- Xbox will address rumors of its exclusive titles going cross-platform on the Official Xbox Podcast on February 15.
- The rumored strategy is speculated to be driven by struggling hardware sales and the cost of the Game Pass service.
- Fans are concerned that this potential shift may devalue Xbox consoles, but the extent of the new strategy is still unknown.
Xbox has announced that a special edition of the Official Xbox Podcast will air on Thursday, February 15 at 3 PM Eastern Time. During the podcast, Xbox will address recent rumors that many of its exclusive titles will be going cross-platform in the future.
The surprising Xbox rumors have made shockwaves throughout the gaming community over recent weeks, as titles like Starfield, Indiana Jones and the Great Circle, Hi-Fi Rush, and more are rumored to be making the jump to competing consoles like the PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch. Insiders speculated that the new strategy is due to Xbox’s struggling hardware sales and the massive price of upkeep for Xbox’s popular Game Pass subscription service. Xbox apparently hopes that the new cross-platform strategy will create a major new revenue stream for the platform, but it’s important to note that this is still speculation at this point. However, the speculation will soon be confirmed or denied when Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer reveals the company’s future later this week.
Ubisoft Comments on Xbox Multi-Platform Rumors
Ubisoft reflects on the recent influx of rumors suggesting Xbox is sacrificing game exclusives in a pivot toward multi-platform publishing.
In a tweet, Xbox confirmed its Official Xbox Podcast for Thursday, which will include president of Xbox Sarah Bond and head of Xbox Game Studios Matt Booty, in addition to Spencer. Spencer previously stated that this week’s update will share Xbox’s “vision for the future.” It seems highly likely that the rumors are true, but the extent of the new strategy is still unknown. Fans may only see a couple of Xbox exclusives or a long lineup of them going cross-platform. Some worry that the new strategy will significantly devalue Xbox consoles due to other platforms, like PlayStation, keeping their first-party titles exclusive. The rumored shift in strategy seemed drastic enough that some wondered whether Xbox would stop making consoles altogether. However, Spencer allegedly addressed this possibility during a recent company town hall meeting.
Xbox to Address Rumors of First-Party Titles Going Cross-Platform
- A special edition of the Official Xbox Podcast will air Thursday, February 15, at 3 PM Eastern Time.
- Spencer previously confirmed that the update will share Xbox’s “vision for the future.”
According to a leak, Spencer confirmed to employees that Xbox will continue making consoles in the future. It’s unclear whether this topic will also be addressed during this week’s Xbox podcast. Rumors surrounding the development of a next-gen Xbox have been spreading as well recently.
An insider claimed that the design of Xbox’s next-gen console has been assigned to Microsoft’s Surface team. This possibility lines up with other claims that the future generation of gaming devices will include two products, a handheld device and a more traditional console.
Xbox’s rumored handheld device followed rumors of a similar PlayStation device, both of which are likely some years from being released. It seems that the two companies’ next generation of gaming devices will place much more emphasis on portability and cloud gaming, a trend that is rapidly taking off.
Microsoft Xbox Series X
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