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.

Written By

Zorine “harli” Te is a long time Australian competitive gamer and also an Associate Editor at GameSpot.

Discussion

740 comments
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.


KD-80
KD-80

@Jdc01 Paranoid idiot and as said below they have already confirmed it can be turned off.

Crypt_mx
Crypt_mx

@Jdc01 It has been announced that the X1 can be fully turned off, including the Kinect sensor. It is not a surveillance device, it is a game console.

KD-80
KD-80

@Celtic_34 So we get our own games /media company if we dont steel his secrets???

spindie
spindie

@Mahhn Agreed, they even tried to take over the PC gaming scene altogether with their "Games for windows live" and putting the little "games for windows live" thing at the top of cover of all pc games so it just looked like pc was just another console. Microsoft is just plain dumb

fat3l3ss
fat3l3ss

@Mahhn i will agree to your statement here. Moreover MS is always trying to put aside gamers' interests and fill their pockets with consumer's money

Ac3man88
Ac3man88

@zenstrata If you don't have internet then i can see how you can be upset but if you do is it really that big of a deal? There is no used game fee. 

zenstrata
zenstrata

If all the games in the world were only available on the xbox one (still a stupid name)  I would Still not get one unless the internet requirement was completely removed and the used game transfer fee was removed also.  Yes, I am willing to give up gaming completely rather than give in to their monopolistic abusive behavior of their customers.  The rest of you should be doing the same thing and avoid this system like the plague.

Aleperez75
Aleperez75

And made me go to the restroom also.

Aleperez75
Aleperez75

This article was clearly not for you. It was for the people who thought that MS did not care about games. Have you heard anything about that? So the company, clearly, because they care about business clarifies the games issue to help people stop thinking that they dont care. Apparently there is no way of wining by saying anything. Haters with the mind set of hating will not listen and will never be satisfy, but will only keep complaining and hating.

xxYetterxx
xxYetterxx

@lethal41 Well the industry has moved away from first party exclusives and relies on 3rd party support.  So when MS drops a billion specifically on games than yeah it is worth an article.  

megakick
megakick

@fat3l3ss @Mahhn Because this is a LOT DIFFERENT than Sony the maker of  proprietary products, maker of a lot of failed proprietary products...

phillharvey
phillharvey

@fat3l3ss @Mahhn never knew that. I all ways thought people go into business to make MONEY


ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

@Ac3man88 @zenstrata MS already said they was a fee on used games... If they don't charge it to your face you will pay it through any used game vendors that MS verifies and this will probably mean no more craigslist/ebay finds.

Aleperez75
Aleperez75

I guess your are retiring from gaming because PC is already worst than that. PS4 will most likely do the same and that is why they are so vage, they are more restrictive than MS in current generation with so many online passes. So your only option is the WiiU. Good luck with Mario!

Kexster
Kexster

@zenstrata at least they tried to mix up the name. PS4.. did it take a whole team to come up with that name?

xxYetterxx
xxYetterxx

@zenstrata Would you buy a computer if you didn't have the internet?  And the "used game fee' isn't a used game fee at all, it is essentially just buying the game digitally.  What this means is if you buy a game and install it and then lend it to a friend, he would have to pay the full price of the game to play it on the X1.  If on the other hand you want to sell it back to gamestop they can un-link it from your gamertag, so it should really be referred to as a game lending/borrowing fee as it does not relate to used games in anyway. 

DjTIEST0
DjTIEST0

@zenstrata  so you have internet to troll but not to activate games? oh i see 

Mahhn
Mahhn

@phillharvey yep, and by killing PC games they can sell more consoles, and short lived games that are pumped out fast. It's put a huge dampener on large LAN parties. Social games, people getting together, but money wins. It's why our government is so corrupt and current PC games suck.

xxYetterxx
xxYetterxx

Can you make a photocopy of the book and give it to a friend? How about a thousand copies? This is why software does not work like books. The physical disc is a delievery device and nothing else. You can give it to who ever you want but if they want to license the software on that disc they have to pay for it. Now console games will work like every other piece of software on the planet. Included PC games

