They’re probably not smiling now (Picture: AP Images for Xbox)
The rumours continue about the future of Xbox, with some sources claiming the change in strategy is not as big as some suggest.
Oh to be a fly on the wall at Xbox HQ at the moment… There are so many rumours now, suggesting that Microsoft is set to make some, or perhaps most, of its exclusive games multiformat that it’s impossible to believe this is all smoke and no fire. Not least because Xbox boss Phil Spencer is to host a ‘business update event’ next week.
We still don’t know when exactly and so naturally the rumours have continued, fuelled, so it’s believed, by execs at Xbox who are against the idea of going multiformat.
What’s interesting though is the suggestion that even most people at Microsoft don’t know what’s going on, with The Verge’s Tom Warren, stating: ‘I just wanna make it very clear that most folks in Xbox don’t know the full details of what Microsoft will discuss next week. So people that are backtracking on certain stuff never really knew either.’
Speaking on ResetEra, Warren didn’t add any more to his comment but it does further the narrative that there’s not only disagreement about the future of Xbox at Microsoft, but genuine confusion as well.
This was evident even last year, when one exec started talking about a ‘change in strategy’ only for Phil Spencer to appear to contradict his comments only a few days later.
Some have speculated that the apparent change in policy – with some rumours suggesting that Microsoft may remove the day one promise for Game Pass – means that Spencer’s position could be in danger, but that’s probably not something we’re going to find out about next week.
In the absence of any official information there’s been a continued flood of rumours, although many of them insist that not only will Xbox not stop making its own hardware but that it already has new consoles in development that could appear as early as 2026.
Starfield seems to be the one game everyone agrees is coming to PS5 (Picture: Microsoft)
Others have simply reinforced the existing rumours, with insider SneakersSO commenting: ‘I have yet to hear a title named whose platform status is incorrect thus far. And on a long enough timeline, most titles you can think of will come over.’
Answering a question, he indicated that this does include Halo, adding that ‘Anyone who thinks that multiplatform Xbox is off the table is living in a fantasy.’
Some fans have hoped that since there seems to be such disagreement internally at Microsoft, the whole multiformat plan could still be abanonded, but no serious source so far has made that claim.
The most sceptical so far is NateTheHate, who has a proven track record with rumours and states that ‘People are making wild assumptions that every game is going multiplatform – which is not the case. Nor is Microsoft going to exit the hardware industry.’
‘It’s far from all their games. Microsoft will have exclusives. People need to stop pushing the narrative that Xbox will not house exclusives,’ he added on ResetEra.
It is, as you can see, a mess of conflicting rumours and vague predictions, but this does seem to be in part because Microsoft themselves hasn’t decided what they’re doing yet.
That is going to make next week’s event potentially very dangerous, if Microsoft promises things that it later doesn’t follow through on, and explains why, at the moment, they’re nervous to even announce when it is.
Halo Infinite – it might come to PS5 but probably not soon (pic: Microsoft)
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