Phil Spencer announces an event next week with updates on Microsoft’s business strategy and does not deny the rumors that they are going to launch games on PS5 and Switch.
The hottest topic of conversation in the last 24 hours has been the possibility of Xbox games, which were believed to be exclusive to Microsoft’s console (and PC), being released on other consoles (PlayStation and Nintendo Switch).
During the last few hours, there have been statements from insiders and media such as Xbox Era, Tom Warren at The Verge, Andy Robinson from VGC, or Jeff Grubb from GiantBomb, stating that multiple Xbox games are being considered for release on PlayStation 5 and/or Nintendo Switch.
They talked about games like Hi-Fi Rush, Sea of Thieves, but also Starfield, Indiana Jones, Hellblade 2, Microsoft Flight Simulator or even Gears of War, one of the most emblematic exclusive series of Xbox since the days of Xbox 360.
Is it true? Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming, has broken his silence after a very intense day … and he hasn’t denied it.
“We are listening and we hear you. We have planned a business update event for next week, where we look forward to sharing more details with you about our vision for the future of Xbox. Stay tuned.”
His carefully chosen words to avoid any misinterpretation, simply schedule us for next week when Microsoft will give more details about their future vision for Xbox at an event.
Microsoft, on its way to becoming a third-party in video games?
The debate has been very intense on social media, as many see it as the first step for Microsoft to become a third-party company, like what happened to Sega, dedicated solely to selling games (and its services like Game Pass) on other platforms, be it PC, mobiles, TVs, and why not, Sony or Nintendo consoles.
Given the enormous discomfort that these rumors have caused in many Xbox brand fans, the fact that Phil Spencer did not deny it is quite significant.
It seems already a fact that Xbox games will be released on PS5 and Switch (or Switch 2) in the future, the question is which ones, when … and what will happen in the long term with Xbox consoles. It’s going to be a tough week…
Rumors suggest that Microsoft is not happy with the performance of Xbox, hardware sales (Xbox Series X and Series S consoles) are not picking up and pale in comparison to PS5 or Switch, and even though Game Pass subscribers rise, there simply isn’t enough people consuming their products to cover the high costs.
Last week they announced the layoffs of nearly two thousand people, a blow after the widespread optimism following the completion of the purchase of Activision Blizzard and celebrating a robust Xbox Developer Direct with games like Indiana Jones and the Great Circle… which are now slated to be released on PS5 next year.
Phil Spencer asks us to stay tuned for next week, when there will be an event to resolve all doubts about the future of Xbox and its games, which are getting closer to being released on PS5 and Switch.