Microsoft's Anti-PC Gaming Policy

Microsoft Game Studios Europe Q&A Part 2 on GamesIndustry.biz talks with Peter Zetterberg about the gaming scene. One bit highlighted here seems a pretty tacit admission that Microsoft's approach to cross-platform releases is meant to promote the Xbox 360 at the expense of the PC, offering support for theories that the PC sometimes gets the short end of a conflict of interest situation:
"On a global scale the Windows Vista business is as important as our Xbox 360 business. But in Germany for example, we want more gamers to buy our Xbox 360,” he said in an interview published today.

"If we launch a game that is on 360 and PC simultaneously, we basically shoot ourselves in the foot by allowing the German market to choose to play the PC version – because they are more likely to buy that than spend their money on the Xbox 360."

"If we launched a Halo game on PC and 360 in Germany simultaneously, 80 per cent of sales would be on the PC," he added.
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If I didn't dislike consoles, I would jump at a chance to ditch Windows and MS's bs in a heartbeat. These people need to remember where their bread is buttered. The 360 hasn't done very well financially. If people start jumping ship and breaking Windows' near monopoly by moving to Apple or (free and much more spyware free) Linux, MS is toast.

Since most PC games have started turning into lame dumbed down console ports, I have started buying far fewer video games. I don't buy console games at all.

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