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Microsoft Might Ditch Console Exclusivity, Bring Xbox Games to PlayStation, Nintendo Consoles

Microsoft is reportedly set to announce a major development that could help end the console wars.

Microsoft Studios
Credit: Microsoft

According to reports from The Verge and XboxEra, the software giant is considering bringing select Xbox-exclusive games, including those published by Bethesda, to rival consoles.


There's been rumours, for example, that Microsoft is bringing Hi-Fi Rush and Sea of Thieves to both the PS5 and the Nintendo Switch. What's more, it was also reported that the company is launching Bethesda's Starfield, last year's flagship exclusive, to the PS5 later this year. Microsoft is said to have acquired PS5 dev kits to port its games to Sony's console.


Microsoft bought ZeniMax, the gaming giant that owns Bethesda, in 2020. After the landmark deal, Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer said platform availability of the games developed by companies under ZeniMax in other consoles would be decided on a case-by-case basis. He also said that Starfield, specifically, would only be available on Xbox, PC and Game Pass. That appears to be changing now, going by the new reports.


Indiana Jones and the Great Circle. Credit: Bethesda Softworks
Indiana Jones and the Great Circle. Credit: Bethesda Softworks

Indiana Jones and the Great Circle, a game that's supposedly slated to release sometime in December 2024, could also hit the PS5, though it'll arrive a few months after it arrives on PC, Xbox and Game Pass.


Apart from the aforementioned games, there's also been recent rumblings that the Gears of War franchise might also launch on PlayStation.


Minecraft Dungeons, a game published by Microsoft's Xbox Game Studios, is already available on PlayStation and Switch. If the reports are true, more games could join it in the years to come. Microsoft previously announced that as part of its 10-year deal to launch Call of Duty games on Nintendo Consoles, it'll bring other Xbox games to the Switch.


These reports could be official as early as next week since Microsoft Xbox is planning to hold a business event, where it plans to share updates about its games. "We've been planning 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," Phil Spencer on X.

 
  • Microsoft is reportedly considering bringing select Xbox-exclusive games, including those published by Bethesda, to rival consoles.

  • Hi-Fi Rush and Sea of Thieves, which are currently exclusive to PC, Xbox and Game Pass, could hit both the PS5 and the Nintendo Switch in the near future.

  • These reports could be official as early as next week since Microsoft Xbox is planning to hold a business event, where it plans to share updates about its games.

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