With the Xbox One X due in just a week's time, Microsoft's Gaming Division Corporate Vice President Mike Ybarra has said that he doesn't care whether gamers play their games on Xbox or Windows PC. With the big release of their powerful new console so close, is this another hint that Microsoft want to leave the console gaming space?
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Mike posted the comment on Twitter in a reply to an Xbox fan who was outraged that Ybarra was playing Destiny 2 on PC, saying that he shouldn't even be mentioning the PC with the Xbox One X release so close. Here was his reply:
You realize we create both gaming platforms right? Windows and Xbox. I don’t care where people play. Play and have fun.— Mike Ybarra (@XboxQwik) October 28, 2017
While we're happy that Microsoft has this sentiment, and adds even more hope to the rumour that the Halo Master Chief Collection may come to PC in 2018, it does raise further questions about Microsoft's commitment to the Xbox platform - which has been constantly struggling against the PS4, not helped by a lack of decent exclusives of which most were on PC too.
It's good for PC gamers, but some Xbox gamers have been predictably cross about this statement:
One simple thing. If you don't listen to the fans, you will not have fans. The fans want exclusives for XO.— Anton Ivanov (@Mr__Trex) October 29, 2017
The PC audience, on the other hand, mostly want Microsoft to stop just releasing their games on the terrible Windows Store. The Xbox One X is due out November 7, which Microsoft are boasting as the most powerful console out there, but with the only exclusive games for the platform coming being Sea of Thieves and Crackdown 3 many people are suspecting that the Xbox One X might actually be Microsoft's last console. Time will tell.