Xbox boss Phil Spencer broke PlayStation’s PC strategy in a media briefing earlier this week and accused Sony of double-diving with its exclusive products.
Over the past few years, Xbox has taken a fairly successful path in treating the PC as a first-party platform. Most, if not all, first-party games are available from the Windows 10 store along with their console version, with the horrors of Games For Windows Live now a distant memory.
Without naming a name, Spencer deliberately compared Xbox’s current strategy with certain competitors. PlayStation has only slowly started bringing its first-party games to PC, starting with Horizon Zero Dawn – which took 3 years to leave console exclusivity.
“We’re the only platform that delivers games on PC, cloud and console at the same time,” boasted Spencer. “Others bring console games to PC years later and not only get people to buy their hardware in advance, but then charge it a second time to play on PC.
“We have a huge growth opportunity on PC. We shipped our first-party games on console and PC at the same time. And last year we more than doubled our first-party retail sales on PC. And we’re also one of the largest third-party providers on Steam.” “
Sony has expressed a desire to bring more of its exclusive consoles to the PC. Zombie road trip Days Gone made the leap earlier this year, with rumors that Uncharted 4 will eventually do the same. Not a word about a Bloodborne port. We are sorry.
Spencer is optimistic about the future of Xbox on PC and tells us that in the coming year we can expect an “amazing selection” of titles from both Xbox Games Studios and Bethesda. But he also seems to be looking forward to cloud gaming in the PC area. Considering that it is difficult to get new hardware these days, this can become a very tempting option indeed.
“With cloud gaming, we now have the ability to bring these great AAA quality games to the hundreds of millions of Windows PCs that are below spec that were previously unable to play the hit games that everyone sees. “
The Xbox + Bethesda E3 Showcase kicks off this Sunday, June 13th at 10:00 a.m. PDT / 6:00 p.m. BST.