Microsoft not embellishing original Xbox games

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While Sony is hard at work, bringing many great titles of PlayStation’s past into the current console generation, Microsoft isn’t putting its efforts into the same lane.

Corporate Vice President for Microsoft Game Studios, Phil Spencer, who recently spoke on 3D gaming, told IGN that Microsoft wasn’t currently planning any High-Def re-releases.

"I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad idea.  I’m going to think about it from the customer’s perspective," he told IGN.  "Are we really delivering something of value to the customer at a price that they want?"

A fair point, considering the Xbox’s most highly-touted games, Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2, have been, for all intents and purposes, recreated on the Xbox 360 with the releases of Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST and Halo Reach.

The games Sony is re-envisioning on the PlayStation 3 are games which only saw PlayStation 2 releases.  For example, Ico, Shadow of the Colossus and the Sly Cooper games have no relatives on the PlayStation 3, so there is certainly more of a demand for these polished collections.  Sony also released the God of War Collection, though God of War III, a PlayStation 3 exclusive, soon followed.

"We obviously have a lot of new things going on, so the thought of re-doing a bunch of things is probably difficult to just weave into the overall portfolio," Spencer told IGN. "If you can provide real value to the customer, there could be possibilities for that, but I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it."



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