Fable III Really Signals A Larger Microsoft Push For PC Gaming This Time

Microsoft asks itself hard questions in an internal Q&A document obtained by Kotaku, including whether the larger investment in PC gaming brought on by Fable III is different than the other times it promised the same and didn't deliver.

We didn't ask the question. We didn't have to. In an internal Q&A document prepared for MIcrosoft spokespeople and snagged by Kotaku, Microsoft addresses the fact that it hasn't quite come through on the PC promises of the past.

First, the question:

Q: Does "Fable III" on Windows signal a larger reinvestment by Microsoft in PC gaming? How is this different from the previous times you've announced a reinvestment in PC gaming and not quite come through with a robust offering?

That this question even exists would indicate that MIcrosoft is at least aware of the perception that they've failed to follow through with previous PC gaming pushes.

Unfortunately the answer, again formulated for spokespeople instead of any media outlet in general, isn't quite as satisfying as the question.

A: In terms of revenue, Windows is far and away the largest gaming platform in the world, so it's an incredibly important part of Microsoft's business. From core games like "Fable III" to casual, social and Facebook titles, more gaming happens on Windows than anywhere else. Windows 7 is a world-class gaming platform, and you can bet Microsoft has a vested interest in using it as a platform for amazing first party content. "Fable III" on Windows as well as Xbox 360 this holiday is a great first step, and we'll have more news for you later this summer.

Hopefully this signals good news for PC gamers on the way.


    This is a non story because that was a non answer.

    In fact, I read their response as a lot of kissing ass but saying nothing, meaning a REDUCED focus on PC games.

    They just didn't want outraged PC yelling at them, so they said "Nohh baby, you're my sugar doll, I'll always love you most-"


    "Huh? ...uhh... -Nohh, baby-"

      Dude, you might have some issues.

      "Windows is far and away the largest gaming platform in the world, so it’s an incredibly important part of Microsoft’s business"

      Some people need to read...

      It shows they think its important, but nothing about increase or decrease in push.

        The PC has been the largest gaming platform for a very long time. And Microsoft has been neglecting it as a gaming platform for a very long time. Really, if they thought it was an important platforms for gaming they wouldn't be 'figuring it out' now. They would have worked it out a decade ago.

    I almost hope they stay away for a while longer so that GFWL can finally die off.

      GFWL is the epitome in my mind of them not understanding that the xbox 360 and the PC are not the same people

      PC gamers dont want achievements and we dont like getting stuck with the exact same title for every game

      not to mention that if the game is going to install through steam Cough DOWII Cough install the inferior GFWL merely to allow gamerscore for 360 people is not the way to go about it. steam covers every feature of GFWL that DOW II had but that and normally handles them way better to boot.

    What... even... THAT MEANS NOTHING.

    That answer really doesn't talk about Microsoft Game Studios... but more about Windows as an operating system.

    Was there a follow up question on the internal Q & A?

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