Xbox Plans Release of Four Video Game Titles on External Platforms, CEO Says

Microsoft's Xbox is set to launch four video game titles on external platforms, revealed gaming CEO Phil Spencer during a podcast on Thursday. The move is aimed at broadening the company's reach among gamers following its $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

While Spencer didn't provide specific details about the titles, he mentioned that they have been available to Xbox players for at least a year. However, he clarified that the games being released on other platforms do not include "Starfield" or the upcoming "Indiana Jones" title.

Spencer emphasized a shift in the industry away from games exclusive to a single hardware platform over the next five to ten years. Microsoft's acquisition of Activision was seen as a strategic move to bolster its position in the video game market, enabling it to better compete with industry leader Sony. Sony recently revised down its forecast for PlayStation 5 sales for the fiscal year ending March.

Last month, Microsoft announced plans to lay off 1,900 employees at Activision Blizzard and Xbox, representing about 8% of the overall Microsoft Gaming division.

Spencer's comments on game exclusivity coincided with remarks from Sony's chief financial officer, who suggested on a post-earnings call that the company could improve operating profit by bringing first-party games to other platforms.

According to an Xbox blog, "Diablo IV," the first Activision Blizzard game post-acquisition, will be available to Xbox's Game Pass subscribers from March 28.

Despite the growth of multi-game subscription services such as Sony's PlayStation Plus and Xbox Game Pass, research firm NewZoo anticipates a slowdown in this segment's growth this year.

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