Microsoft Defends Cross-Gen Releases
Written Wednesday, June 18, 2014 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
Xbox boss Phil Spencer has defended Microsoft's approach to cross generation releases, saying that the company has an “obligation” to Xbox 360 owners. Responding to a question suggesting cross-gen releases holding Xbox One back, Spencer pointed to the Xbox 360’s huge and growing install base.
"We have millions and millions of people on 360," said Spencer. "If you bought your Xbox 360 a year and a half ago, I think we have an obligation there. We're going to sell millions more Xbox 360s before this generation is done and when people make a £100+ commitment to us, they're gonna come in and buy an Xbox 360, I want to make sure that there's content for them.”
"It's an investment in the new generation of consoles, not every game is going to go to 360, but I want to make sure the 360 has a healthy line-up of software from us and from third parties. And I think that's important. Not everyone bought an Xbox One at launch.”
With regards to third party games, Spencer added, "Most of the third parties will support both generations for a couple of years, right? For a third party this is the nice part of the curve for the last generation, because you've got millions of people out there and they want to sell content that these people will buy.
"They also want to kickstart the new generation successfully, so you'll see a lot of them doing a little bit of both. For us in first party, our primary focus is Xbox One. You saw that on stage [at E3], we tried to show a breadth of content that you could buy in 2014."