Recent developments have shown that Microsoft wants to expand its Xbox brand onto PC. We’ve seen this recently with the announcements that Microsoft is bringing both Quantum Break and Forza over to Windows 10. With the latter launching as a free-to-play game called Forza Motorsport 6: Apex, you’d think that people would be excited over the prospect of more gamers getting to enjoy beloved Microsoft franchises. While plenty are excited about the news, others are downright angry, and feel betrayed by the Seattle-based console maker.
If you take a look over at Phil Spencer’s Twitter mentions, you’ll find plenty of angry messages. Just take the message we’ve embedded below as an example of what you’ll find:
This comes from a comment thread on a tweet Spencer made about Forza Motorsport 6: Apex, where he assured a gamer that it would be “a real Forza experience, not a mobile-style game.” The conversation quickly turned into one filled with vitrol, as Xbox One owners such as the one above, told PC gamers that they didn’t “deserve” to play Microsoft games.
It’s an attitude you can find all over social media and on gaming forums. Some have even tried to take inspiration from Donald Drumpf’s presidential run and have started using a
#makexboxgreatagain hashtag to band together. It’s not very successful so far, with most of the posts just being J Allard jokes, but it’s something to look out for.
Other Xbox One owners are taking a wait and see approach to the whole situation, and while there are some worries, are generally optimistic. We spoke with one such owner, Demetrius, who is known on Twitter as @Sweg_Meche. He caught our eye as Demetrius recently asked Phil if he was “in it to make the Xbox One console better [as it] seems like only PC is getting benefits.”
When asked on his feelings on Xbox One exclusives coming to PC, he was of mixed feelings. “I feel that it’s taking away the need for an Xbox One, but I’m glad that I will finally get to play with my PC buds,” said Demetrius. He also outlined another potential upside of the deal, “I hope the Windows 10 unification will bring more games from PC to Xbox One also.”
Demetrius also said that he thought Phil Spencer was doing a good job, but that he “tries to be too friendly and non-competitive.” He summed it up well by saying that since Phil is running a business, “[he] can’t make everyone happy.”
Regardless of your personal opinion on how Microsoft is dealing with the situation, it’s clear that they are navigating some murky waters. Time will show if the expansion into PC gaming will pay off, but right now Xbox owners are unsure if this is the right decision.
Let us know in the comments below if you’re confident in Phil Spencer’s leadership, or are worried about Microsoft’s console.