Xbox to keep multi-platform course, Phil Spencer confirms

More Xbox games will come to other platforms

Microsoft pulled off what was probably its best showing during the annual summer gaming event season yet, presenting a Xbox Games Showcase filled to the brim with exciting titles and even a few hardware announcements. However, Xbox chief Phil Spencer soured the triumph a little bit – at least as far as Xbox fanatics are concerned. During a talk show appearance, Spencer said the current course of formerly Xbox-exclusive games coming to rival consoles will continue: “You are going to see more of our games on more platforms.”

Earlier this year, Microsoft brought four Xbox titles to PS5 and Nintendo Switch, among them Sea of Thieves and Hi-Fi Rush. Greeted with enthusiasm by owners of these consoles, the move has proved to be unpopular among Xbox fans, who fear that a lack of exclusives will eventually make the entire platform obsolete.

Spencer did not go into any detail on which games he was talking about, nor the conditions for these ports, i.e. whether he meant games launching on multiple platforms simultaneously or a variety of older titles getting brought to other consoles. 

Xbox rival Sony is currently playing with multi-platform launches as well, trying out simultaneous releases on PS5 and PC for live-service titles like Helldivers 2, but keeping its single-player titles as timed exclusives for its own console with PC ports down the line.

Freshly announced Bethesda shooter Doom: The Dark Ages will be coming to PC, Xbox Series X|S, and PS5 on Day 1, as was confirmed during the latest showcase, indicating that Microsoft won’t make the same strict differentiation between live-service and single-player releases. Black Ops 6, the next entry into Activision’s Call of Duty franchise, will launch on all platforms at the same time and with feature parity – that was one of the big promises Microsoft made during the Activision Blizzard acquisition.

The big draw into the Xbox ecosystem, Microsoft seems to hope, is the availability of all the games on Xbox Game Pass, allowing people to play them without making extra purchases – as was hinted at by Spencer, who emphasized people would have the option to “buy or subscribe.”

Marco Wutz


Marco Wutz is a writer from Parkstetten, Germany. He has a degree in Ancient History and a particular love for real-time and turn-based strategy games like StarCraft, Age of Empires, Total War, Age of Wonders, Crusader Kings, and Civilization as well as a soft spot for Genshin Impact and Honkai: Star Rail. He began covering StarCraft 2 as a writer in 2011 for the largest German community around the game and hosted a live tournament on a stage at gamescom 2014 before he went on to work for Bonjwa, one of the country's biggest Twitch channels. He branched out to write in English in 2015 by joining, the global center of the StarCraft scene run by Team Liquid, which was nominated as the Best Coverage Website of the Year at the Esports Industry Awards in 2017. He worked as a translator on The Crusader Stands Watch, a biography in memory of Dennis "INTERNETHULK" Hawelka, and provided live coverage of many StarCraft 2 events on the social channels of as well as DreamHack, the world's largest gaming festival. From there, he transitioned into writing about the games industry in general after his graduation, joining GLHF, a content agency specializing in video games coverage for media partners across the globe, in 2021. He has also written for NGL.ONE, kicker, ComputerBild, USA Today's ForTheWin, The Sun, Men's Journal, and Parade. Email: