As Phil Spencer confirmed a few days ago, Microsoft would like to talk about the Xbox division's new business strategy this week. This Monday evening, Microsoft announced a suitable podcast that will take place on Thursday.
After reports initially made the rounds that Microsoft had decided to pave the way for “Hi-Fi Rush” and “Sea of Thieves” to other platforms such as the PS5, the rumors gained momentum in the following days.
Suddenly there was even talk of PS5 ports of big titles like Bethesda's role-playing game “Starfield” or classic Xbox series like “Halo” and “Gears of War”. Even though various leakers have recently backtracked, it is still unclear what the Xbox division's new strategy will look like in the next few years.
A podcast that Microsoft announced this evening should provide clarity in this regard. If you want, you can follow the podcast in question live on YouTube or other platforms on Thursday, February 15, 2024 from 9 p.m. our time.
Apart from the fact that Phil Spencer, Sarah Bond and Matt Booty are the three most important people in the Xbox division, no further details about the podcast or its content were given.
Microsoft is apparently sticking to its own Xbox hardware
According to current reports, we can expect confirmation that Microsoft will stick to its own Xbox hardware despite the rumors of the last few weeks. None other than Xbox boss Phil Spencer is said to have confirmed this in an internal meeting.
“The company held an internal town hall meeting on Tuesday, where Spencer told employees that there were no plans to stop making consoles and that Xboxes would continue to be part of a strategy that includes multiple types of devices.” , reported the journalist Shannon Liao.
In addition, we should apparently also treat the rumors about PS5 ports of big titles like “Starfield” with the appropriate caution. At least that’s what the well-known leaker “NateTheHate” pointed out.
According to this, multiplatform releases from Microsoft can indeed be expected, but “Starfield” should be according to his information but not among the potential PS5 implementations.
Well-connected insider Tom Henderson recently commented critically on the rumors surrounding Microsoft's potential multiplatform strategy. He accused alleged leakers and insiders of deliberately creating hysteria with last week's rumors in order to capitalize on it in the form of clicks and reach.
“Make of it what you will. But talking to a few people over there they were [Xbox] very surprised at the extent of the rumors. Because from what I gathered, apart from Hi-Fi and Sea of Thieves, nothing was set in stone,” said Henderson.
We'll all be smarter by Thursday evening at the latest.