Microsoft: Our first party games are superior to Sony and Nintendo’s

Ben Parfitt
Microsoft: Our first party games are superior to Sony and Nintendo’s

Gran Turismo, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros – these are some of gaming’s biggest IPs, but Microsoft has said that its selection of first party trounces them all.

That’s according to Xbox CFO Dennis Durkin, who in an interview with IndustryGamers reacted badly when it was suggested that more developers need to be added to the Microsoft Game Studios programme in order to compete with Sony and Nintendo.

"I would ask you to go and look at some of your data,” he retorted. “Compare first party performance over the course of this lifecycle, because I think our first party performance in terms of quality bars and units per title this shift has been superior to our competition’s.

"But certainly we think first party is an important tool and you can’t dispute titles like Forza, which has consistently come out on a repeated cadence and sold multi-million units. You can’t dispute things like Fable, which again, on a very consistent pace, has come out and sold 2 and 3 million units a pop. And now new titles, like Kinect Sports, which has come out and sold over 3m units.

“So we are, not only building existing IP and incubating around titles like Halo and others, but really building new IP in new areas. And that’s going to be core to us... to build those experiences and monetize those."


Tags: Microsoft , xbox 360

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So the IP 's Zelda, Mario, sonic, god of war, gran turisimo and unchrarted have all sold less than 2m -3m?

Is this guy soft in the head?

Allen Smith

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Jul 19th 2011 at 12:18PM

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