Xbox Series X will not have Microsoft-developed exclusives on launch
In a bold move, the upcoming Xbox Series X will not boast any exclusives until at least a year after launch, says Matt Booty – Head of Microsoft Studios.
Instead, the games that will not be available on the PlayStation 5 will be released on the Xbox One and Series X. One such example is Halo Infinite, a flagship series for Microsoft.
Although, a title in the Halo franchise has not launched alongside a console in more than 15 years – something that is destined to change at the end of this year.
This alone could be enough to attract those seeking a high-powered, intensive gaming with the latest instalment to the series. It also ensures people who are unsure of purchasing the next generation machine can still pick up a copy.
However, the current iteration of the console war has by far and large been dominated by Sony, which undermines the decision even more.
Releasing titles on the current generation is likely to cause people to think twice before committing to the Series X, which will be pricey upon launch.
This does not mean a third-party could not make an exclusive, it will be solely Microsoft not developing a game which isn’t accessible to all of its user base.
Speaking with MCV to illuminate on the decision, Booty said: “We want to make sure that if someone invests in Xbox between now and (Series X) that they feel that they made a good investment and that we’re committed to them with content.”
The move could possibly signal a change in the status quo for Microsoft, which now seems increasingly keen to market itself as something more than a console for every generation.
This slightly leans into how it handles video games between Xbox and PC, which for the most part can be played on either platform.
Once again though, Sony obliterated its rival in this generation and the new, cautious approach could backfire on Microsoft if it isn’t careful.
At the same time, given its sales have paled in comparison to its number one opposition, it could prove to be a fruitful endeavour in the long run.
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