A new interview with Head of Xbox Phil Spencer brings good news for the PC crowd. Spencer directly clarifies that even when next-gen comes, all of the company’s games will launch on the PC as well. That includes both Steam and the Microsoft Store.
We had a chat with the Head of Xbox Phil Spencer about all things exclusivity, monetisation and game development: https://t.co/6jVRFFEHuU #Xbox #XboxSeriesX #XboxGamePass #PowerYourDreams pic.twitter.com/we2cPfMKwX
— Gamereactor UK (@GamereactorUK) October 26, 2020
The interview done with Gamereactor goes into a wide range of topics and covers the entire spectrum of Xbox. So, we highly recommend reading it to get a better grasp of the future for Microsoft’s gaming division.
Every new console generation brings a lot of change with it. And it usually goes well beyond the confines of new hardware alone. Now, that Xbox acquired – or rather is in the final stages of it – ZeniMax Media, many question marks started popping up.
[…] but if we are shipping a first-party game it’s coming to PC. If we are shipping a first-party game on PC it’s coming to Steam and our own store. Like we built an expectation from our customers. – Phil Spencer
Will future Bethesda games be multiplatform? Are PS5 users destined to miss out on the next Elder Scrolls? And what’s the stance in regard to the Nintendo Switch? The amount of confusion was so high that Spencer just recently put an end to all it by explaining that his company does not have to release any games on other platforms than their own.
Naturally, the one gaming group that’s usually sidelined in the console wars is PC gaming. Thanks to Phil Spencer, the large PC crowd has been enjoying an unprecedented amount of love by Xbox. Not only do Xbox Game Studios games launch on PC, they even come to Steam.
Thankfully, we learn that this partnership will continue going forward. PC gamers can rest assured, knowing that they’ll play all of the Xbox’s massive first-party line-up on their preferred gaming platform. One caveat is that the timing might not be day-and-date for every single game.
But in case you are a Nintendo Switch owner, things sure don’t look that peachy for you. When asked about Switch ports in the future, Spencer showed his disdain for the enthusiastic crowd of Switch users who want to see ports for everything by saying […] I don’t think it’s healthy where for every first-party game that comes out I have to get the question, is that coming to Switch or is that coming to Switch […].
It sure sounds like Nintendo will have to bank on their own first-party prowess more than ever.