Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Admits Microsoft Has “Work To Do” On Exclusives (VIDEO)
While new next-generation consoles seem to be the next big thing hardware manufacturers are unveiling, Microsoft also has a long way to come in its offerings of first-party games for bot the Xbox One and Xbox Scarlett. While Microsoft certainly has its fair share of blockbuster exclusives like Halo and Gears of War, Sony and Nintendo have far more than them in number. Xbox Head Phil Spencer knows this and he recognizes the importance of exclusive games. Sony has huge exclusives like Death Stranding, Judgement, Spelunky 2, and Shenmue III releasing soon, while Nintendo has characteristically put out critically acclaimed titles like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Super Mario Maker 2 in the past year. Spencer sat down with Fortune Magazine to discuss Microsoft’s shortcomings and hopes for the future in regards to first-party exclusives.
The rest of the interview is fascinating and candid on Spencer’s part. We time marked a particular quote of interest.
Very few people turn on their Xbox to stare at the dashboard. People turn on their Xbox to go play games…I think us having a strong first-party at Xbox means when I think about Xbox, I’m gonna think about quality games…we haven’t done our best work over the last few years with our first-party output.”
Spencer isn’t wrong when he says it’s a common criticism of Microsoft’s video game division. Halo 5 and Gears 4 came out more than 3 years ago and apart from standouts like the Forza Horizon and Ori & The Blind Forest series, there isn’t much more for Xbox to hang their hat on. That being said, the future of Xbox One and Xbox games as a whole seems very bright after this E3. With Xbox now having Ninja Theory, Obsidian, Playground Games, InXile, and the newly acquired Double Fine in the fold, a flood of fantastic games is on the way for the foreseeable future on the platform.
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Colin is a freelance writer for DFTG with previous bylines at other media outlets such as Twinfinite.