze, wish i had that much money to just throw around! lol

DeanoFantasy
DeanoFantasy

And they will take more money from you in the proses, 'one reasons I never used my 360 to game on apart fro its exclusives, played PlayStation from day 1, bring on the PS4. 

Ra-Maxima
Ra-Maxima

With all my respect 4 xbox 1, I need more than first person shooter. Moreover 2D games like castle crasher and Shadow Complex and others,
these games works on any new mobile or i pad.
there R games for 3d person, explosive JRPG and fighting games. that's what I need.

matrixman2k
matrixman2k

I agree, I'm excited. They may be able to do what the original PS1 did for gaming and expanding it also charging less to develop for allowing all these small back street developers to contribute and bring all these new IPs...

But then, when considering all the privacy risks, well, I'm not prepared or want these risk... safest option is PS4 by the looks of things - no wonder Sonys share price went up by 8 percent during/after MS showed of their nonsense. And if they don't become greedy where you can see the dollar sign on their eyes then we should be okay.

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

I'm counting 4.5 billion invested so far, please let this number hit 10B I'd like to see an example be made out of MS. Well if people get off their ass and stop accepting being run over with excuses like its the way the industry is going, you don't have to buy a gaming console/PC if the industry goes a way you don't like don't support it or support the ones that don't pull this trash. I'll buy a ps4, if Sony pulls any of the crap MS buying I'll go Wii U.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

I don't get it. Microsoft will take away every freedom you have. Your games won't be your own. You will be monitored constantly. You will be forced online constantly. You are going to be paying for a inferior machine that will be depending on a cloud to make it better. Even then it won't make it more powerful. It will only ease the burden on the gpu and cpu. 

Before you call me a sony fanboy know this. I own a original xbox and a 360. I don't own a ps3 and never will. I backed them from the beginning and have been in their camp for 10+ years. Look with your eyes open and know that this machine isn't worth it. And who knows? I'm thinking the ps4 might not be worth it either.

zenstrata
zenstrata

This is not going to get me to ever consider buying this system.  MS would need to remove the internet requirement completely and get rid of the used game transfer fee to regain my interest.

Alex323
Alex323

one billion down the drain

wyan_
wyan_

This would have been the perfect time to mention how many exclusives the 360, the PS3, Wii or whatever console had within the first year of its launch in the past. That would put things into perspective.

Tyroshubi
Tyroshubi

M$ Core Games= Cod 6 ,halo 4 an a 1/2, and Gears of War 8: that time Dom picked his nose.

lethal41
lethal41

Does no one else see the tragedy of this article. The Gaming Industry is at a point where   GAME console developers are having to tell consumers that they are in fact investing in games. 

NO SHIT SHERLOCK, Your are making a games console and have invested money in games!! wow, well JEEEZ MR. that sold it for me, day one purchase.... unbelievable.


Reuwsaat
Reuwsaat

Just put it on a calculator, 1 billion for 15 games is 66,7 million for each game, which is either about or less than the current development costs. It's fascinating when you hear the big numbers, but not so much if you actually look into the pratical part of it.

hrst1
hrst1

Exclusive titles:

COD: Casper

iFart Kinect

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

This is the kind of stuff we wanted to hear, Microsoft. I don't care how many servers you've bought to welcome new players. I want to know what you're doing for me. Maybe that sounds selfish, but I'm a consumer, and you're salesmen. I don't care what you can do for my neighbour and how good my neighbour has it.

Gimme.

EddieDominguez
EddieDominguez

This makes me very excited for E3. They are really putting their money where their mouth is.

davet666
davet666

They say 15 exclusives, and 8 originals, but we know nothing about them. I know Microsoft is at least six months behind schedule on games and the Xbox Reveal confirmed that with 0 exclusive games announced. I'm a gamer I don't need a multimedia center. I want a Gaming platform. I want a Playstation 4.

Sevenstorms
Sevenstorms

You Sony Fanboys got to be the biggest hypocrites there are!!! You guys bitch that Microsoft Xbox One doesnt play games or that there are no games for Xbox One then Microsoft says they putting $1 billion dollars into 15 EXCLUSIVE GAMES and you guys still cry and bitch !!!!!! If Sony did the same thing you guys would be all praising Sony !!!! Go suck on your mommies titties you cry babies!!!! Waaaaahhhh !!! Waaaahh !

Sevenstorms
Sevenstorms

Wait till E3 you will all want a XBOX ONE then !!!!!

Sevenstorms
Sevenstorms

Now thats what I am talking about Microsoft means REAL business !!!!!

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

So with the current gen prices to create a AAA game, 1 Billion in games is what, 10-15 games? seeming about right in line with what they say they have in the 'exclusives' pipe... I'm still not falling for it. Most of everything I wanted to play on the X360 became multiplat later so oh well.

Gargus
Gargus

This will be spread out and not all at once I am pretty sure.

Besides I don't care, just throwing money at a problem doesn't mean it will be solved or the end product will be any better.

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

Microsoft "WILL BE" investing an unprecedented amount into games for its next-generation console, the Xbox One.