@rdwolf260 @xxYetterxx @ArabrockermanX @zenstrata 

rdwolf260
rdwolf260

@PSPhoenix13 @xxYetterxx @zenstrata 

You're absolutely right about that. Anytime there's physical disc invovled, First Sale Doctrine would apply. However, M$ is trying to weasel out of abiding by that law by having EVERY game installed to HDD when the disc is put in. What it does is converts the game to digital and now First Sale Doctrine doesn't apply. They're basically are saying if you have no internet to authenticate games, you should not be buying this console because you will not be able to play any of the games. If you have internet outages, or no broadband connection, then this is not the console for you. They basically cut their market in half by doing this.

rdwolf260
rdwolf260

@xxYetterxx @ArabrockermanX @zenstrata

A publisher can claim that you're not buying a book, you're buying a "license" to enjoy words on paper. After you're done reading it, it still belongs to the writer/publisher and they need to get paid again if you  were to resell/trade/or give their book away. Don't be fooled by M$ and the big name publishers crying foul.. If you want to sell a physical product, then you have to abide by First Sale Doctrine which states that: "an individual who knowingly purchases a copy of a copyrighted work from the copyright holder receives the right to sell, display or otherwise dispose of that particular copy, notwithstanding the interests of the copyright owner. The right to distribute ends, however, once the owner has sold that particular copy." That is a direct quote from Justice.gov. If you're going to argue laws, at least look this shit up.

Once you go digital, then this doctrine doesn't apply. So when you're buying a physical disc, you're not buying a license, your can do whatever the F* you want with that physical disc. This law has been around since mid 1800's. Even M$ knows it and that's why they're making people install games to HDD to work around this law and covert physical discs to digital. Otherwise the Justice Dept will be all over their asses in a heartbeat.

rdwolf260
rdwolf260

@xxYetterxx @PSPhoenix13 @zenstrata 

You are correct in saying the person owns the disc. The game is on a disc, so if I pay for the disc I own it and should have ability to lend it out or resell it, because I'm not REPRODUCING it. I down't own the software, therefore I can't make copies of it and make a profit on someone else's hard work. However, if I buy a disc copy it's mine to do with what I want. The only reason it's even legal for MicroShaft to even to do this with the used game market is because they're forcing EVERY game disc to be installed on HDD. Because it's installed on HDD, there's now a copy of it on YOUR HDD, if you give it to a friends, the game installs on their HDD, which means there's now a 2nd copy on their HDD and that's why they're trying to enforce their "license fee" on used games.

You're argument "you're buying a license" is idiotic because you're buying a physical disc, not a digital product like you do on Steam for instance or XBLA. The developers and publishers rights are protected from REPRODUCTION of their work unless they're paid. That is the whole issue is a game disc is not being reproduced but M$ is trying to force people to install to HDD EVERY game which means they have an argument there because that means the games ARE reproduced because after you install on your HDD and give it to a friend, it's now installed on their HDD as well.

Screw your "license" argument, that doesn't fly when you're dealing with a physical product instead of digital one.

xxYetterxx
xxYetterxx

 and just to be clear, im not happy about this either as i still trade games with my brother once in a while but im not surprised at all and have seen this coming for years and years.

xxYetterxx
xxYetterxx

A book is not a game. It is software you are not buying it, you are licensing it and now it will work like every piece of software on the planet. If you wrote your software you probably have a different opinion about this policy. Frankly I'm surprised that console gamers have gotten away with this as long as they have. And the big difference between a book and a game is when you lend a book you don't both have it at the same time. Because software can be easily copied and installed on an infinite number of devices and used simultaneously it has to be protected.

@ArabrockermanX @xxYetterxx @zenstrata 

xxYetterxx
xxYetterxx

You do own the disc but it is simply a delivery device. You are licensing the game just like how all other software in the world works. So just because you own the disc doesn't mean you own the game

@PSPhoenix13 @xxYetterxx @zenstrata 

PSPhoenix13
PSPhoenix13

@xxYetterxx @zenstrata 

I can see what you saying with this, but there is one main thing I would like to point out.

I would have no problem with this whole used game thing if the game was delivered in a purely digital way (ie. over the internet). However, as soon as you introduce a physical game delivery (ie. a disc) that changes everything for me. I own that disc. It should be mine to do what I please with it.

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

@xxYetterxx @zenstrata You're a retarded if you see this as okay, I can lend a book to my friend and guess what he doesn't have to pay for it. Also I've known many people that have more than one console in their house, so now they'll have to buy the same game multiple times for different members of the family to play it?