Phil Spencer Talks About Releasing First-Party Games on Other Platforms

While for years one of the most important elements to decide which console should users buy to get the exclusive titles that we find on each, Microsoft, the company responsible for franchises such as Halo and Forza Motorsport, does not rule out that their first-party games will reach competitive platforms.


In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, made it clear that his new role at Microsoft is no longer to use “gaming to make Windows more successful,” but to reach players on other platforms. So, he does not rule out that at some point their first-party games could reach devices like the iPhone or PlayStation 4.

It is important to note that Spencer’s words do not mean that one day you will play Halo or Gears of War on PlayStation 4 or Nintendo Switch. What we are referring to is that the company is likely to keep its most iconic franchises as exclusive and simply let new titles or less important projects reach other platforms.

Recall that the above would not be unprecedented. A recent example is Minecraft, a game that was taken to Switch, Wii U, and 3DS since their rights belong to Microsoft. In addition, in 2005 the company allowed Rare and THQ to launch Banjo Pilot, a racing game with Banjo-Kazooie characters, as an exclusive for Game Boy Advance.

Microsoft took advantage to tell you that tomorrow, Tuesday, November 7, will be the official debut of Xbox One X. If you have been living under a rock for months, we inform you that it is the commercial name of Project Scorpio, a console that will have the power to offer 4K experiences at 60 frames rates per second.

What do you think of this possible Microsoft strategy? In what ways do you think the Xbox brand can reach more people? Tell us in the comments.