Every time Microsoft announces a new OS, it fervently renews its vows to the PC gaming community. We've seen it happen with Windows Vista (Halo 2 anyone?), Windows 7 (Games for Windows Live, DirectX 11), and now we're seeing it with Windows 10. Except efforts this time around to revitalise the Redmond-based firm's relevance to PC gaming is being headed up by Phil Spencer.
With Gears of War, Killer Instinct, and Fable Legends coming to Windows 10, the Xbox boss' attempts to be taken seriously by a rather sceptical audience appear sincere. Considering that Windows 10 is appropriating the Xbox ecosystem, shouldn't new games like Scalebound, Crackdown 3, and Quantum Break come to the PC? Spencer is not ruling it out.
"It's not to say those games could never come to Windows, but right now we're on the path to finish the great games that they've started, and I want that to be the case," he said in conversation with PC Gamer.
"In the case of things like Scalebound or Crackdown or Quantum Break, you know, just to be completely honest with you, we started those games before we really looked at expanding into Windows in the way that I wanted to bring as part of becoming head of Xbox," he said.
"Even with Gears, like the Gears 1 remake, we thought about framerate, we thought about multiplayer," added Spencer. "The opportunity to bring it to Windows in a refreshed way felt like a great opportunity from the beginning. I'm trying to be more deliberate in the choices that we make."
According to Spencer, not all games work on all platforms and therefore taking an approach where they're universally available will not be adopted by Microsoft. It's a smart way to appease the PC audience while giving Xbox One fans enough of a reason to hold on to the system.