Microsoft’s new focus is finally filtering down to the Xbox team. With Satya Nadella at the helm, Microsoft is all about getting everyone on its products and services. We’ve seen it with Microsoft apps on iOS. And now we see it with big Xbox exclusives coming to PC.
That’s right. Remedy Entertainment’s Quantum Break is coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 on April 5th. For today’s Microsoft, everyone is a potential customer. They don’t limit their consumer base just because a person doesn’t own the platform needed to use it. Just like how Microsoft products appear on Apple hardware.
And those of you who decide to pre-order the Xbox One version get the Windows 10 version free. From the press release:
Pre-Order Quantum Break for Xbox One to Receive the Windows 10 Version at No Additional Cost
Xbox wants to empower gamers to play the games they want with the people they want on the devices they want, so Microsoft Studios and Remedy Entertainment will launch Quantum Break on Windows 10 simultaneously with the Xbox One version on April 5, 2016. Anyone who pre-orders the Xbox One digital version of Quantum Break through the Xbox Store, purchases an Xbox One digital token at participating retailers, or pre-orders an Xbox One Special Edition Quantum Break bundle, will receive the Windows 10 version of the game downloadable at the Windows Store via redemption code.*
Here’s a fantastic, new live-action trailer accompanying today’s big news.
The trend of including Xbox 360 games with preorders continues with Quantum Break. Remedy Entertainment’s Alan Wake and Alan Wake’s American Nightmare will be included with preorders from participating retailers or through the Xbox Store. Alan Wake (and its DLCs) will be included with every copy of Quantum Break.
Quantum Break’s PC edition is the latest in Microsoft’s wider push to expand its games across console and PC. Games currently in development for both platforms includes Gears of War 4, ReCore, Scalebound, and Fable Legends.
Gamespot has since removed that portion. Did they jump the gun, or get Gears of War 4 mixed up with Gears of War: Ultimate (which is confirmed to be coming to Windows 10)? I’m leaning towards a mix-up, but nothing would surprise me at this point. (UPDATE: Rob Crossley says it was an error.)
Is this the beginning of the end for Xbox?
It’s a question many are throwing around this morning. And, it’s a good one. After all, Quantum Break is a decent Xbox exclusive. I wouldn’t put it up there with Halo, Gears or Forza – but an exclusive is an exclusive. What’s surprising many people (including me) is the fact that it is coming to PC on the same day.
What does this mean for the future of Xbox? Microsoft won’t abandon the Xbox One, but it does raise some interesting questions for the future. My main question: is there a threshold for Xbox exclusives making the jump to PC? Games like Quantum Break, Recore and Fable Legends were never going to lead to huge boosts in system sales. But Halo and Forza? Those can. And if they start coming to PC same day? I might start to worry.
Then again, consoles and PCs are different animals. Many people who own consoles don’t play games on PC. They buy their Xbox One, PS4 or Wii U because they want something that just hooks into their TV with no hassle. A person who owns only a Xbox One is still viewing Quantum Break as a Xbox One exclusive. Hell, even those with PCs probably are. Just look at these specs.
At the end of the day, this is a win for gamers. The more people that get a chance to enjoy quality games, the better.