Microsoft’s exclusive games may not be so exclusive in the near future.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal (via ResetEra), Xbox boss Phil Spencer discussed his recent promotion to executive vice president. Spencer’s promotion reflects not just his own success, but a shift of views within the company. In particular, the new role will give Spencer the authority to reach out to gamers on other platforms, as opposed to solely using “gaming to make Windows more successful.”
In other words, this means that Microsoft exclusive properties—such as Halo, Gears of War, and Forza—could one day be playable on other consoles.
Of course, there’s a small catch. According to the interview, Microsoft aims to grow its Xbox Live membership, and so it’s likely that this service, should it happen, would require players to sign in to Xbox Live—even if they’re playing on a PlayStation 4.
In a way, though, this is just an extension of what Microsoft is already doing. Earlier this year, the company spearheaded the Minecraft Better Together update, which allowed users across a huge variety of platforms to play together with an Xbox Live membership. Of course, Sony refused to join in on that deal, so it’s worth keeping in mind that the future of Xbox-exclusive game series relies not just on Microsoft, but on the other companies involved.
Spencer didn’t have any official plans to speak of, but we’ll be sure to keep an eye out for future updates.
Source: The Wall Street Journal