Feb 15, 2024

Xbox, Nintendo or PlayStation: does it still matter?

Four video games - and the firm was frustratingly careful not to name them - will be opened up to alternative platforms for the first time, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said. In a recent earnings call, interim gaming president Hiroki Totoki said that he wanted to put more PlayStation games onto other platforms. "The key reason Microsoft has been pursuing a more progressive multi-platform strategy with its games content and services since early in the Xbox One cycle is because it was unable to build on the relative success of the Xbox 360 era and take market share from Sony, and latterly, Nintendo post-the launch of the Switch," says analyst Piers Harding-Rolls from Ampere. As for the games themselves, Microsoft's preferred gateway is via Games Pass. It's still good news for those making games which are on the Games Pass, like the UK-based publisher No More Robots.

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