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In an interview published today, Microsoft Games Studios’ general manager Dave Kuehmann commented on some criticism that PC gamers have been sending towards the gaming giant, pertaining to their commitment to develop games on the platform. According to Kuehmann, “It is our job to lead the way on PC” but admitted “we need to step up.”

To be fair, I probably should list the full quote. He said, “There’s been a fair bit of criticism aimed at Microsoft that we were spending a lot of our focus on console, and we need to be putting resources behind PC as well. Other companies should look to Microsoft for leadership, but I’m not sure they do. It is our job to lead the way on PC. And in some ways we are doing that and in other ways we are not. So we need to step up.”

Of course Kuehmann is optimistic. He went on to say, “We are putting some real investment and big IPs behind the Windows platform,” mentioning Fable 3, Microsoft Flight, and Age of Empires Online. “However we are not going to stop there.”

As a PC gamer, I have to say that I’ve heard this all before. Microsoft has periodically told the PC gaming market that it has not forgotten about them, but continues to save their “core” games for the Xbox 360. Last time they said this, their big present to PC gamers was Games for Windows Live, a horrible redundant shell that does nothing but get in the way of gamers playing their games. Now I don’t mean to be so harsh. I hope  with all my heart that Microsoft finally comes back to PC gaming. However, until I see some legitimate proof of Microsoft’s “Triple-A” PC titles, I still hold onto my right to be skeptical.

What do you guys think? Is Microsoft serious this time? Do you guys think I’m being too harsh on them? Let us know what you think with a comment below.

Source: Shacknews

  1. avatar R.S. Hunter

    Nope. You have a right to be skeptical. Plus it’s a lot easier to generate a bigger user install base with console. Anybody can buy one and hook it up to a TV. PC gaming requires more specialized equipment. MS goes where the money is, which right now looks to be more centered in console gaming.

    • I totally concur. Even when Microsoft releases a big property on PC that property is always seeing either simultaneous release on the 360 or has already been released there. It is obvious where their gaming focus is but it is also hard to really blame them. It isn’t like the 360 isn’t their product and it was designed exclusively for gaming.

      It isn’t like their pc interests are getting hammered either. Windows is still the #1 OS and I would be stunned if Explorer wasn’t still the most used Web Browser.

  2. I honestly haven’t forgiven them for closing Ensemble.

    Not specifically related, but that’s my gripe with Microsoft right now.

  3. avatar Lars

    you guys are so off. Is MS dosent do something to improve PC gaming, people will ditch windows (face it , gaming is the biggest reason people use windows) and Microsoft will loose one of its core incomes.

  4. avatar Lauritha

    Not that I know of, but that would be a great new app for someone to try and delevop. There are so many things that I would like to port to my android from mac products but a lot of that is blocked. Someone should definitely try and make that possible.

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