After Microsoft took over the game company Bethesda for 7,5 billion US dollars, the fearful question remains whether PlayStation users will go away empty-handed in the future. Now the Xbox boss Phil Spencer commented on it in an interview.


The fact that Microsoft swallowed the game company Bethesda shortly before the introduction of a new generation of consoles has resulted in a shift in power across the industry. Not least because PlayStation fans feared that future Bethesda titles could appear exclusively or at least exclusively for the Microsoft family.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer makes a statement

Xbox boss Phil Spencer was drawn to his testimony. When asked whether the $ 7,5 billion deal would pay off if games like “The Elder Scrolls 6” were only used by Microsoft's own platforms, he confidently agreed in an interview with Kotaku. Spencer mentioned "xCloud, PC, Game Pass and our own consoles" to highlight the diversity of our own portfolio. Nevertheless, he has made it clear that he considers the topic to be a pure play of ideas.

However, Spencer did not want to define himself in terms of the company's strategy. It seems to be a matter of case-by-case exclusivity decisions: headlines for multiple platforms could appear - which of course means direct rivals PlayStation.

But it is also conceivable that titles will only stay in the Xbox environment. Mixed forms are also conceivable, according to the “Kotaku” editorial team - for example, to offer a title that would be included in the Xbox Game Pass on Sony's console at full price. What is certain is that Microsoft Fair Play proves that these exclusive options remain intact when it comes to games that were announced exclusively for PC and PS5 ahead of the Bethesda deal. This applies, for example, to the shooter “Deathloop” and the action adventure “Ghostwire Tokyo”. All in all, the statements of Microsoft ambassador Phil Spencer remain so divided that PlayStation gamers are not sure whether their future favorite games from the Bethesda catalog (“Fallout”, “The Elder Scrolls”, “Doom”) will also appear PS5 will appear. It is exciting, for example, on behalf of “The Elder Scrolls 6” and the dark science fiction role-playing game “Starfield”.

There is at least one announcement trailer for Starfield:

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But if you look at another Microsoft studio purchase, participants can hope that after Mojang acquired the “Minecraft” brand, the iconic game remained accessible to other platforms. When asked about Bethesda titles for the Nintendo Switch, Phil Spencer said he would prefer a "complete Xbox ecosystem" like Game Pass or Xbox Live on the Switch rather than releasing individual titles. What is certain is that, as with ps5, exclusive titles will be available for the Xbox Series X / S. Among other things, a “Halo” epic of the next generation “Infinite” is expected, a new “Fable” adventure and an adaptation of “Flight Simulator”.

Whatever the issue of the exclusive titles, there was another signal from the interview. Especially for those who are worried that the next generation of consoles will come in time. “I believe demand will exceed supply,” said Phil Spencer. Availability would likely depend on external factors related to the corona situation. However, the market share of Microsoft and Sony consoles would depend significantly on production and supply chains. It would be the first time in the history of console warfare that the race is not determined by the hardware, the game portfolio or the brand affinity, but the virus.


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