Microsoft’s Phil Spencer Refutes SmartGlass Copy Accusations and Wants New Zelda and Metroid Games


In an interview with Games Industry published last night with the corporate vice president of Microsoft Studios Phil Spencer. While the interview offered no real surprises it did give us a the view on Nintendo and their E3 2012 presentation from within Microsoft. He refutes suggestions that Microsoft’s SmartGlass is a copy of the Wii U’s GamePad. But rather nicely he expresses his anticipation for new Zelda and Metroid games! In what could be seen as nice words of war, he may be playing into the disappointment of Nintendo’s hardcore gamers in not receiving word of these big hitting games.

Q: Was there anything in the other conferences though that stood out for you? People have said that SmartGlass is a reaction to the Wii U tablet. Is there any truth to that?

Phil Spencer: No, our SmartGlass was driven by the fact that people use multiple devices at home to consume content. Whether they’re watching TV with their laptop up or sitting with their phone while browsing the web, we could use the power of Live to connect all these devices in an intelligent way and turn your TV into a smart TV. Your specific question on the other press briefings, I went to EA, Ubisoft, Nintendo and Sony and ours. Things that I thought and I am more of a positive than a negative; things I liked were ZombiU, they were nice enough to let me play. I thought that game played very well, and I saw the use of another screen and how that would work.

I think their Pro Controller makes a lot of sense with the platform they’ve built. They are building a platform that is effectively a 360 when you think of graphical capability. Now they are really making an on-ramp for the back catalog of games that are on 360. It is easy for those games to move over the Wii U. They’ve moved the buttons around, and they’ve made a controller that feels familiar for 360 gamers, so I get why they are putting those pieces together. I would have loved to see Zelda or Metroid or some of my favorite Nintendo franchises, which I didn’t see.

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