Esports Industry - Esports News - February 6, 2024

Microsoft could bring Xbox games to PlayStation and Nintendo.

The gaming community has been abuzz recently with claims that Microsoft is planning to bring Xbox titles to PlayStation and Nintendo platforms. Several rumors have surfaced online all at once, with insiders pointing out that Microsoft will be unpacking its ‘multi-platform focus’ in the coming years. These claims have been responded to by Phil Spencer, who said he will be holding a business talk in the coming days to set the record straight. Many now believe that Xbox is switching to a non-exclusive route, publishing its core titles on competing platforms.

This is a departure from the norm and not good news for Xbox fans. The Xbox brand will inevitably be ‘hydrated’, especially if the platform’s first-party titles like Halo and Gears of War can launch on PlayStation 5 (and beyond). This means there is ‘no reason’ to own an Xbox console. But maybe that’s what Microsoft has in mind. It’s no big secret that the last two generations of games have been truly won by the Sony and PlayStation brands. Could we see the end of Xbox hardware?

Halo on PlayStation? desecration!

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It was recently revealed that the Halo series will soon become a series ‘for all players on all platforms’. This is a term found in a job listing for 343 Industries, the developer of the current Halo series and its most recent title, Halo Infinite. If Halo were to be ported to the PlayStation and Nintendo platforms, it would signal the ‘death’ of one of Xbox’s most powerful and prolific exclusives. There are also whispers that Microsoft will release games like Starfield, Indiana Jones, and Gears of War on the PlayStation platform.

On the one hand, it will create a nearly seamless, collaborative, borderless gaming community. On the other hand, it means investing in Xbox hardware is virtually pointless. Despite this, there are reports that Microsoft is still planning to release a new next-gen Xbox console. and This is the portable variant that the tech giant is looking to make a serious inroads into that particular market. Portable gaming has exploded in recent years, particularly with the release of Steam Deck, Asus ROG Ally, Lenovo Legion Go, and MSI Claw.

It’s worth emphasizing that this information is not all speculative. Recent datamining efforts have revealed that Hi-Fi Rush, which currently only exists on Xbox, will soon be ported to PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch.

Will other titles follow suit and appear on the PlayStation 5 platform? In a few years, will we see Starfield appear on PlayStation consoles around the world?

Very possible.

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