Microsoft plays up PC gaming at San Francisco event


— 6:00 AM on June 26, 2008

Despite having a pretty big stake in the console market with the Xbox 360, Microsoft is still pimping the PC as a gaming platform. According to TG Daily, Microsoft Corporate VP John Schappert played up the strengths of PC gaming on the eve of the "Games for Windows Presents: The Big Picture" event in San Francisco. Schappert stated, "[I can] report that Microsoft and a growing community of the gaming industry’s leading publishers, hardware manufacturers and retailers have made the Windows-based PC the largest gaming platform in the world." TG Daily has more quotes, including:

"While the challenges we face as an industry are many, PC gaming has never been stronger, and we’re confident this trend will continue in the years to come," he wrote. . . . Schappert said that PC game titles exclusive to Windows including "World in Conflict," "Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar" and "Sins of a Solar Empire." Other popular titles such as "Crysis" and "Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures" have sold and shipped more than 1 million copies, respectively. "Hellgate: London" now has more than 1 million active subscribers.

At the actual event, TG Daily says Microsoft gave attendees a glimpse of upcoming PC games including Call of Duty: World at War, Crysis Warhead, Ghostbusters: The Videogame, and Microsoft's own Zoo Tycoon 2: Ultimate Collection.

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