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After weeks of rumors, Xbox confirmed it'll open up some of its exclusives to PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch.

Justin Carter, Contributing Editor

February 15, 2024

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At a Glance

  • Phil Spencer thinks the age of exclusives may come to an end soon, and wants Xbox to get ahead of that.

It's official: Microsoft is taking several Xbox games multiplatform. On the Xbox podcast, studio head Phil Spencer confirmed four system exclusives will be coming to non-Xbox and PC platforms.

Recent reports claimed titles like Hi-Fi Rush and Sea of Thieves would go to PlayStation and Switch. Spencer didn't name those titles, but he did suggest they may be candidates.

He also confirmed neither Starfield or Indiana Jones & the Red Circle would be among that quartet.

Per Spencer, the games going multiplatform would be a year (or more) old at this point. Two of them will be "community-driven," and the other pair are titles he described as "smaller games."

The latter two were "never really meant to be built as platform exclusives," he explained. But they've "realized their full potential" on Xbox and PC, so this helps them grow and potentially pave a way for sequels.

Spencer stressed that this move wouldn't change Xbox's "fundamental" strategy. But it was more reflective of a larger industry push from system exclusives, which he believes will be "smaller and smaller" within the next decade.

About the Author(s)

Justin Carter

Contributing Editor, GameDeveloper.com

A Kansas City, MO native, Justin Carter has written for numerous sites including IGN, Polygon, and SyFy Wire. In addition to Game Developer, his writing can be found at io9 over on Gizmodo. Don't ask him about how much gum he's had, because the answer will be more than he's willing to admit.

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