Microsoft says that the company won’t stop making Xbox consoles amid the turmoil in the gaming division. According to Phil Spencer, although the future of Xbox remains unclear, the hardware aspect of the brand isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Phil Spencer reportedly addressed Microsoft employees during an internal town hall meeting last week. The meeting took place shortly after the news broke that Microsoft was looking at porting current and future first-party games onto the PlayStation platform.
The reports also claimed that Microsoft wasn’t happy with the existing Xbox division after revenue was at its lowest (disregarding the Activision Blizzard segment). Microsoft has deemed Xbox Game Pass as “unsustainable” and the company is reportedly looking at ways to get finances back on track.
Keep in mind that the company recently let go of close to 2,000 workers amid the recent Activision Blizzard takeover. Microsoft is looking at Sony’s fan base to help get the brand back on track. This means releasing games such as Sea of Thieves, Halo, Gears of War and other first-party titles on the platform.
Of course, one of the biggest questions fans have had is whether or not Microsoft will abandon the Xbox hardware segment. The strategy shift seems to point Microsoft in a more “publisher” position than making consoles which is why fans are worried about the future of the Xbox console.
Phil Spencer claims that Xbox has no plans to stop making consoles. He says that Xbox hardware is “a big part of the strategy”. He also says part of this strategy is working on “multiple kinds of devices”.
We don’t know what “multiple kinds of devices are”. However, last year an entire Xbox portfolio leak revealed a redesigned disc-less Xbox Series X console and a new improved Xbox controller with haptic feedback. The disc-less Xbox Series X console aligns with new information that suggests Microsoft has completely shut down its physical games division as it focuses entirely on digital content.
Microsoft is expected to share a “business update” this week where the company will detail the “vision for the future of Xbox”. We haven’t had any update as to when this announcement will be made.