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No Xbox One games drought after launch, says Spencer - "I haven't even mentioned when Halo is coming"

"Really on a month by month basis, you're going to have something you can go out and play."

Already weary of Xbox One's launch line-up, and wondering about what the future will bring? Good grief, hold your horses. You don't even have the console itself yet. Learn to kick back and smell the roses. Oh go on, if you must - here are a few words of reassurance from Microsoft Studios head Phil Spencer, who suggests that there won't be a "dry" period following the initial glut of Xbox One titles.

"I was in Europe last week visiting Lionhead, I was at Rare, [Max: The Curse of Brotherhood developer] PressPlay up in Copenhagen talking about and playing things that are going to come out in the next year, maybe a little later," Spencer told Polygon recently. "The depth of the portfolio next year is pretty incredible."

The next high point is probably spring 2014, during which period you can expect Titanfall, Watch Dogs, Eidos Montreal's Thief reboot and (possibly) the Destiny beta. There's also Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare, which I personally think is Kind Of OK, despite prevailing apathy about the concept.


"I think back to the Xbox 360 launch, I don't think we really had those mega franchises that were landing in winter to spring that we're seeing out of third parties in that same timeframe for Xbox One," Spencer continued.

If spring 2014 looks promising, winter 2014 should be even bigger. "Rolling into the next holiday, we haven't announced everything that's coming yet. But that lineup from first party also looks strong. I don't mind saying that on 360, I think we had a gap. We had our launch lineup ... and a couple Japanese games, but in that first half of the following year, we were a little dry from a first-party standpoint.

"But I look at the next 18 to 24 months, and really on a month by month basis, you're going to have something you can go out and play," Spencer went on. "It's not really a portfolio plan that way, but when I look at the way the portfolio is laying out ... I think people are going to be happy with the lineup that's coming. And I haven't even mentioned when Halo is coming or some of the big mega franchises."

In particular, Insomniac's little-understood Sunset Overdrive (below) appears to be shaping up well. "We're playing a full section of the game and feeling really good about the open world gameplay that they've put together," Spencer observed. "I like the investment around new IP at the launch of a new console."

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Here are my own personal top five reasons to upgrade to an Xbox One. Reasons six and seven are probably Titanfall and Fable Legends.