Molyneux: Next Xbox should focus on games

Former Microsoft creative director says next-generation platform should "double-down" on games and have entertainment options be secondary.

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Former Microsoft higher-up and longtime Fable designer Peter Molyneux has offered his take on how Microsoft should handle the approach to its next-generation console. Speaking with Edge, Molyneux said he would like to see Microsoft make the platform game-centric above all else.

"What I would do is double-down on what this console is for: it's for playing games," Molyneux said. "It's for playing console games for this massive, incredibly loyal audience of gamers out there. When they start to mix all this other stuff in there I’m kind of slightly like: 'look, I don't want another way of looking at Facebook'. You know, I've got all the ways of looking at Facebook. I don't want another way of looking at Netflix. Just give me what I've paid my £299 for, and that is to play amazing, incredible computer games."

Molyneux left Microsoft in 2012 to start independent studio 22Cans. He suggested he was briefed on the next Xbox before he left the company, but is now only "kind of" aware of the approach Microsoft plans to take with the new platform.

The designer may have a role to play in Microsoft's next-generation announcement next month. He revealed earlier this week that there are 50 layers left in his latest game, Curiosity, and that he expects the center of the cube to be reached May 21, the same day as the next Xbox reveal.

"There's an interesting opportunity, possibly, for me to… well, I can't say any more than that. There may be some words from me around that time. I'm not saying any more," Molyneux said.

Microsoft has previously suggested the next Xbox will be much more than just a destination for games. The company said its ambition for the platform's reveal event next month is to highlight the "beginning of a new generation of games, TV, and entertainment."

Microsoft also recently hired former CBS television executive Nancy Tellem to develop "interactive and linear content for Xbox" at a new production studio in Los Angeles to help make the Xbox platform an all-in-one destination for entertainment.

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568 comments
Oozyrat
Oozyrat

Love to see MS not fill the next dashboard with crap but it'll never happen. I've never used anything besides games on my 360 other than Last FM. (which is now crap since they limited how many tracks you can skip.)

mjswooosh
mjswooosh

I'm already sick of the 360's "metro" interface being dominated by useless apps and shitloads of ads without the option to customize it. If there was an option to eliminate all the BS other than my games from the interface I'd be a lot happier about it. Why in the HELL would I want to facebook on my gaming console on a 50" screen. Seriously? The 360 interface looks pre-pubescent/immature and cluttered as hell. And we all know the 720 interface is going to be at least as bad if not worse.

MVM69
MVM69

I buy video game consoles to play games on them. Microsoft forgot that the 360 is a video game console a long time ago. I'm sure the 720 will be even worse with useless apps and millions of ads. I couldn't care less about having facebook, twitter, netflix or any other useless app on my video game console.

bmart970
bmart970

That would be really nice. I don't mind the other entertainment options on my Xbox, and I even use some of them (mainly Netflix), but games should be the priority. Although, I feel that Microsoft has done a good job keeping the games as the focus.

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

Won't happen there's too much cash in all the other features.

feverberries
feverberries

wow. really? games? i think they should focus on how to boil potatoes with it.

but honestly, i find it baffling how Microsoft is the only one realizing this. NO. MORE. GIMMICKS.

i don't give a damn what "cool" features the console has. phenomenal games are the reason i would buy any console.

badiie05
badiie05

Just make quality entertainment, which is hard to find these days.

jeffrobin
jeffrobin

More sage like advice from Peter Molyneux. What would we do without him. He should give up talking to any type of media person.

Barrakas21
Barrakas21

shut up and give us Black & White 3

emerin76
emerin76

Your gaming system connects to your TV, it connects to your sound system.  Makes sense to me that it can at least play movies and music.  Designing software for this in no way would detract from the machine's potential.   Can someone explain how this lessens the gaming experience?  How does it affect a game's potential?  I only ask because there appears to be an unnecessary amount of rage over this.

Piss the Social Apps off though. That's a given.

racerxgundam
racerxgundam

I have always kinda viewed peter as an odd duck for sure, but he is 100% right on this. It seems to me that the hardware makers are pushing for these elaborate "entertainment centers" with dreams of like replacing things like the television, unnecessarily skyrocketing costs and then we the consumer pay for it. ITS ABOUT THE GAMES! its as simple as that. 

oh and as i have said time and time again...if the rumors are true about the nextbox..then none of this will matter as it will be a brick out the gate.

Aria1368
Aria1368

I always wanted Windows 8 on my xbox, cuz i don't have One on my PC.

onixevil
onixevil

You should focus on making new IP's. Really !!! I mean it .Don't waist your time talking about  meta games. This path has no ends. It could you ends up making Apps for Xbox . 

onixevil
onixevil

Yeah and smartphones should focus on calls .

SuperDutchy
SuperDutchy

I think the next generation xbox should focus on potato.

dom28
dom28

The next xbox should focus on games. The key word is "Should".

ivan_osorio
ivan_osorio

I would take more credit on this if he hadn't created "curiosity". His notion of "game" is certainly not the same as my own, thus, no validity to what he is saying as far as I'm concerned.

