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PC master race getting Microsoft love

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We joke a lot about PC master race compared to console peasants. Exclusives make the PC gamers jealous, just like the low prices on Steam make console gamers cry. Microsoft is reiterating their commitment to the Windows crowd, again.

Over on twitter, Phil Spencer was asked why Microsoft acquired Rise of Nations and then released it solely on Steam. He responded by saying it is a great place to sell Win32 games and the IP was also acquired for future work; he’s a fan of the franchise. Spencer went on to say:

Woah, Xbox getting linked with Windows more? A focus on gaming across both platforms? This sounds like we could see a match made in heaven. As people seem to be shifting from PC to console and back again, having a commitment across both platforms will help gamers who are unsure of whether to use mouse and keyboard or controller (or be like Geoff and use a controller on the PC). Of course Microsoft will want to move consoles and sell games on the Xbox One. However, seeing as they are the force behind Windows itself, it makes sense for them to offer greater support for PC gaming as well.

Phil Spencer’s comments have been making me happy lately. His focus on games and gamers is spot on. Instead of giving consumers something they don’t want, forcing them to adapt to what’s on offer, he seems to be trying to meet gamer’s demands and expectations. We will see how well Microsoft is able to deliver in the long run, but their message is finally coming across well and their commitment is where it should be. Maybe now we can see some more interesting competition between Microsoft and Sony, something that is always good for the industry.

Last Updated: June 4, 2014

66 Comments

  1. Alien Emperor Trevor

    June 4, 2014 at 12:11

    I think the real news here is that someone actually says they like GfWL, and even more notable, like it more than Steam.

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    • Admiral Chief Kilo

      June 4, 2014 at 12:12

      Madness

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      • Ultimo_Cleric N7

        June 4, 2014 at 12:30

        Lol

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    • FoxOneZA

      June 4, 2014 at 14:30

      A head reared from under a rock?

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  2. Admiral Chief Kilo

    June 4, 2014 at 12:11

    All I’m saying is if MS want to dominate over Sony, they need to make PC and XBone cross platform compatible. Then Sony can pack their bags, do not pass go, do not collect moolah.

    Not that I WANT Sony to eff off, I think they have awesome product(s), but this exclusivity is insane

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    • MakeItLegal

      June 4, 2014 at 12:16

      Should of been done since 360 days …..

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      • b1nd3r

        June 4, 2014 at 12:38

        long before that, Think if halo 1 was cross platform back in the day. Halo on xbox was massive in the multiplayer community if they had the pc gamers on that at the same time sony would have been gone long ago, It would just be a shit cellphone company >.<

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        • MakeItLegal

          June 4, 2014 at 12:47

          Yes , from the word go , xbox should of been positioned as a “pc only for games ”

          Should of had , buy somethin like gears of war on xbox 360 and download the pc counter part for free when u get home ( cross play cross save etc etc )

          I don’t know about micro soft hey , it’s 2014 and they like , oh pc will get some love … Um ms is built for pc’s ? What dumb shit was making these decsions ? Bloody hell

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          • b1nd3r

            June 4, 2014 at 12:52

            hehe you see the new bf4 update πŸ™‚ reduced lag hopefully. Maybe ill reinstall that shit >.<

          • MakeItLegal

            June 4, 2014 at 13:08

            No will check it out later , tried planet side 2 yesterday – first impressions , meh

    • Hammersteyn

      June 4, 2014 at 12:22

      But what if you like exclusives and happen to own a PC and PS4?

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      • Admiral Chief Kilo

        June 4, 2014 at 12:23

        If you like exclusives you should be taken outside and shot

        πŸ˜›

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        • Hammersteyn

          June 4, 2014 at 12:42

          *Packs backs and looks at sun one last time

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          • Admiral Chief Kilo

            June 4, 2014 at 12:45

            Packs backs?

            No matter

            [BLAM]

            *throws tulip

          • Hammersteyn

            June 4, 2014 at 12:48

            bags gaaaaargfhhfhds
            *chokes on bile

          • Sageville

            June 4, 2014 at 12:51

            … but I like exclusives too, I don’t wanna die with Hammer….

          • Hammersteyn

            June 4, 2014 at 13:15

            We will die in each others arms.
            *Nut punches Admiral, runs away

          • Guest

            June 4, 2014 at 13:48

            Sometimes I search for an applicable and relevant meme for my comments, sometimes I just end up with…

            http://i3.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/558/376/596.gif

          • Hammersteyn

            June 4, 2014 at 13:49

            O_o

          • Rags

            June 4, 2014 at 14:10

            Hot!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      June 4, 2014 at 12:32

      Money money money money MONEY!

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      • Admiral Chief Kilo

        June 4, 2014 at 12:45

        Channelling ABBA there Trev?

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          June 4, 2014 at 12:58

          Nope, that would have been 3 x money.

          I was channeling the retarded carrot with fake hair.

