Microsoft will not release any Xbox Series X exclusive games for at least a year

Microsoft have just revealed a game changing detail for launch of Xbox Series X: It’s not going to have any exclusive games from Microsoft, and won’t do for at least a year, possible two.

“As our content comes out over the next year, two years, all of our games, sort of like PC, will play up and down that family of devices,” explained Matt Booty, head of Xbox Game Studio. “We want to make sure that if someone invests in Xbox between now and [Series X] that they feel that they made a good investment and that we’re committed to them with content.”


In other words, every game Microsoft release themselves from now until at least the end of 2021 will play on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and xCloud.

“Our approach is to pick one or two IP that we’re going to focus on and make sure that they’re there at the launch of the console, taking advantage of all the features. And for us that’s going to be Halo Infinite, which is a big opportunity,” adds Matt.

While that is good news for current Xbox One owners the lack of exclusives could make the Series X less attractive, why buy brand new console to play the new Halo when you can play it on the one you already have?

“That means it’s also unlikely that there will be much pressure, from Microsoft at least, on third-party publishers to turn out hardware-exclusive titles for the relatively small day-one audience of Xbox Series X owners,” notes trade publication MCV. Sony have already announced their first PS5 console exclusive, Godfall, and rumours suggest there are plenty more on the way.

Microsoft have spent millions buying up studios include Hellblade developers Ninja Theory, but it seems the cheque book has been shut for the moment. “I think that we hit a point where we had gone through a phase of adding new studios,” said Matt, “And that’s a lot of work to make sure that we get the studios onboarded correctly, that we make sure that everyone feels secure.”

Microsoft’s very patchy record for releasing exclusive games should be a thing of the past now they have fifteen studios, when asked if Microsoft studios would be releasing a steady stream of games Matt replied “The capacity to deliver, say, a game every three or four months, which is our goal.”

Source: MCV

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  1. So when they’ve been doing things right lately (Gamepass seems to be a decent enough offering) and the rumours of the Series X being more powerful than the PS5, they manage to successfully snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by basically announcing “there’s no point in buying one any time soon”?

    Or maybe they want to drag out the XBone life for a bit longer and make some more money after it’s disastrous launch?

  2. I think it makes a good deal of sense to me. Making games exclusive to XSX would have a degree of artificiality to it when resolution, frame rate and ray tracing seem to be the main steps forward that the next generation is making. You also have to factor in that all of Microsoft’s games will be launching day and date on PC, so they have to be designed with scalability in mind.

    That could be an advantage for Sony’s marketing, but think back to the start of last gen and none of the exclusives had concepts that couldn’t work on PS3/360, something made glaringly obvious when all the third party games were cross-gen.

    • If they’ve got to run on both consoles, it’ll probably end up with the game running “adequately” on one and looking nicer on the other.

      It may well be the same situation on a lot of PS5 games too. They’ll run adequately on the PS4 and look nicer on the PS5. Especially anything that’s not a PS4/5 exclusive.

      But MS saying that is near enough encouraging 3rd party developers to do the same, while the PS5 gets exclusives that don’t have to run on a PS4 as well.

      And bringing PC into it isn’t quite as simple as it sounds. It’s a vague term covering a whole range of hardware with minimum and recommended requirements. How well does a 5 year old PC with cheap at the time hardware run modern games?

      It’s a terrible decision from MS. And a waste of a lot of the extra power the next gen will have.

      • I agree it’s not the best decision from MS.
        At the start of this gen when there wasn’t many games out on PS4 that I wanted I thought about getting a Xbox 1 for Forza but instead I would get more use out of a new graphics card for my PC and get any Xbox game for that instead.
        This time round there’s the new flight sim that I want but I’m not considering the XSX as it’ll be available on PC too.

    • With all due respect, how is this anything other than a bad thing? The only way this is anything but a disaster for Microsoft is because their marketing has blurred the message. Pretty much the main reason to buy one console over another is the exclusive games; very few people would have bought a Switch (especially after the Wii U) if it didn’t play the new Zelda and Mario games. The PS3 bounced back after a disasterous start because they created such a strong line of exclusive games. If the new Xbox won’t have exclusive games for years, what is the point in buying one? Especially when their main competitor will likely have several great exclusive titles? Maybe some Xbox fans will stick with their brand, but why would a PS4 owner bother switching to Xbox when there is no advantage to the console? And since PCs will be able to play all of the eventual exclusives, there REALLY isn’t much of a reason to buy one.

      Well done to Microsoft for buying some new studios but not having any exclusives will be a major problem for early adopters this holiday season.

  3. There are quite a lot of PS4s out there, i expect the PS5 launch library will include a lot of cross-gen games too. But a year sounds like a long time to wait for something to qualify your buying into the next console gen.

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