Dovahkyon
Dovahkyon

a game console fousing on games?! this guy is a genius

louie_cloud
louie_cloud

LOL i can imagine

Kinect 2 games <=> always online 


LMAO

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

I agree with him...Microsoft fell off midway in 360s life cycle...plus their customer service is balls...if they dont fix those 2 things they will never succeed because they will have an always online system which means problems...I look at things from a potential problems perspective...murphys law. What happens when your console gets accidentally bricked because the System thinks your pirating or something(Ive known people this happened to on 360 when the person was 100% innocent..he had problems with his console).  Ill tell you what will happen..youll be stuck with Microsofts shit customer service whos only answer will be to buy a new one....and um....that will suck

DrKill09
DrKill09

Molyneux should focus on making games that don't suck.

Also, Microsoft were too busy with Mii Knockoffs and Kinect gimmicks in order to sweep the RROD under the rug that they forgot about games.

The only real exclusives they have are Halo and Gears, and both are "meh" 

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

I honestly don't get this person anymore.

One day, he's an asswipe making rip-off games and being a false prophet, the next he's actually making sense and seems to be down-to-earth.

I honestly can't get a grip on that guy anymore.

Molyneux, just what the fuck do you want from us?!

mtouchprod
mtouchprod

"I'm not saying any more," Molyneux said.

If this were true it would be the greatest statement he ever gave to the gaming press. Nobody has given out more bad-faith hype than this guy, and the fact that anybody other than the orderlies in his ward listen when he makes a claim is just astonishing to me.

francisismyhero
francisismyhero

Why does anyone care about what Peter Molyneux has to say?  He created one of the most overhyped series ever (Fable) with most overhyped gameplay elements (touching other characters, etc.).   The guy is a sensationalist whose thoughts aren't worth the emphasis he puts into them.

d_train73
d_train73

First time I've ever said this: Peter Molyneux is abosolutely right and I agree with him completely

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

Microsoft has gotten rid of all the people from Xbox department who would have come to the same conclusion, what is left is bean counters and people who want the Xbox to be an way to sell, use Microsoft products. 

Its going to be a PC and not just talking parts but how it functions. 

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

When people say that they want consoles to take over PC,they don't mean that it should be done by turning it to an "entertainment hub",what they mean is more games and superior hardware.

MegaPhilX2
MegaPhilX2

We've been saying this for how long...

Now that's a well-earned salary. Goddamn genius!

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

The man speaks true words.

X-7
X-7

I definitely have to agree with Molyneaux on this one. Most people have friggin cell phones that they keep on them constantly that they can check FB on and a lot of other devices do Netflix too. These extra entertainment options should definitely be secondary.

dskribe
dskribe

@MVM69 

Actually, facebook and twitter are no longer apps on the 360, and Netflix is hardly useless. Maybe do a little research next time?

mjswooosh
mjswooosh

@bmart970 I think MS has done a good job making sure the 360's interface remains a virtual cash register, with "gaming" and user ergonomics a distant 2nd/3rd. There's no option to customize and eliminate the zillion ads and other clutter from the interface...and I think that says it all. I do still prefer Xbox Live as an "online experience", but if the always online/anti-used games rumors have any truth I'll have no trouble buying only a PS4 instead of both consoles this time around....

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

@feverberries This guy doesn't work for or represent MS he is giving an opinion that MS will not follow. They've already went the other way with the 360 and it worked so why go back?

thebeachguy90
thebeachguy90

@emerin76 I'm sure no one would mind the apps if MS still supported the gamers, but it's not to be.  That's why people are pissed off.  Take PS3 for example, a console that keeps a good balance of both and not lopsided like Xbox.. 

Devils-DIVISION
Devils-DIVISION

@onixevil They don't sell! Because what's really gonna sell is a CoD every 6 months instead of once a year.

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

This next gen is gonna be all about PS4 the way things are going on MS side...

Wahab_MinSeo
Wahab_MinSeo

@louie_cloud sucks if it always online, what if you lost connect what should you do how can you play!!!!! :(

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

Dont Forget Fable and Forza...Those 2 are my fav. As far as Halo, I think Killzone has it beat...

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

Fable is awesome... One of a kind... That and Forza... other than those 2 games... Xbox is a paperweight to me

silvergol
silvergol

@Ravenlore_basic XBOX 720 with Windows 8 + telephone directory app

Kinect 2

Always online

MacDonalds,Pizza Hut Ads on everywhere!

So sad!.


mjswooosh
mjswooosh

@thebeachguy90 Exactly. The problem is the combination of the always-online/anti-used games rumors with the increased real-estate on the 360 interface with ads and other bullshit that is useless to the gamer. I don't give a flying fuck about facebook on my console. At least give us the option to customize and eliminate that shit so we don't have to flip thru it to get to what we want to get to.

dskribe
dskribe

@mjswooosh @thebeachguy90 

Facebook and Twitter aren't even apps on the 360 anymore now that you can use a web browser which, by the way, is about 10x better than the one on the PS3. I don't understand why everyone thinks Microsoft has abandoned gamers. There are tons of games on the 360, be it retail or arcade. There's honestly more quality games than I have time to play.

Also, all of you defending the PS3, you're acting like there aren't ads on that as well, and like Sony hasn't pretty much integrated (see: copied) everything that is successful on the 360 into the PS3 and PSN. And there aren't any more options to customize the dash on the PS3 than there are on the 360.

Turning these machines into media hubs is just the way of the future. Sony is doing it too, and if the whole Share button on the controller of the PS4 isn't a clear indication of how they want to integrate everything into social networks like Facebook then I don't know what is.