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Xbox makes major announcement as exclusive set for PS5, Switch

Richard Lee Breslin

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Xbox makes major announcement as exclusive set for PS5, Switch

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It’s set to be a huge week in the coming days not only for the Xbox brand but also for the video game industry as a whole with the likes of PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch set to land some major exclusives.

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In the past, Microsoft has made it no secret that it wants to launch its Xbox Game Pass service on more platforms than just PC, Xbox and mobile devices. Back in 2020, Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer outlined his desire to bring the subscription service to PlayStation and Nintendo. A few weeks ago, that would have been unthinkable but when taking into account recent rumours, that scenario is looking to be more likely than ever.

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There were rumours that Microsoft is set to leave the console market and focus on video game releases, as SEGA did in the 2000s. However, other rumours since that time have contradicted reports and it’s suggested that Microsoft will not only continue to produce consoles but it may very well have a new one currently in the works. Those rumours forced Phil Spencer to announce that the future of Xbox will be addressed this Thursday.

It’s also been speculated that Xbox console exclusives will be headed to PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch and it seems that some of those titles will be those published by Bethesda. As reported by The Verge, the likes of Sea of Thieves and Hi-Fi Rush are apparently the first titles to make the leap. What’s more, it’s even suggested that Starfield and the upcoming Indiana Jones and the Great Circle might follow suit. The latter two I would imagine would be released on PlayStation 5 only but I could be wrong.

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It would certainly make sense for Bethesda titles to be amongst the first to become multiformat. After all, Bethesda had been a multiplatform publisher/developer for decades before Microsoft acquired its parent company ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion a few years ago. Another console exclusive that has been mentioned to arrive on rival platforms is not one from Bethesda but is instead Pentiment from Obsidian Entertainment, also a Microsoft-owned studio.

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Of course, we should take all unconfirmed rumours with a pinch of salt until proven otherwise. That being said, hopefully, everything will be made clear this coming Thursday when Xbox makes its expected major announcement.

Topics: Xbox, Xbox Game Pass, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, Microsoft, PC, Nintendo, Nintendo Switch, Sony, PlayStation, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5

Richard Lee Breslin
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