Spencer: More Game Testing Coming for Preview Members; Explains Why Minecraft Story Mode is on PS4 and PS3

on December 19, 2014 6:49 PM

Today Xbox One preview members got early access to the Halo 5: Guardians today, and according to Xbox division head Phil Spencer, that’s going to become a more common occurrence, as he explained on Twitter.

Having Preview members help us test launches will be more common, good learning for us.

Just like OS updates, preview members help us find things before we go broader, appreciate the help.

In addition to that, Spencer also explained why the newly announced Minecraft: Story Mode is going to be on PlayStation platforms despite the fact that the franchise is now owned by Microsoft.

Honestly talks started prior to us owning, doesn’t mean we wouldn’t ship on PS given MC ships on PS but this was pre-XBOX.

It’ll definitely be interesting to see if Minecraft will continue to remain multiplatform even in the future, but for now PlayStation gamers seem to be covered. In the meanwhile, the idea of having preview members test launches before scaling up definitely seems to be a good way to avoid the problems we’ve seen with online games in the past few months.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.