A lot of rumors have been circulating ever since word got out that Microsoft was considering sharing its Xbox-exclusive titles with other systems like Sony’s PlayStation. This would make for a huge move for the company, especially after all of the legal blows dealt back and forth during its acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Although the company is considering this, not all of the related rumors are true.
One of those rumors was that Microsoft was considering getting out of the console wars. Potentially giving the win to others as it focuses on other strategies vs future development of the Xbox console brand. This too would be a huge move, but not a smart one. Thankfully, Microsoft seems to agree.
Phil Spencer (CEO of Microsoft Gaming) called employees together to discuss this and squash whatever rumors were circulating. Bringing employees up-to-date with current plans and what is or isn’t true.
The idea that Microsoft was walking away from the Xbox consoles was absolutely, just a rumor. Phil explained to Microsoft staff that the company is still invested in the future development of the consoles. That it is just looking at a multi-device ecosystem for its titles. More information will be coming from the company in the next week or so, explaining exactly what it has in mind (the official public announcement).
Arguments of which console is better will live on with future generations as the company has too strong of a position to give up now. It originally disrupted a world dominated by Sony and Nintendo and proved that it could create a flagship ecosystem that was strong enough to challenge the biggest companies in the market. Something others have tried many times since, but none with as much influence as Microsoft has had over the years.