Microsoft is set to reveal updates on the state of the Xbox business and the possibility of Xbox exclusives going multiplatform on Thursday, Feb. 15. The reveal will come in the form of a podcast featuring Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer, Xbox president Sarah Bond, and head of Xbox Game Studios Matt Booty. This special edition of the Official Xbox Podcast will be available to watch on YouTube or listen to wherever podcasts are available, going live on Thursday at 3 p.m. EST/12 p.m. PST.
Last week, Spencer hinted at concrete details being shared during the event, acknowledging the concerns of the gaming community about rumors and reports about various Xbox-exclusive games possibly making their way to PlayStation and Nintendo consoles. Despite this potential for multiplatform releases, there are still plans for a hardware component in the future of Xbox, as Spencer assured Microsoft employees that there are no plans to stop making Xbox consoles altogether. Instead, there seems to be a strategy that involves “multiple kinds of devices.”
If franchises like Halo, Gears of War, Forza, and Fable do indeed go to PlayStation and Nintendo consoles, it would mark a significant shift from Xbox’s past. More details on Microsoft’s vision for the future of Xbox are expected to be shared during Thursday’s event.