On Thursday, Feb. 15, Microsoft will reveal updates on the state of the Xbox business and the possibility of Xbox exclusives going multiplatform. The discussion will be led by Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer, Xbox president Sarah Bond, and head of Xbox Game Studios Matt Booty in a special edition of the Official Xbox Podcast. This event will take place at 3 p.m. EST/12 p.m. PST and can be watched on YouTube or listened to wherever podcasts are available.
During last week’s episode, Spencer hinted at concrete details being shared about various Xbox-exclusive games possibly making their way to PlayStation and Nintendo consoles. This has sparked rumors and reports about the future of gaming on these platforms. However, despite this potential for multiplatform releases, the future of Xbox is expected to include a hardware component. Spencer assured Microsoft employees that there are no plans to stop making Xbox consoles, hinting at a strategy that involves “multiple kinds of devices.”
If franchises like Halo, Gears of War, Forza, and Fable are indeed going to PlayStation and Nintendo consoles, it would mark a significant shift from Xbox’s past. More details on the company’s vision for the future of Xbox are expected to be shared during this Thursday event.