Report: Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Confirms Microsoft’s Continuation in the Console Business

Microsoft is allegedly set to continue its console production, contrary to rumors of a multi-platform release model for first-party games.


Darryn Bonthuys

Twitter: @Darrangedd on February 12, 2024 at 6:07AM PST

Contrary to rumors of Microsoft distributing a variety of first-party games to rival platforms, Xbox leader Phil Spencer has reportedly reassured staff that there are no plans to abandon console production. Microsoft intends to persist in its console business, says reporter Shannon Liao, adding that the company’s strategy will involve Xbox hardware and “multiple” types of devices.

“At an internal Tuesday town hall, Spencer stated to staff that there are no plans to cease console production, and that Xboxes will remain part of a strategy involving multiple kinds of devices,” Liao penned.

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This lines up with previous comments from Spencer, where he mentioned Microsoft’s aim to expand the reach of its Game Pass subscription service.

The last couple of weeks have seen rumors circulating that Xbox games like Hi-Fi Rush, Starfield, Gears of War, and the upcoming Indiana Jones and the Great Circle could be headed to PS5 after it launches first on Xbox Series X|S and PC. This would mark a radical departure from Xbox’s strategy over the last few years to keep its first-party games exclusively on its consoles and PC, and last week, Spencer announced that there will be an update on Xbox’s future plans this week.

“We’re listening and we hear you,” Spencer wrote on X/Twitter. “We’ve been planning a business update event for next week, where we look forward to sharing more details with you about our vision for the future of Xbox. Stay tuned.”

Jeff Grubb of GameSpot sister site Giant Bomb recently mentioned that Microsoft originally planned to reveal its new game-release strategy at the end of February, although it appears this has been moved up to this week.

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