Yesterday, a long interview conducted rounds between Kotaku and Phil Spencer that included some pretty random stuff (Series S can load games faster than Series X due to smaller scale textures?), But that̵7;s also the closest thing to Microsoft’s claim that yes, its Bethesda’s upcoming big games will be exclusive to the Xbox, not the PlayStation.
And this is probably the closest they are will be let’s say this, at least until the launch of the X series.
The breakdown of the exchange is that Kotaku asked Spencer if they could still recoup the $ 7.5 billion investment with huge games such as Elder Scrolls VI No sold on the PlayStation, which will no doubt move 100 million units of this future generation.
Spencer answered clearly, “Yes,” before explaining in detail:
“This agreement was not made to take away games from another player base. Nowhere in the documentation we collected was, “How do you keep other players from playing these games?” We want more people to be able to play games, and no less people to be able to go to games. But I’ll also say in the model – I just answer your question directly when I think about where people will play and the number of devices we had, and we have xCloud and PC and Game Pass and our console base , I don’t need to send these games to any platform other than the platforms we support to make the deal work for us. Whatever that means. “
So what does this really mean? Spencer says, to put it bluntly, that big games like Elder Scrolls VI and Starfield, and everything Bethesda does outside of existing deals like Deathloop, are likely to be exclusive to the Xbox.
But the definition of “exclusive for Xbox” at the moment means more than just a box. Microsoft is developing the Xbox, especially this generation, to represent an entire ecosystem that includes Game Pass and xCloud streaming. So in the future, the Xbox will be perceived less as a physical box and more as a whole ecosystem of a platform such as Netflix. As before, you will play your “Xbox exclusives” on real Xbox, as well as on PCs, laptops, tablets, phones, smart TVs and anything else you can control. Or ready to manage them.
By default, this doesn’t seem to include competing consoles such as the Nintendo Switch and PS5. I can maybe see Nintendo agrees to run Game Pass / xCloud on the Switch, but Spencer seems to be pointing out that there may be some issues with that. But Sony? Yes, I don’t think so. And so, by that definition, no, you won’t be able to play these huge Bethesda games on the PS5 in the future, and it looks like Microsoft thinks they can afford it.
And I mean, they can. Even if Microsoft abandons the Netflix model and spends more on content than it actually does, Microsoft is also one of the largest companies in the world and can afford to do similar things. They want Netflix to be this space, no matter what it costs, and they want to make Elder Scrolls and Starfield assets like Stranger Things and Cobra Kai for Netflix a motivating factor.
But then again, don’t expect Phil Spencer to give up things like “No, Elder Scrolls and Fallout and Starfield won’t be on PlayStation in the future.” This will have too much of an impact on the story of the console war, which Spencer says he hates, even if it is most likely an act to better position Microsoft in this market. It’s just business. And so, apparently, will continue to be something Bethesda games that hit other consoles, but I would absolutely hope that Microsoft would keep the biggest releases for the Xbox ecosystem so that they could at least try to match Sony and Nintendo on exclusive parity, which has been a major Xbox issue for three generations now.
We will learn more about all this after the launch of these new consoles, when the gloves will really come off. So far, this is the most we will hear on this issue.
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