Microsoft expected to continue making Xbox consoles, major announcement coming Thursday

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Rumor mill: Recent reports have indicated that Microsoft plans to bring some of its Xbox exclusive games to rival platforms, and with that speculation has arisen about whether the company will remain in the console business. A podcast later this week will clarify Microsoft's current strategy, which reportedly still involves Xbox consoles.

Microsoft held a town hall meeting on Tuesday, where Xbox boss Phil Spencer assured employees that the company plans to continue making consoles. Microsoft will reveal details about the future of Xbox in a Thursday episode of the Official Xbox Podcast.

The company is attempting to quell a firestorm of speculation ignited by rumors that some first-party Xbox titles will launch on PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch. Many hardcore fans, feeling betrayed by the news, argue that a console cannot exist without exclusive games. However, Microsoft might be considering a shift away from the traditional model that has dominated the console space for decades.

January reports suggested that Tango Gameworks's Hi-Fi Rush and Rare's Sea of Thieves might be released on non-Xbox consoles. Later rumors indicated that more high-profile exclusives, such as Bethesda's Starfield or Machine Games' upcoming Indiana Jones and the Great Circle, could follow suit.

Sources recently told The Verge that Hi-Fi Rush and Pentiment are set to become multi-platform soon, followed by Sea of Thieves later this year. These three titles could be good choices to launch a multi-platform strategy for several reasons. All of them are over a year old, with Sea of Thieves having been released in 2018.

Moreover, Hi-Fi Rush and Pentiment, both critically acclaimed games, were never intended to achieve massive sales and would likely perform well on the Switch (or possibly the Switch 2). Meanwhile, Microsoft is allegedly considering multi-platform releases for bigger flagships like Starfield and Indiana Jones.

Whether Microsoft's announcements this week will include details on future hardware remains to be seen. However, Spencer's recent like of a tweet mentioning rumors about the company planning a portable system has piqued interest from eagle-eyed observers.

Leaked documents from the Microsoft versus FTC trial reveal that the company has previously discussed a handheld and more recent rumors suggest that the Surface division is designing the next generation of Xbox, which will feature two models – a console and a handheld. Sony might also be planning a new handheld. Although the likelihood of one or both companies entering the portable space seems slim, the recent surge in handheld gaming PCs has likely encouraged them to explore the possibility.

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I always thought games that are console exclusive was an absolute stupid marketing ploy. Spending $500 on a console for 1 or 2 games that look fun. Theres too much competition in the gaming industry now to try and appeal consumers towards a console for exclusivity.

Anyone who whining about this. You probably don't really like the console you bought. Lesson learned.
 
AMC is expected to continue making cars too. Xbox has sold, frankly, terribly for 3 of its 4 generations. Only the 360 sold really well. Given how poorly it's "exclusives" sell, the XBOX division has got to be balancing on the edge of profitability.
I was looking forward to playing Hi-Fi Rush, but I don't have an Xbox, so this is great news!
It's on PC and runs on potatos......
I always thought games that are console exclusive was an absolute stupid marketing ploy. Spending $500 on a console for 1 or 2 games that look fun. Theres too much competition in the gaming industry now to try and appeal consumers towards a console for exclusivity.

Anyone who whining about this. You probably don't really like the console you bought. Lesson learned.
The Xbox is a prime example of what happens to a company that follows your line of thinking. Great for the consumer, sure, but ATTOCIOUS for the console. Why should more then 1 console exist if there are no exclusives? Hell, why should any, when the PC exists?
 
If I was microsoft I would still make an xbox console, its sort of a pillar in gaming now, BUT, I'd look towards the switch and steamdeck instead of the playstation, both the switch and deck have proved gamers are perfectly content with average systems and playing at 720/1080p so I'd just make a cheapo xbox that allows people to still game but push gamepass and the pc side if they want the cutting edge visuals.
 
I’d like a new official Xbox handheld that I can use to play my Xbox games locally instead of using streaming. If it’s an extension to the console using wifi then I’m not interested.

I play my Xbox and PC and I don’t feel like I’m missing out on all those exclusives I’m told are better on the PlayStation. It’s a bit hard to stomach the whole exclusives thing anyway from an ex destiny players standpoint as Sony paid Bungie money for years just to keep content (entire strike maps and lots of armor and weapons) from releasing on the Xbox for years. When the content did get released it was irrelevant as it was lower level content or not connected to the current story any more. It was the worst example of paid timed exclusivity as it was in an online service game.

Microsoft can release their games on multiple platforms. A single console manufacturer is a bad idea. Consoles using crossplay is a good idea. Sony were the slowest to agree to crossplay by various accounts in the media etc. They don’t need to be the only manufacturer of consoles. I trust them less than I trust Microsoft.
 
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