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Four first-party Microsoft games will launch on Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch, the company confirmed late Thursday after weeks of speculation about exclusive titles launching on competing platforms. The announcement came from Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer on the Official Xbox Podcast. Phil Spencer further revealed the reasons behind Xbox’s business decisions and confirmed that the next-generation Xbox console is in development. Microsoft has yet to reveal the four Xbox exclusives coming to PS5 and Nintendo Switch, but The Verge reports that the games will be Hi-Fi Rush, Pentiment, Sea of ​​Thieves, and Grounded.

Addressing rumors about the future of Microsoft first-party titles and Xbox exclusives head-on, Spencer confirmed that contrary to reports, Triple-A Bethesda releases like Starfield and the upcoming Indiana Jones and Great Circle will remain Xbox and PC exclusives. “We decided to bring four games to different consoles, and only four games,” the Xbox chief said on the podcast. He confirmed that Xbox would not fundamentally change its exclusive strategy, explaining its decision to move four unnamed games to competing consoles. “We think this is an exciting time to use what other platforms have to help franchises grow,” he said.

Spencer did not name the four Xbox exclusive titles that will launch on PS5 and Nintendo Switch, but The Verge’s report, citing sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans, says they will be Hi-Fi Rush, Pentiment, Sea of ​​the Thieves, and Grounded. claimed. . The first three of these were previously reported to be coming to Sony and Nintendo’s platforms as well. There are no specific release dates or release windows for these games, but Spencer said each developer has announcement plans “not too far away.”

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Hi-Fi Rush is rumored to be coming to PS5 and Nintendo Switch.
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However, the head of Xbox detailed the process of selecting the four still confirmed games for the multi-platform transition. The company considered games that were released a year ago and have been on Xbox and PC for some time. Two of the selected games are community-driven and the other two are smaller games that were not created to be exclusive to the platform, Spencer said. “Now that they’ve realized the potential on Xbox and PC, we see an opportunity to leverage other platforms as a place to drive more business value from those games so we can invest in future iterations or sequels of those games. Or other games in our portfolio,” Spencer said. “And we can grow our business using other platforms that support it without hurting Xbox. We will do that.”

However, Spencer warned players on competing platforms that Microsoft’s change in strategy doesn’t mean all or any Xbox exclusives will come to PS5 and Nintendo Switch in the future. Aside from the four titles already confirmed, no other games are currently being considered for multi-platform release.

In a wide-ranging podcast, Xbox Game Studios head Matt Booty reiterated that Game Pass will only be available on Xbox for PC. Xbox president Sarah Bond also announced that Activision-Blizzard games will soon be coming to Xbox Game Pass, starting with Diablo IV on March 28th. Microsoft acquired Call of Duty maker Activision-Blizzard for $69 billion late last year after a long period of regulation. It is a fight with the US Federal Trade Commission and the UK Competition and Markets Authority. Bond also confirmed that Xbox Game Pass subscribers have reached 34 million.

Reports earlier this month that Microsoft’s first-party games were coming to PS5 and Nintendo Switch had the Xbox community on edge, with many questioning the platform’s future. Major exclusive games like the Bethesda RPG Starfield and the recently announced Indiana Jones game are reportedly being considered for a PS5 release.

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