Key word "Will Be" MEANING that haven't done shit yet. Also if they do, this could be over 10 years time which isn't anything special.. TRY AGAIN MICROSCAM!!!

James111wv
James111wv

If Microsoft did not send all the mixed messages about used games, always online,indie games, ect. These things wouldnt be an issue Microsoft mis-handled these questions so the rumor mills are churning. Sony has not really said anything about these issues thus there is not much being said about it. 

If Microsoft would have just directly answered the questions regarding these issues saying it will be explained at E3 instead of the garbage half assed answers with saying some of it and the rest will be explained at e3 no one would be talking about it. 

This is 100% on microsoft they messed up.  Its dumb to blame Sony fans for this mess...Sorry this was meant to be a reply to @nannasin 

nannasin
nannasin

lol.  

Ranting masses:  You dont care about gamers, Who needs a box that does TV?  Where are the games, cloud smoud, etc.

MS: we are investing 1 billion dollars into making games.

Ranting Masses: yea, well sony is about gamers, your not.

Sigh, lol.  Sony talking about doing DRM but its OK cause sony is about gamers.  Sony still hasnt talked about what they going to do with used games.  Sony is promoting tons of things that require you to be online, but its ok cause it is sony.  

You people are funny.

hrst1
hrst1

I really hope they invest that money on iFart Kinect

Icepick_Trotter
Icepick_Trotter

Goddamit! We keep throwing money at the games and they're not getting any better! HOW MUCH MONEY DO WE HAVE TO THROW AT THEM UNTIL THEY'RE THE BEST GAMES EVER!?!?

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

By best guesses at the 15 exclusives would be these:

NEW IP

1. Quantum Break - Remedy Entertainment (confirmed)
2. Ryse - Crytek (confirmed - supports Kinect)
3. next gen FPS - Black Tusk Studios
4. next gen FPS - Respawn Entertainment (EA) (probably)
5. ?? - something from Bethesda, based on rumours?
6. next gen core title - Platform Next Studios  (source: Wikipedia)
7. next gen core cinematic title - Microsoft LA?  (source: Wikipedia)
8. next gen original IP [Fitness] - Kids & Lifestyle Ent.?  (source: Wikipedia)

Others

9. Forza Motorsport 5 - Turn 10 Studios (confirmed)
10. Halo 5 - 343 Industries  (high probability)
11. Fable MMO - Lionhead
12. IP reboot - Rare Ltd  (mentioned)
13. another Kinect Sports? - BigPark/Skybox?  (popular franchise)
14. Mirror's Edge 2? - EA  (speculation)
15. Call Of Duty Ghosts (timed DLC - possible)

What would be your guesses?

hadlee73
hadlee73

This article says that Microsoft *will* invest (not *have* invested) 1 billion dollars into next-gen games but doesn't specify a time scale that is covered by that monetary amount. Maybe I'm just being picky, but I would have actually liked to see the quote from the Microsoft rep so I could get some more context on this. For example, 1 billion dollars over an entire 10 year cycle wouldn't be that great.

James111wv
James111wv

Granted $1billion dollars is a ton of money but when you consider how much it costs to build AAA titles its not a whole lot. Halo 3 Cost around $60 Mil. to make and advertise.  Not including marketing Bioshock Infinite cost around $100 Million. Halo 4 is even higher than that. Granted none of that comes close to $1Billion but it adds up fast.

superkadeemx
superkadeemx

1 billion? If it weren't for those damn used game sales they would've been able to put 5billion into them games.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

lol 1 billion dollars? the nfl deal alone cost them 400 million. so they only really spent 600m on the x1.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

1 billion dollars? most going to thirdparty publishers and developers for timed exclusive....and kinect games lol.

surferosh
surferosh

now this is something i like to hear from console manufacturers and game publishers.. the focus should be good quality games.. not shitty gimmicks or TV and Pizza apps.. 

ZackRoyer
ZackRoyer

Wow, that call of duty will be very expensive.

sacatash
sacatash

'We have 15 exclusive games' = games that have men with guns

brunod_f
brunod_f

I feel like it means more to MS to win the competition against Sony than to give their fans and users a good experience in games and stuff, and at the same time, Sony is like "we don't care who wins, we just want to give our fans good stuff and a nice gaming console to the market, as we always did"

firzok
firzok

And those one Billon dollars will be use to buy games from other companies, like the news about Mirror's Edge being only on Xbox One as clearly Microsoft owned studios don't have any skills apart from making shooters like Halo & Gears with an odd Forza and Fable thrown here and there.

CnConrad
CnConrad

I am not impressed at all, chances are that most of this 1 billion will be spent trying to kinect up games and buying up rights so games won't come out on the ps 4 or PC.

This won't result in new games only in preventing non Xbox one owners from getting games they should be able to.

supergr33k
supergr33k

they have to, xbox exclusives pale in comparison to ps3,there is not variety. sony has A+ games in all categorys, xbox just in shooters.

dragonkantus
dragonkantus

hey it is not  my business if you are going to buy or not the xbox one i just wish you good lucky...a lot of it....

Nickplays
Nickplays

now all sony has to do is pull a next gen FFVII remake out of their ass.