July 3, 2022

Could Microsoft de-rail Sony & Nintendo with new Xbox?

Microsoft has been lagging behind a bit this generation when it comes to exclusive games. There have been some highpoints, but in the last few years, games like Crackdown 3 and Sea of Thieves haven’t perhaps been the console sellers that Microsoft was probably hoping for.

Not the big hitter it was promised to be…

That said, credit where it’s due, Sea of Thieves has transformed into a pretty exceptional title in its own right since launch.

What started off lackluster has evolved into something tremendously fun.

Despite that, some of the few good exclusives they do own, have been ported to Switch.

Both Cuphead and Ori and the Blind Forest are some of the best games of this console generation on Xbox, so it’s good to see them getting more exposure.

Nearly every indie developer knows the power of the Switch when it comes to sales, so these games are a perfect fit for the hybrid console. Things could be set to change, however, as Microsoft has decided to start focussing on their own platforms instead.

“We have no plans to further expand our exclusive first-party games to other consoles.”

Microsoft

In some ways, that does make sense with Microsoft’s new Xbox Scarlett console on the horizon.

“As these new studios transitioned in, we were aware of some existing commitments to other platforms and will honor them”

Microsoft

which means that The Outer Worlds will still be multi-platform, despite Microsoft now owning Obsidian. They also still support Minecraft across every platform known to humankind, so that’s nice.

Given that Microsoft has been on a shopping spree recently, this could well mean that they’re locking down some impressive titles.

With the likes of Obsidian, Ninja Theory, and Double Fine now in their roster, they don’t just have heavy hitters like Halo, but also the potential for more interesting slightly smaller titles.

It’s hardly surprising Microsoft want to start focussing on their own platforms.

The next generation of consoles is highly likely to swing back in Microsoft’s favour, just based on how the pendulum has swung between Sony and Microsoft each generation.

They’ll no doubt announce a huge amount of exclusive titles before the official release of Xbox Scarlett at the end of next year.

This will be a way of them trying to recapture the glory of the Xbox 360 days, and while games like Halo Infinite will play a part of that, that’s just not enough anymore.

Will Halo: Infinite be enough to draw in the big crowds?

Of course, if you own a PC, then this is all fairly irrelevant anyway, as they release nearly all of their games on that platform anyway.

PC Game Pass

Plus, with the new PC Game Pass, you’ll be able to play most of these as they release for the small subscription fee. It’s all a bit odd really, but next year should be a truly interesting one for the industry.

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