Microsoft to share Xbox Business update on February 15, reportedly to reveal game releases on PS5, Switch


Microsoft will share an update on Xbox business later this week, the company confirmed on Monday after weeks of reports and rumors of its first-party games coming to rival consoles. The Xbox parent will reveal its plans for the platform on February 15 at 12pm PT (February 16, 1.30pm IST in India) in a special edition of the Official Xbox Podcast, where Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer, Xbox president Sarah Bond and Xbox games will be included. Studios head Matt Booty will share details about the future Xbox roadmap. This confirmation comes after Spencer promised last Tuesday that Microsoft would share its vision for “the future of Xbox” next week.

Xbox's business update comes after multiple reports about the possibility of Xbox exclusive titles like Hi-Fi Rush and Sea of ​​Thieves launching on competing platforms from Sony and Nintendo. The list of first-party games coming to PS5 also includes Bethesda RPG Starfield and its recently announced Indiana Jones title. A report from The Verge claimed that a wave of exclusive games on Xbox could be reaching PS5 and Nintendo Switch.

Microsoft hasn't confirmed this change in strategy, but its upcoming business update will reveal details about its plans to launch first-party games outside the Xbox ecosystem. Microsoft is indeed preparing to announce select exclusive games for the PS5 and Nintendo Switch, The Verge reports, citing sources familiar with the company's plans. According to the latest report, Hi-Fi Rush and Pentiment will likely be the first two games to launch on Sony and Nintendo's consoles, with a Sea of ​​Thieves release planned for later this year. The report adds that other first-party titles on Xbox and PC are also being evaluated for possible launch on rival platforms.

Last week, Xbox chief Spencer appeared to calm the Xbox community upset by rumors of Xbox games launching on other platforms, but he stopped short of denying the reports. “We're listening and we hear you,” Spencer said in her X post last Tuesday. “We are 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.”

Xbox's business plans will likely be detailed on the Xbox Podcast on Thursday, but if the announcements reflect recent reports, it will represent an industry-changing shift in Microsoft's strategy. The company has reiterated its commitment to exclusive titles on the Xbox platform several times in the past, in addition to its focus on enhancing Xbox Game Pass.

Xbox's potential change in direction regarding first-party titles has not come without internal resistance. XboxEra's report earlier this month, which claimed that Starfield could be making its way to PS5, said that the company's senior leadership had had “fierce” internal discussions on the matter, including bringing Xbox games to PlayStation. Not everyone was on board with the possibility of release. Or Nintendo Switch.

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