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Phil Spencer: "If we are shipping a first-party game on PC, it's coming to Steam and our own store."

KyoShiRo330

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Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has been doing the rounds to promote Microsoft's latest console, and he's been talking a little more about the company's cross-platform approach. Essentially Xbox is making the 'box' part of the equation less central, and transitioning into more of a software platform.

"There is this expectation from customers like there is now on PC, where people don't really question—there might be some timing things, on when certain things happen—but if we are shipping a first-party game it's coming to PC. If we are shipping a first-party game on PC it's coming to Steam and our own store. Like we built an expectation from our customers.
You know if I rewind five years ago, I would say over and over, that we are committed to PC and then get a bunch of eye rolls, and rightfully so for we weren't doing much. But I think now when you look at what our standing is on Steam and Game Pass on PC, we have shown that our commitment over time has paid off. PC customers may or may not love what we do, but they know that when we are shipping things, we're gonna do our best effort on PC as well as on Xbox.
The fact that we sell our games on PC does undermine one of the value propositions in that it doesn't force somebody to go buy our console. Our high-level goal inside of our team, of how we measure ourselves, is how many people are playing on Xbox. And when we say 'playing on Xbox' it doesn't mean an Xbox console. It means somebody who is logging in and playing a part of our ecosystem, whether first-party or third-party. And it could be on an Android phone. It could be on a Switch. It could be on a PC. That's how we think about it."



 
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Wish they would commit to day one on Steam.

And honestly wish they'd work out with Valve a way to connect Gamepass to Steam and let me use that client/the steam copy of a game.
 

Kokoloko85

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Those Bethesda games arent cheap... Gamepass cant afford to fund all those studios. Makes sense
 
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I thought they already have?

All recent releases have been day one on Steam as well.
Read the quote in the thread... it's a bit murky what he means by "here might be some timing things, on when certain things happen"..
 
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Warnen

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If I’m going to buy stuff I’d rather get it on steam for sure. After 2 months of good pc game pass this month is a stinker so dunno if I’ll keep my sub, maybe just sub for a month if i wanna try a game then buy it on steam. Got till April as is so we will see.
 

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Incoming port begging by me.

I hope they keep shipping stuff to ps5 too ( I recognize this isn't happening but I still hope it does)
 

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Our high-level goal inside of our team, of how we measure ourselves, is how many people are playing on Xbox. And when we say 'playing on Xbox' it doesn't mean an Xbox console. It means somebody who is logging in and playing a part of our ecosystem, whether first-party or third-party. And it could be on an Android phone. It could be on a Switch. It could be on a PC. That's how we think about it.


Why is playstation missing from names he put up?

shady...