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  3. Matewis Jubilai

    June 4, 2014 at 12:13

    Sounds kinda good πŸ˜€ Hopefully we will also get a proper Age of Empires sequel along the line πŸ˜›

    On another note, in all #$%^ honesty! What’s up with the My Little Pony movement??

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  4. MakeItLegal

    June 4, 2014 at 12:15

    I think what we should take away from the article is MS just realized we are in 2014 …..

    Jeez this strategy should of been deployed when the 360 launched

    Fuckinh hell Microsoft , it’s simple , cross play functionality btw xbox one am pc , shared friends list, awards etc etc

    Make the pc and xbone play nice with each other

    #2006

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  5. InsanityFlea

    June 4, 2014 at 12:20

    They are just following where the money is. It’s just business.

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    • Matthew Holliday

      June 4, 2014 at 12:21

      money is love

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      • Admiral Chief Kilo

        June 4, 2014 at 12:28

        Long time?

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        • Sageville

          June 4, 2014 at 12:52

          Sucky, Sucky, Fy dolla?

          Reply

          • HvR - THE Average GAmer

            June 4, 2014 at 13:24

            hey hey soljar boy

  6. Xcalibersa

    June 4, 2014 at 12:52

    Awesome, now I can use my PS4 and get xbox elusives on my PC

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    • Pieter Kruger

      June 4, 2014 at 15:20

      Yes please, as long as you pay MS and don’t pirate them so they can use your money to make me more XB1 exclusives it’s a win win….????

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      • Xcalibersa

        June 5, 2014 at 08:01

        Pay MS?????? I am sorry, got lost in translation

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  7. Kromas

    June 4, 2014 at 13:01

    Ban shoddy console ports and you win. Easy as that. And yeah I am looking at EA when I am saying it.

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  8. Ryanza

    June 4, 2014 at 13:22

    The PC doesn’t need more DRM. Steam, Origin, Uplay, and now Microsoft with their DRM again.

    I wonder why I am only looking forward to The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077.

    I don’t think the gaming industry is about the games anymore. The gaming industry, It’s about Steam, it’s about Origin, it’s about Uplay, it’s about Xbox Live, it’s about Ps+.

    Don’t support DRM.

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    • Praise Lord GabeN

      June 4, 2014 at 13:38

      There’s always GOG if you want to go that route.

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      • Ryanza

        June 4, 2014 at 13:44

        GOG is still a digital format, so you will still need the internet to get the games. We need DRM-free retail games and they will be releasing The Wither 3 at retail with no DRM, that’s why I will support them.

        I don’t want the internet to be a requirement to play games.

        Do not support DRM.

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        • Praise Lord GabeN

          June 4, 2014 at 13:55

          Did you know that CD Projekt owns GOG? They share your views. Simply buying something in a digital form doesn’t mean DRM.
          Anyway, I’m sick of phoning around looking for stock and limited sales. On GOG it’s always in stock without DRM. Dog ate your copy of Witcher? No problem! Just get it again from GOG at no cost.

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          • Ryanza

            June 4, 2014 at 14:00

            oh i see, because you have internet and i have internet, the rest of the world should have internet. ok, maybe not the world but all gamers should have internet, right.

            and dogs only eat cod.

          • Rags

            June 4, 2014 at 14:04

            To be fair though, if you own a new console or pc chances are that you have good enough internet. Internet is standard dog food in 2014. Plus, less pollution, more convenience. Only downside is to BT Games employees πŸ™

          • Ryanza

            June 4, 2014 at 14:16

            internet is not the standard for consoles.

            console -> game
            pc -> internet -> game

            you shouldn’t assume everyone is connected to the internet through consoles. The numbers usually state that less than half of all console sales, are connected to Xbox Live or PS+ or whatever.
            So that means that there are more people on this planet using consoles without internet than those connected to Xbox Live and PS+ to play COD and Fifa and all that other shit (Titanfall).

            Don’t support DRM

          • Praise Lord GabeN

            June 4, 2014 at 14:21

            You don’t need internet to play GOG games. I can give them to you on a USB stick.

          • Ryanza

            June 4, 2014 at 14:24

            You need internet to download GOG games.

            PC -> internet -> GOG -> game -> usb stick -> me

          • Praise Lord GabeN

            June 4, 2014 at 14:40

            Listen up RyanZA, GabeN just spoke to me in a dream. He said we can send a case full of USB drives with each containing a copy of Witcher 3 to central africa where they don’t have internet so that they can play it on their sweet gaming rigs!
            Praise GabeN!

          • Ryanza

            June 4, 2014 at 14:42

            That is illegal.

        • Praise Lord GabeN

          June 4, 2014 at 14:20

          Stay focused RyanZA, DRM is the enemy, not internet. They’re not the same thing. I applaud your passion but it may be a bit misguided.

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          • Ryanza

            June 4, 2014 at 14:46

            I am focused on playing video games on the PC without DRM and without internet. And that is what The Witcher 3 is giving me.

            pc -> play game, like the good old days
            console -> play game, like good now a days.

