MS Recommitted to PC Gaming (Again)?

Microsoft may be considering a more concerted effort to bolster gaming on Windows, according to indications in an internal Fable III Q&A in the hands of Kotaku (thanks joao). The document, prepared for Microsoft spokespersons, poses a question you would think was penned by a cynical game journalist, asking: "Does 'Fable III' on Windows signal a larger reinvestment by Microsoft in PC gaming? How is this different from the previous times you've announced a reinvestment in PC gaming and not quite come through with a robust offering?" It is quite encouraging to see that Redmond seems to recognize that they have not really followed through on previously announced plans to reinvigorate PC gaming, and while their answer to their own question is not as encouraging as the query itself, we can still hold out hope that they are looking to under-promise and over-deliver this time, instead of the opposite. Here's the answer:
In terms of revenue, Windows is far and away the largest gaming platform in the world, so it's an incredibly important part of Microsoft's business. From core games like "Fable III" to casual, social and Facebook titles, more gaming happens on Windows than anywhere else. Windows 7 is a world-class gaming platform, and you can bet Microsoft has a vested interest in using it as a platform for amazing first party content. "Fable III" on Windows as well as Xbox 360 this holiday is a great first step, and we'll have more news for you later this summer.
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Re: MS Recommitted to PC Gaming (Again)?
Jun 21, 2010, 17:10
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Re: MS Recommitted to PC Gaming (Again)? Jun 21, 2010, 17:10
Jun 21, 2010, 17:10
 
Hahah... Fable? A core game? I weep for humanity.
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Re: MS Recommitted to PC Gaming (Again)?
Jun 21, 2010, 17:14
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Re: MS Recommitted to PC Gaming (Again)? Jun 21, 2010, 17:14
Jun 21, 2010, 17:14
 
A core game is whatever game Microsoft marketing is told to push.
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Jun 21, 2010, 17:15
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Re: MS Recommitted to PC Gaming (Again)? Jun 21, 2010, 17:15
Jun 21, 2010, 17:15
 
peteham wrote on Jun 21, 2010, 17:10:
Hahah... Fable? A core game? I weep for humanity.

Gotta agree there. Also, Fable 3 without Fable 2.. No, thanks.

Give us back MechWarrior and Age of Empires, Microsoft!. And kill Games for Windows Shit Live. THAT would really help PC gaming.
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Re: MS Recommitted to PC Gaming (Again)?
Jun 21, 2010, 17:18
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Re: MS Recommitted to PC Gaming (Again)? Jun 21, 2010, 17:18
Jun 21, 2010, 17:18
 
I have to agree with Microsoft, Fable is a core game franchise. Granted PC will probably never see Fable 2, but I'm glad Fable 3 is coming to PC (even though I'll get it for the 360 as more friends play it there).
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Re: MS Recommitted to PC Gaming (Again)?
Jun 21, 2010, 17:19
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Re: MS Recommitted to PC Gaming (Again)? Jun 21, 2010, 17:19
Jun 21, 2010, 17:19
 
And we are going to have this awesome Online Service called Windows Live after we killed our first online service The Zone. Also we are going to make it so that there are ten different ways for people to connect together. Now you have Steam, Battlenet, Whatever our studios make and Impulse. Plus a million other services. We are not going to help the infrastructure of Windows gaming we are just going to make our own service and hopefully beat our competition into the ground. Or we will change our mind after 2 years of zero support and resources on the new service.

And we will have a awesome magazine called Games for Windows. We will support and push that magazine. Oh yeah we are going to have a traditionally loved magazine rename itself and then we are going to support it to show our support for games. We the magazine we didn't need nor it was to much work to support and let it crumble to dust in less then two years.

Also we are going to support our Windows gaming studios. Like we supported Ensemble and its Age of series. We sold millions and made millions and now we killed it a year ago but NOW we are supporting our XBox studios in making ports.

Ugh I am sad and sicken by M$ Gaming stupidity.
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Re: MS Recommitted to PC Gaming (Again)?
Jun 21, 2010, 17:22
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Re: MS Recommitted to PC Gaming (Again)? Jun 21, 2010, 17:22
Jun 21, 2010, 17:22
 
Microsoft could not care less about PC as gaming platform. They invested too many money, time and effort in their own ecossystem, which generates far more revenue than they ever dreamed in the PC.
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Re: MS Recommitted to PC Gaming (Again)?
Jun 21, 2010, 17:23
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Re: MS Recommitted to PC Gaming (Again)? Jun 21, 2010, 17:23
Jun 21, 2010, 17:23
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HAY GUYS SORRY WE KILLED OUR OWN PLATFORM BY BUYING ALL THE GAMES FOR THE XBOX HERES A CONSOLE PORT!!! WERE SAVING THE DAY DONT WORRY GUYS!!!!
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Re: MS Recommitted to PC Gaming (Again)?
Jun 21, 2010, 17:28
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Re: MS Recommitted to PC Gaming (Again)? Jun 21, 2010, 17:28
Jun 21, 2010, 17:28
 
Yup, bring back Mechwarrior, and Combat Flight Sim while you are at it. Deeds..... not words.
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Re: MS Recommitted to PC Gaming (Again)?
Jun 21, 2010, 17:32
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Re: MS Recommitted to PC Gaming (Again)? Jun 21, 2010, 17:32
Jun 21, 2010, 17:32
 
Talk is cheap, m$ will say anything to sell their new os's, no reason to believe them now.
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Re: MS Recommitted to PC Gaming (Again)?
Jun 21, 2010, 17:34
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Re: MS Recommitted to PC Gaming (Again)? Jun 21, 2010, 17:34
Jun 21, 2010, 17:34
 
Its down to the developers/publishers. When they bold face lie about their products being design for the PC when its blatantly obvious its not (Crysis2) over simplified game systems & button mashing mechanics, lower quality graphics ect it seems they have no intention of caring about it.
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Re: MS Recommitted to PC Gaming (Again)?
Jun 21, 2010, 17:40
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Jun 21, 2010, 17:40
 
Microsoft could not care less about PC as gaming platform. They invested too many money, time and effort in their own ecossystem, which generates far more revenue than they ever dreamed in the PC.

