Peter Molyneux Weighs In On The Next Xbox

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Recently, Peter Molyneux made a few highly opinionated statements to Edge-Online. The former Microsoft Games Studios Creative Director isn’t totally sure what MS intentions are with the third generation Xbox. His statements recounted:

I’m going to be absolutely fascinated to see what they finally come out with, because I kind of knew a lot when I was at Microsoft about what their plans were, and plans change and aspirations change. I’m sure they’ll have put a lot of time and thought and rehearsal into that press briefing, but I’m going to be fascinated to see what the hardware is, and how it will fit into this new world that we’re in now – this new world of hyper-connectivity, of super-portability. Or whether they’ll double-down and say ‘you know what? We are the games console, and that’s what we define ourselves as’ and say [they] don’t really care about hyper-connectivity or hyper-portability. It’ll be fascinating which way they jump.”

He continued,

This is my personal feeling as a gamer,” he continued. “What I would do is double-down on what this console is for: it’s for playing games. It’s for playing console games for this massive, incredibly loyal audience of gamers out there. When they start to mix all this other stuff in there I’m kind of slightly like: ‘look, I don’t want another way of looking at Facebook’. You know, I’ve got all the ways of looking at Facebook. I don’t want another way of looking at Netflix. Just give me what I’ve paid my £299 for, and that is to play amazing, incredible computer games.”

and finally,

There’s always this talk about making consoles ‘input one’ on the TV,” Molyneux added. “It’s the fight over moving from it being your Sky box to your Xbox or PlayStation 4, and for me, as a gamer, I don’t want that. I want my ‘input two’ to be my games console, and I just think all that stuff tends to confuse it.”

It seems like Molyneux shares many consumers hesitations towards Microsoft’s next gen approach. Since his departure he’s released the free app Curiosity and has also successfully funded the Kickstarter project Godus. We’re less than a month away from the Xbox Event we’ve all been anticipating. I’m fine with having “apps” on my console as it’s a way to justify the price tag to my wife. “but, you and the little guy can watch Netflix on it!” is just one of the many facts in the semi-uniformed argument I’ll have to make to get my hands on the next Xbox. On the other hand – give your core audience, that made you what you are today, what they want – Games. Microsoft’s next gen success may rest on that simple phrase.

Thanks to Edge-Online


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Dylan Zellmer

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