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Bethesda’s Starfield is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated Xbox releases of 2023, but there’s also been a bit of pre-release buzz surrounding the game’s exclusivity within the Xbox ecosystem.
In a new interview with the official Xbox YouTube channel, Microsoft Gaming CEO and Head of Xbox Phil Spencer clarified how exclusivity would be decided on a case-by-case basis for all titles, including Starfield. Ultimately, it depends on the game and the series in question.
He further mentioned that it was just part of the “marketing beats” for consoles, as a way to sell systems and stay competitive. What was also reiterated is that Xbox No it will remove existing versions from platforms like PlayStation and continue to support those communities as it has done with games like Elder Scrolls Online, Minecraft, and Fallout 76.
I don’t think I ever said Starfield wouldn’t be exclusive to Xbox…I think what I said was we’ll look at that on a case-by-case basis. I said we wouldn’t remove games that are on other platforms, so we will continue to support gaming communities… Elder Scrolls Online has been doing annual releases and content releases, these have been on PlayStation… we updated Fallout 76 on all platforms at the same time…
“Exclusive titles in the console space are part of the business, all owners of the platform do it, it’s marketing beats for the platform. Our competitors have a lot of exclusive games, so when we release new games (on Xbox, PC, and cloud)… some of them won’t be available on other competing platforms. But there’s no example at Bethesda where we’re pulling anything from the PlayStation community… (or) we don’t keep updating them… I think people are playing more games on more devices, that’s exactly where games are going.
Xbox has mentioned several times since Starfield revealed how exclusive the game is to Xbox and PC. Legendary Bethesda game developer Todd Howard even reconfirmed this late last year, noting that the company has traditionally been a PC developer first and then moved to Xbox where it often ships games.” exclusive”. “.
Phil also mentioned in the Xbox On interview that Xbox won’t be creating exclusive content regarding Call of Duty in the future, noting that certain skins and modes, for example, won’t be locked to the platform.
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