Yesterday, Halo series director Frank O’Connor announced, “There is plenty of chance that Halo 5 could appear on the PC,” which came as a surprising revelation. However, this has now been categorically denied by Aaron Greenberg, the head of Xbox marketing who said:
@RMDXBOX This is not true. Game is being made exclusively for Xbox One.
— Aaron Greenberg (@aarongreenberg) October 23, 2015
The conflicting message between 343 and the Xbox division is quite puzzling and demonstrates a lack of communication. On another note, I cannot understand Microsoft’s stubbornness towards PC gaming. Not so long ago, Phil Spencer proclaimed “it’s time for us to talk about gaming on Windows” and promised Microsoft would take PC gaming more seriously. Over the years, Microsoft has made a number of pledges and always failed to produce the goods.
Granted, there are a few titles working their way to PC including Gears of War Remastered, Fable Legends and Halo Wars 2. However, for all their posturing, Microsoft doesn’t seem interested in porting leading Xbox exclusives like Forza and Halo. Honestly, I don’t understand Microsoft’s logic and feel they are making a monumental mistake. Some might argue exclusives are required to entice customers to purchase an Xbox One.
On the other hand, I’m not entirely convinced the PC gaming audience is competing with the Xbox One. Console players prefer the plug-and-play experience and can be overwhelmed by the huge amount of PC components. As a result, Microsoft is intentionally restricting their sales, and consumer base. This is complete madness and their unwillingness to support PC gaming has helped make Valve the successful company it is today.