Why Microsoft Didn't Talk About PC Gaming at E3

Phil Spencer says it's because E3 is a show for console games, and pledges that PC gaming is "critical" to Microsoft.

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Microsoft's Phil Spencer, who heads up gaming for the company, has explained why Windows efforts didn't factor into Microsoft's press conference earlier this week at E3.

"E3's a retail show," Spencer told Polygon. "It's a retail show, it's a console show, so it didn't really feel like the right place for us to talk about Windows. But Windows and gaming on Windows is critical to Microsoft's success."

What might be a good venue for Microsoft to talk more about PC gaming? "Well, they do these huge world championship events and they fill up arenas," Spencer. "I do think there could be a space there." It's not immediately clear what Spencer is specifically referring to, but the League of Legends World Championships last year at the Staples Center in Los Angeles drew thousands in person--and millions watching online.

Earlier this month, Spencer said Microsoft needs to do more in the PC gaming space, explaining that part of his job as Head of Xbox is to "bring back [Microsoft's] Windows gaming focus." Though Microsoft may have broader plans for PC gaming, Spencer made it clear that the Windows platform is already a healthy destination for computer gaming.

"I think in a lot of ways, you could argue gaming on Windows has never been more healthy in that the biggest of the big franchises, League of Legends, World of Tanks, those things dwarf a lot of what we're doing in this console space in terms of users and monetization," he said. "They're all on PC."

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced Direct X12, the latest version of the graphics API that promises major improvements for Xbox One and PC developers.

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If Windows is important to Microsoft, where's Halo 3 and Forza for Windows???

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What is there to talk about with PC gaming?

-it's 2-3 times more expensive than consoles. (Not to mention obtaining parts and build time if you're gonna do it right.)

-they last half as long as consoles.( I'd like to see where a $2,000 gaming rig will be in a decade. Probably in a landfill)

-there isn't much more a PC can do compared to consoles when it comes to gaming. Consoles have come a long way.

-Lack of exclusives

-PC has to petition to get games consoles already have. (If you need help on GTAV, let a console gamer know)

...oh and for the fact that E3 is for consoles, not PC's. For that you have to go to a local convention center and squeeze yourself in past the 30 fat and sweaty master racers.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> For one thing exclusives are not good, I want to be able to play a game on any platform. There are more PC games then either console, they usually come out on all, just not at the same time.


PC's last just as long or longer then consoles, since you can buy equal or better hardware when you build or buy your PC. You are correct about one thing, they are more expensive but you can stay under a thousand and buy a faster gaming box then the current consoles. They last just as long or longer then consoles, if not.... you have bad browsing habits and you are cluttering the machine with bloatware and other crap.


They support controllers in case you would rather use that, but many shooters work better with the precision of a mouse. Also having a keyboard for typing is very nice when you do not have a mic or choose not to use one.


They are freaking computers, while not always dedicated to gaming they can do just as much as consoles in the realm of gaming, and over all so much more. PC is truly the all in one machine. They also allow more graphical flexibility, better key binding, and a better modding community and no fee to pay play games online besides your ISP bill.


E3 and computers yeah I see why they don't do it because there would not be much to show, most people know what a computer looks like and we are aware that all the same services exist online, that the consoles are now getting apps for.


Like many others said, you sound like a complete console fan boy who knows nothing about PC gaming, or PC's in general. Please don't discourage this very worthy contender.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> ........Oh no, another angry consolitie speaking 8 bits of nonsenses. Your kind need to defend yourself from time to time I understand that. Ppl asked for it, so here we go:

If the PC needs petitions, is because it's the only living breath platform on gaming. The games you play there are made from him, that word means power. PC isn't a common platform to be discussing my friend, it is THE platform, the core understand?

While you're somewhat right about a good rig price, you're wrong about everything else. I did laugh on the ''they last half as long as consoles'' part. PC can play games with the proper emulator nowadays, Snes, N64 and NCube mostly. Really, I'm going to spare you on that. (just a bit, X360 emulator is rumored to be coming)

I'm running everything at max with an old overclocked quad core, upgrading ram and video when needed by selling it on e-bay and making business from time to time with other gamers. I want to see you doing that with your box.

Once your console gets out of the era (I never understood that), the price falls in such a speed as a winter cloth on the summer. By my logic, your box is much more needed on a landfill than the PC is. Well friend, I never worry about ''eras'' here. HD 7850 is good now, but my old GTS 450 wasn't so she's with somebody else now, in just a few -clicks- I'm back on track. The PC belongs to an area that isn't for you, the hardcore gaming. And it doesn't necessarily needs to be old-school.

Don't dare to forget what Microsoft did to you with the Red Ring of Death - it was a true crisis, which made them lose every cent of respect they ever had. Microsoft is turning the back now for something they did themselves not long ago, is nothing more than a commercial effort. Why oh why X360 had an curious 2 years paid guarantee? Yeah man, they changed it for money.

They Rrod your ass to have tons of Benjamin Franklins.

