Xbox boss Phil Spencer says console exclusives are “something we’re just going to see less and less of.” Spencer spoke in some detail about games being multiplatform and how that will drive the industry forward, in addition to talking about the progress made with its Activision Blizzard acquisition.
In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Spencer spoke about the need to move away from relying on console exclusivity to sell a “piece of plastic that you plug into your television”, firmly believing that multiplatform releases will be the way the industry progresses. It also benefits consumers at the end of the day as it means players won’t have to purchase multiple systems to play anticipated games.
Spencer explained his thoughts on console exclusivity, the challenges posed by moving away from it and what it means for the future:
“Maybe you happen in your household 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.
We really love to be able to bring more players in reducing friction, making people feel safe, secure when they’re playing, allowing them to find their friends, play with their friends, regardless of what device — I think in the long run that is good for this industry.
And maybe in the short run, there’s some people in some companies that don’t love it. But I think as we get over the hump and see where this industry can continue to grow, it proves out to be true.”
Despite the massive $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Spencer previously confirmed that Microsoft had no intention to make Call of Duty an Xbox exclusive and would continue to keep the franchise on PlayStation platforms. On that note, Spencer also provided a small update on the acquisition’s progress, stating “I will say the discussions we’ve been having seem positive.”