Diehard PC gamers might not want an Xbox, and that’s “OK”

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Why can't we all just get along?

Some people like to play around on consoles. Others, prefer the PC platform.  And there’s nothing wrong with that. Nothing at all. But you’ll still get that vocal minority, who’ll scoff at either side’s choice of hardware as if it truly matters what you decide to spend your time and money on when it comes to digital distractions.

People who’ll go into an amazing tirade on how their platform is the best and how everyone else in the world should adopt it, because reasons. While the fringe lunatic side of console gaming has an impressively mental side of fans who live life with a passion for the gaming box of earthly delights, so to does the PC crowd.

Graphics cards, sexy cases, LED lights and various other constant upgrades will always make the PC the supreme leader of the graphical arms race, if you can afford to buy the equipment that doesn’t clash with itself like some sort of grumpy hydra that has a hostile case of multiple personality disorder. So how would you convince someone who has plugged at least tens of thousands of bucks into their PC build, to adopt a console like the Xbox One?

You don’t. Not really. That’s according to Xboss Phil Spencer, who said that PC gamers might not have a reason to join the console side. “You might not [have a reason for buying one]. And I’m not trying to trick you into buying an Xbox One for what I’m doing,” Spencer said to Polygon.

I was actually asked by somebody, ‘Did you do Forza 6: Apex as a way of teasing the PC gamers with how good Forza is so they’ll go buy an Xbox One?’ No. That’s not the plan. So they might not [buy an Xbox One]. And I want that to be okay.

“You might not want to buy an Xbox One” is something that you don’t normally hear from the faces of companies, but it makes sense given how Microsoft wants to “embrace those differences” between platforms, as Spencer said to PC Gamer recently. “There are games I was talking about earlier, like Ashes of the Singularity, a fast-paced RTS game—probably not the best controller game, and I want to make sure those games are great,” Spencer said.

What I want to make sure is that gamers on our platforms, you feel like you have access to as many games as you can, and as a developer you feel like you have the tools and service to reach as many gamers as you can.

Look, if you’ve got a great PC and you’d prefer to play around with a mouse and keyboard, that’s just fine. We’re all massively wrong from time to time after all.

Last Updated: March 14, 2016

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