Dont worry! In a blink of an eye, the always on thing and all the other BS features you told on your comment can make a box look just like a mini-version of what the PC really is. Get it? Your day is coming again bro. Just wait.

Anyway, I'm happy with a heavy modded Skyrim and a bloom on Watch Dogs that you will never have. What more I need?

All that matter is gold for those companies, your passion is not relevant for them. PC gamer speaking here, 20 years blasting from the 486 to here. If that means anything nowadays.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> And you my friend, you are definitively a noob when it comes to PC's! Keep playing on your console and have all the fun in the world, but please let the big boys talk about computers.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> OK PC has way more exclusives than any console. Consoles in terms of power are always many years behind the computer. Cost a good PC will cost a couple of hundreds more than a console plus you don't have to pay for plus or gold in order to play online. Games are cheaper on PC than on consoles too. As for lasting long consoles lives are growing shorter with every new gen system.The cost of replacing the hard drive(running out of space on small hd is a common problem), controls, and batteries brings the cost to as much or more than a PC cost during the same live span. I do like console gaming and PC gaming but trying to say consoles is better is wishful thinking :p

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Lack of exclusives? You're really going there?

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Because Steam can suck it - Phil Spencer


Seriously, does this dude have Korsakoff's syndrome or something?

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PC is blowing xbox one out of water. Xbox one even lost dead rising 3 as exclusive

I would rather buy wii u than xbox one. At least wii u has many exclusive games. Xbox one barely have any exclusive, and the other games will run better on the other platforms like PC or PS4. There is no reason to buy xbox one.

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Yeah Microsoft why don't ya release all Xbox 360 exclusive titles for the pc.

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A retail show? A console show? No, it's a 'GAME' show, you fuckwit!

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It seems that Microsoft still is suffering from that foot in mouth disease. Microsoft can never admit the reason they didn't talk about PC gaming is cause they didn't have anything at this time and didn't want PC gamers to realize they been ignored while they concentrate on the Xbox One.

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All of the games shown for the past couple of years at E3 have been on PC's ..so saying it's a console show it's utter and total bullshiet.

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Well of course they are going to focus on PC now. You make your money on software sales and if no one is buying their hardware they gotta sell the software somewhere else. PC is the only other option.


I hope they don't think another Games for Windows is going to happen...Its not going to happen.

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"bring back [Microsoft's] Windows gaming focus."


Please dont, if its GFWL 2.0, ive really enjoyed my games lately like Street fighter 4 without GFWL and Batman is now actually fun without GFWL, i can officially save it without any hassles.

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They've been banging that drum for years, still never made a record

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Microsoft really cares about PC gaming, and that is why... Now, introducing, for the first time ever in years... Games For Windows Live.

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Electronic Entertainment Expo.


AH! That's why. My PC doesn't run on electricity... it runs on Steam.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You, sir or madam, win all the intarnets.

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If they were serious about gaming on Windows, they would make it easier for older games to be played on any Windows platform. They wonder why people are still using XP, that was the last Software package that allows for DOS, Windows 95, 98 and XP games to be played. They do not work on Windows 8.1

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@trust2112 yes they do, what games are you talking about?


DOSBOX!!! Runs on Windows 8.1.


I have over 300 games on STEAM from 1993-2014 and not one of them doesnt play on Windows 8.1. Even Star Wars X-Wing/tie fighter (with a patch of course) plays on Windows 8.1. Even the original X-COM runs on Windows 8.1.


If you after SCUMM adventure games, thers a SCUMMVM you can download and if its 3DFX games you can DL the 3DFX emulator called nGlide.


There sisn t asingle game i cant play so far using Window s8.1. Sometimes you have to use compatability, sometimes you do need a patch from somewhere, but i havent come across any games yet i cant get to work.


ALSO i recommend GoG.COM games. They have made sure all games run on Windows 8.1.

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Sure it is, Phil.

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I ate Dagwood's today. It's overrated. It used to be good and cheap but now the price has gone up. The tomatoes they served me looked expired. I said no olives and they put some when I wasn't looking. I won't be going there anymore.

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Direct X12 better be compatible with Windows 7. I'm gonna be peeved if it's only 8 and above.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> It won't be. DirectX is the way Microsoft tries to force people to upgrade their version of Windows.

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and PC dosent need Microsoft anymore.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You meant to say Microsoft doesn't need hermits no more?

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<< LINK REMOVED >> And how many of those were exclusively for PC? I don't remember seeing any. All of the games shown that were going to be on PC were also going to be on a console. Unless I'm forgetting something?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> There was a trailer for a game called Dreadnought released. The only info I've seen about it is that its getting a PC release.

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I want to know why in the hell the X-Box 360 wasn't mentioned at all.

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for the love of god, make Age of Empires 4 Microsoft!

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<< LINK REMOVED >> i thought Valve bought the rights to AOE?

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yes but i wan't big tripple a games on pc Bring the master chief collection to windows 8 and you got an up grad bring some of those big xbox exclusives over and you have a customer for life


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