Microsoft Says It Needs to “Step Up” Its PC Support

games-for-windows-live-logoIt’s funny how things can change in just a few years. Microsoft, once the PC gaming giant, has now taken a back seat in that race, preferring instead to dump its collective resources into the console game. While it is making a good amount of head-way there, the giant company is rightly getting a bit of flack for “abandoning” the PC. Microsoft recognizes that it needs to give a bit more attention to the platform that launched its gaming business, and there are a few initiatives underway to make that happen.

Microsoft Game Studios’ General Manager Dave Luehmann recently had a little chat with MCV where he outlined the plan for the PC resurgence. He spoke pretty candidly on Microsoft’s stance in the industry, while at the same time being less than humble about the company’s position as a former forerunner:

“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. We are putting some real investment and big IPs behind the Windows platform. We’ve spoken of the first three, Fable III, Age of Empires Online and Microsoft Flight. However we are not going to stop there.”

One thing is for sure, Mr. Luehmann knows how to talk a big talk. While X-Box LIVE has done some revolutionary things in regards to party connectivity and nickle-and-diming the customer, Games for Windows LIVE continues to languish as XBL’s neglected cousin. For those of us who play our games on the PC, GFWL is sort of a black-sheep compared to other, more user friendly services such as Steam or Impulse. While it’s nice that Microsoft recognizes the importance of PC gaming, it still remains to be seen as to whether or not they’ll actually do as they promise. What do you guys think of MS’s stance? Should they reassert themselves in the PC gaming scene, or is this just an empty boast? With the X-Box doing fairly well and Kinect on the way, should we even expect for Microsoft to bother with their former territory? Let us know!

Source: MCV

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2 thoughts on “Microsoft Says It Needs to “Step Up” Its PC Support”

  1. “Other companies should look to Microsoft for leadership”
    could he clarify why they should? Alan Wake did and it went from PC exclusive to PC and Xbox to just the Xbox because they could not “afford to stretch there resources” (even though it was supposedly almost done for the PC anyway) or was it because the Xbox experience was “superior”…

    ranting aside I do hope Microsoft gives us more ports that are not totally shitty. However I already have steam and love it so GFWL can die for all I care.

  2. I’ve been STEAM since it came out, I couldn’t ever use anything else. I absolutely / hate / logging into GFWL before playing a game. I know it’s there to prevent piracy and everything, but it’s super annoying, and it’s one more thing I DON’T want running in the background while I’m trying to squeeze every frame per second I can out of a higher end game.

    Fable III on pc though? Kinda cool.

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