  9. HisDivineOrder

    June 4, 2014 at 13:28

    Actually, gamers are switching to PC and not going back to consoles. Look at Xbox One sales for some sign of that. They aren’t worth the extra money you pay over a gaming PC that provides a far better experience than either.

    It’s a shame Microsoft’s taken so long to realize that their redheaded stepchild platform is the premier platform for gaming. Hopefully, once Xbox One completely tanks and collapses in on itself, then they’ll come crawling back to PC gamers with all the franchises they’ve withheld for years.

    They can release them all on Steam with full Steamworks integration, too. On sale no less.

    Then maybe we’ll consider buying some of their games. Maybe. If they’re lucky.

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    • RinceofThis

      June 4, 2014 at 13:32

      What about SONY? They’ve already sold 7 million units…

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      • FoxOneZA

        June 4, 2014 at 14:34

        Sales doesn’t necessarily equate to quality. Look at the sales of the Wii vs Xbox 360 vs PS3. Even the PS3 lagged behind the Xbox 360 in sales when it had titles like Uncharted, Resistance, Killzone, GT5 and GoW 3 whereas the Xbox just had Gears, Halo and Forza.

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        • RinceofThis

          June 4, 2014 at 14:40

          I didn’t say anything about quality. I was pointing out that millions of consoles are still being bought so the assumption that everyone is jumping onto the PC is not substantiated at best, and a fanboys comment at worst.

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          • FoxOneZA

            June 4, 2014 at 14:46

            Selling millions of consoles is meaningless if the major draw card isn’t there ie quality exclusives. I have to agree that console gamers are switching to PC simply because I own 3 consoles but game mostly on PC. As my PC gamer buddies pointed out, there’s nothing worth getting excited over on PS4 just yet.

          • Tauriq Moosa

            June 4, 2014 at 14:48

            >> “As my PC gamer buddies pointed out, there’s nothing worth getting excited over on PS4 just yet”

            As a PS4 owner & admirer, add me to the list that agrees with this statement.

          • RinceofThis

            June 4, 2014 at 14:51

            I think you are missing the point. The statement was that console players are moving to PC. That is clearly not the case with the millions of consoles being sold. Just because you have 3 consoles and play on PC is not the basis that what you say is true. OVG, John and all the other people I played with on Xbox have all bought a PS4 and don’t game on PC. So I am right?

          • FoxOneZA

            June 4, 2014 at 16:06

            You are using Sony as an example and amongst my circle of friends, 2 game on PS4 and PC and 8 have moved on from consoles to PC. It’s the same common theme amongst other groups of PC gamers. They have moved on. Yes some will stay but many are moving on.

          • RinceofThis

            June 4, 2014 at 16:08

            Yes. I am using them because there is evidence to back up how many sales they have. As Xbox One hasn’t officially released their sale figures I cannot do that now can I? I was being sarcastic with my statement about OVG and John because I cannot use a subjective opinion like that.

    • Pieter Kruger

      June 4, 2014 at 15:18

      Hehehe, sorry to tell you but XB1 is MS’s best selling console ever!

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  10. Praise Lord GabeN

    June 4, 2014 at 13:33

    Meh. Not sure we need MSofts love. They just need to make sure Windows run Steam.

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  11. Corrie Botha

    June 4, 2014 at 13:40

    Never even got a response from Phil, wanted to know why we can’t even get Horizion 2 on PC, that would be the first step in my books about doing more for windows gaming(by bringing an xbox exclusive title to windows instead of games that were originally on PC to begin with RON and Fable).

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    • Mark Treloar

      June 4, 2014 at 13:41

      Well they did port Forza 5 for the DX12 demo, so who knows what the future holds.

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      • FoxOneZA

        June 4, 2014 at 14:35

        Maybe when Forza 6 launches on Xbox One, PC will get the Forza 5 Uber HD Edition.

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      • Corrie Botha

        June 4, 2014 at 14:56

        I’ve never really been interested in the numbered Forza’s, Horizon was actually one of the deciding factors on why I choose an XBOX in the 1st place, I’ll get Horizon 2 for the 360, think I’ll try and see if Fable’s Anniversary route will work on microsoft but very high doubts that Forza 5 itself will ever appear on PC and doubt that DX12 will change microsofts view on their exclusives.

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    • Pieter Kruger

      June 4, 2014 at 15:15

      People asked for the Fable HD remake on PC and they’ll be getting it…..keep asking!

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  12. Rags

    June 4, 2014 at 14:09

    Miscrosoft should also start taking SteamOS seriously. Only reason why I don’t use it is because it lacks Adobe and Autodesk Support πŸ™

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  13. Brian Murphy

    June 4, 2014 at 15:13

    I’ll believe it when I see it. They say this every couple years, and it doesn’t amount to jack and shit.

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  14. Sarelseemonster

    June 10, 2014 at 10:04

    The dude saying he wont install Steam. LOL! That seems like he was planted to say that.

    Reply

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