The Xbox One is losing yet another exclusive. Crytek recently sent out word to any and everyone who would be willing to post the news that the former Xbox One exclusive, Ryse: Son of Rome, will be coming to PC and that it will support 4K resolution.
The game will be co-published by Deep Silver and offer users the ability to play Ryse above the 1600 x 900p standard offered on the Xbox One version of the game, which launched last year as an inaugural launch title for Microsoft's third generation console, which conveniently has the word “One” in it.
Carl Jones, Director of Business Development at Crytek commented about the news, saying...
“We are bringing the Ryse experience to PC, with 4K resolution support,” ... “4K gaming is another leap in graphics quality for PC gamers and Ryse is the perfect showcase for what’s now possible in high-end PC games. We’ve given our team the opportunity to show what CRYENGINE can really achieve, without compromising quality, thanks to the incredible hardware available now to PC gamers. Ryse will be a benchmark PC graphics showcase this year and probably for a long time in future. Our community asked for a Ryse PC version, and we have the means and technology to deliver this title with the highest quality possible."
This is yet another exclusive from the Xbox One that is now being made available on the PC. Previously Dead Rising 3 was announced by Capcom as coming to the PC as well. Just following that, Microsoft even announced that Kinect 2.0 support would be made available on Windows, meaning that if anyone wanted gesture and voice controls via Kinect, they could easily do so without having to purchase an Xbox One.
Some may not see this as much of a big deal, but it does show a lack of confidence in the hardware, as well as a lack of commitment to the potentiality of the Xbox One. Essentially, many of the console's big exclusives are being made available on another platform where gamers will be able to play them at higher resolutions and with better graphics, all for a cheaper price.
In a way, it appears to undermine the Xbox One's software library. If the console can't keep or maintain exclusivity, a lot of gamers may just wait for the titles to end up on PC. However, Microsoft has come forward to say that this will not be an issue with the upcoming Halo: The Master Chief Collection. For now, the game will stay exclusive to the Xbox One.
Ryse: Son of Rome on PC will arrive with some brand new features as well as all the previously released DLC. This means that gamers will get the Colosseum Pack that contains new character skins and maps, the Mars’ Chosen Pack that also contains new character skins and maps, as well as the Survival map pack, the Morituri map pack, and the Dual of the Fates pack. All of this will be contained in the package at no extra cost.
Ryse: Son of Rome will be available on PC this fall. You can learn more by paying a visit to the official Crytek website.