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Xbox clarifies its future in an Xbox Business that gives hope about its games… and Game Pass

Xbox has silenced everyone with a Xox Business where they have clarified their future policy, which is not far from what we already knew, but more focused and with more room for hope.

Xbox clarifies its future in an Xbox Business that gives hope about its games… and Game Pass
Álvaro Arbonés

Álvaro Arbonés

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We have had a very eventful week in regards to video games. Many speculations about what the future of Microsoft would be. At least in regards to video games. Because Xbox, although it didn’t seem like it was going anywhere, due to several recent leaks, it seemed like they could make the leap to become a third party, publishing games for other platforms and leaving their own behind. Something that Phil Spencer, CEO of Xbox, has come out to clarify in the Xbox Business on February 15th. Leaving us with some very interesting insights about the future of the company.

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The most important news is that Xbox is not going to change its first-party policy. They are only going to loosen it up a bit. This means that they are going to release four titles on other platforms, such as Nintendo Switch or PlayStation 5, of which they have clarified that two are games that will benefit from reaching a larger audience and the other two that can grow their communities. Although they have not clarified which games these are, although it is easy to guess which ones, they wanted to clarify that they are not Starfield or Indiana Jones. These two games will remain exclusive and, at least for now, only the four games in the pipeline will appear on other platforms.

This leads to another big question mark. Game Pass and its situation. Phil Spencer has clarified that Game Pass will not be available on other platforms and will remain exclusive to the Xbox ecosystem. In this regard, he emphasized that all first-party games will continue to be released on Game Pass on day one and, in fact, Activision Blizzard games will be gradually integrated into the service starting next month. The first of them being Diablo 4, which will be released on March 28th.

In addition, he also took the opportunity to deny one of the most insidious rumors that came out during the last week: that this would be the last generation of Xbox consoles. During this podcast, it has been confirmed that there will be new Xbox consoles, that they are working on new hardware to play in different ways than before, and that they are focused on making the next generational leap the biggest we have ever seen in the history of video games. A promise that sounds excessively ambitious, but they still have years to address it. They have even announced that we can expect announcements of new hardware as early as next Christmas.

To close this communication, they wanted to emphasize the present of Xbox. What awaits us in 2024. Asserting that there are ten new exclusive games planned for 2024, Spencer clarified that more will be discussed about all of this in the Xbox showcase next June. Therefore, despite everything, it seems that the news of Xbox’s death was tremendously exaggerated.

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Álvaro Arbonés

Álvaro Arbonés

Cultural journalist and writer with a special interest in audiovisuals and everything that can be played. I'm not here to talk about my books, but you can always ask me about them if you're curious.

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