Xbox boss Phil Spencer has said he would like to see more game releases that aren’t tied to one specific platform, which in turn will open up more cross-play opportunities.
Speaking to Bloomberg, Spencer stated that platform exclusives are something we’ll all be seeing “less and less of” in the future, as he hopes for an industry that encourages people to feel safe and “no matter what device” they’re on. to play.
Spencer said he also wanted to see more cross-play opportunities in the market. “Maybe your household happens to buy an Xbox and I buy a PlayStation and our kids want to play together and they can’t because we bought the wrong piece of plastic to plug into our television,” he explained.
When thinking of cross-play, Spencer said that’s why he believed less exclusive games would be “good for this industry” in the “long run.”
He continued: “Maybe in the short term there are people in some companies who don’t like it. But I think if we get over the threshold and see where this industry can continue to grow, it [will prove] out to be true.”
This all comes after Microsoft’s allegations against PlayStation, with the company claiming that Sony intentionally “blocked” games from making their way into Game Pass.
On the other hand, Sony claimed that Activision’s Call of Duty was a franchise with no rival. In short, the PlayStation maker suggested, among other things, that including Call of Duty in Microsoft’s Game Pass service would hamper its competitiveness.
As for this particular franchise, Microsoft has said that Call of Duty will remain a multi-platform release, at least for now, even though it’s in the process of buying Activision.
Spencer has previously spoken out about his views on the “console wars” and asked fans not to “arm” games for “cross-platform battles.”
“I look to anyone brave enough to create something, bring it out… let their peers, the industry, players play and analyze and talk about what they’re doing,” Spencer said earlier this year. “Let’s celebrate the fact that there are so many great games from so many creators and realize that this is such a foundation for where this industry is going.”
Meanwhile, on Microsoft’s proposal to buy Activision Blizzard in a record-breaking $68.7 billion deal, Spencer said he sees positive progress being made.
“I feel good about the progress we have made,” he said. “I’ve never done a $70 billion deal before, so I don’t know what my trust means… [but] I will say that the discussions we’ve had seem positive.”