Xbox head says the company can afford not to release conditional Elder Scrolls VI on PlayStation

Xbox head says the company can afford not to release conditional Elder Scrolls VI on PlayStation

Resource Kotaku on the eve of the release of the next generation consoles took a long interview with the head of the Xbox Phil Spencer (Phil Spencer). He told a lot of interesting and important things.

And we’ll start with the most sensitive issue – buying Bethesda. As you know, Microsoft has announced that it will release games from studios owned by ZeniMax Media (parent company of Bethesda) on Xbox and PC, and regarding other platforms, decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Unfortunately, the journalist did not ask the question directly, and Spencer answered it appropriately, but it is still important.

When asked if the $ 7.5 billion investment could be recouped if you didn’t sell the Elder Scrolls VI on PlayStation, the Xbox chief said yes.

Yes. I don’t want to worry about this. This deal was not made to take games away from other players. The documentation we wrote did not say anywhere that we would not allow other players to play these games. We want more people to be able to play games, not less. But in theory – I’m just answering directly to your question – when I think about where people are going to play and the number of devices we had, and this is xCloud, PC, Game Pass and our console base, I You don’t need to release these games on any platform other than the platforms we support for the deal to work for us. Whatever that means.

So what do we have? On the one hand, Spencer bluntly said that the Xbox and Microsoft are not faced with the task of restricting gamers in access to games related to Bethesda (and not only). That is, apparently, the speech is about the fact that the same conditional Elder Scrolls VI will be released on the PlayStation. On the other hand, Spencer said that the company can easily afford not to release these games on competitors’ platforms, and financially will not suffer much from this.

But of course, the head of the Xbox was talking about more than that. For example, he was asked a question regarding the demand for the Xbox Series S and Series X, as well as comparing sales to the PlayStation 5.

I think we will sell every console we can ship (meaning the Christmas season). I think the demand will exceed the supply of pre-orders. For us and PlayStation, I think the manufacturing supply chain will determine market share more than anything else. And then I think from generation to generation we expect price to really matter, and that you will see the Series S sell more.

And this is also interesting, because the head of the Xbox believes that Series S will be more popular in the medium term than Series X!

Spencer was also asked about the limited storage space in the new consoles. As it turned out, in some cases, developers of already released games will optimize their projects to make them smaller. For example, Sea Of Thieves for Xbox is now 20 GB less. Spencer confirmed that Microsoft will promote this option for internal studios’ games so that buyers of new consoles do not worry about free space. And the head of the Xbox said that on new consoles, you can easily run games for old consoles from an external hard drive, since these projects will not benefit from a fast internal SSD.

Spencer also confirmed the company’s intention to implement the xCloud service on the Xbox One console, which means that these consoles will be able to play games for the Xbox Series X / S. But when this will be implemented is unclear.

Xbox head says the company can afford not to release conditional Elder Scrolls VI on PlayStation

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