Wrong. MS made a near fatal mistake in dumping the PC for the console. Their business is predicated on the operating system and office software. As PC gaming has been declining, so has the hardware and software race. People use consoles for one thing, people use PCs for many things. And PC gaming was what drove innovation. So if people don't need to upgrade they certainly don't need new OS's and other software either, do they? That they lacked the foresight to see the long term, big picture never surprised me. Like most corporations they generally only think in terms of the immediate and quick profit (read: consoles). Had they never bothered with the console market and pushed the hell out of PC gaming they would have been far better off all around.

However, now as they're losing ground on the PC side of things they're starting to see the writing on the wall and realize if they don't bolster PC gaming pretty soon they're going to be a shadow of their former selves only making consoles - and where is the profit in those when they're sold slightly above cost and console cycles are now looking to be extended to the 5-10 year range - and publishing console games. The best thing they can do for themselves is to ensure PC gaming not only thrives, but dominates the market.
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Re: MS Recommitted to PC Gaming (Again)?
Jun 21, 2010, 17:45
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Jun 21, 2010, 17:45
 
WHY CAN'T THEY JUST MAKE DAMN MOUSE/KEYBOARD INTERFACE FOR CONSOLES???!!!

I FEEL LIKE IM TAKING CRAZY PILLS HERE!!!
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Re: MS Recommitted to PC Gaming (Again)?
Jun 21, 2010, 17:53
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Jun 21, 2010, 17:53
 
Let me know when Forza appears on PC.
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Re: MS Recommitted to PC Gaming (Again)?
Jun 21, 2010, 18:11
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Re: MS Recommitted to PC Gaming (Again)? Jun 21, 2010, 18:11
Jun 21, 2010, 18:11
 
Microsoft, I only have two words to remind you, you bunch of fucktards:

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Re: MS Recommitted to PC Gaming (Again)?
Jun 21, 2010, 18:13
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Jun 21, 2010, 18:13
 
And anyone who wants to be amused greatly, see this chart. It may be close to 1 year outdated but it does paint the big picture:

The Big Picture
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Re: MS Recommitted to PC Gaming (Again)?
Jun 21, 2010, 18:25
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Jun 21, 2010, 18:25
Wag
 

The PS3 supports it. UT3 PS3 allows you to play on KB/M (unfortunately that was the first and last game that did).
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Re: MS Recommitted to PC Gaming (Again)?
Jun 21, 2010, 18:41
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Jun 21, 2010, 18:41
 
Dear Microsoft,

Go fuck yourselves.

Sincerely,
Me.

Ps. Halo sux k thx bye.
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Re: MS Recommitted to PC Gaming (Again)?
Jun 21, 2010, 18:48
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Jun 21, 2010, 18:48
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 21, 2010, 17:40:
Microsoft could not care less about PC as gaming platform. They invested too many money, time and effort in their own ecossystem, which generates far more revenue than they ever dreamed in the PC.

Wrong. MS made a near fatal mistake in dumping the PC for the console. Their business is predicated on the operating system and office software. As PC gaming has been declining, so has the hardware and software race. People use consoles for one thing, people use PCs for many things. And PC gaming was what drove innovation. So if people don't need to upgrade they certainly don't need new OS's and other software either, do they? That they lacked the foresight to see the long term, big picture never surprised me. Like most corporations they generally only think in terms of the immediate and quick profit (read: consoles). Had they never bothered with the console market and pushed the hell out of PC gaming they would have been far better off all around.

However, now as they're losing ground on the PC side of things they're starting to see the writing on the wall and realize if they don't bolster PC gaming pretty soon they're going to be a shadow of their former selves only making consoles - and where is the profit in those when they're sold slightly above cost and console cycles are now looking to be extended to the 5-10 year range - and publishing console games. The best thing they can do for themselves is to ensure PC gaming not only thrives, but dominates the market.

From what I have read there is a split within Microsoft of people who want them to concentrate and keep their PC business above all else, as that is their main profit line, and people who want them to concentrate on owning the living room and preparing for a possible closed system future where you access the internet from your couch or cell phone only.

Rumor is the recent exiting of executives and restructuring was about this exact divide, with the PC people taking back a lot of power... then we get a Fable 3 announcement, a game that like the Sims had a lot of popularity on PC with casual AND hardcore gamers. Time will tell what the next initiative is, if there is one. They might just concentrate on other PC avenues for the time being.
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Re: MS Recommitted to PC Gaming (Again)?
Jun 21, 2010, 18:53
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Jun 21, 2010, 18:53
 
It's nothing of the kind. It's just MS bleating crap in an effort to boost sales for Fable III.

MS could care less what happens to PC Gaming. They make their money in the corporate world, not from PC gamers.

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Re: MS Recommitted to PC Gaming (Again)?
Jun 21, 2010, 18:57
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Jun 21, 2010, 18:57
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What the hell, this is deja vu. Haven't they been saying this same basic thing once a year for the past few years?
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