Exclusives Are ‘Not What Gaming Is About,’ Says Xbox’s Phil Spencer

Xbox top dog, Phil Spencer, has spoken out about the company’s plans for the future, and what it’s aiming for when it comes to exclusive games.

Though I loathe to bring up the so-called “console wars” in any way, shape or form, it’s pretty hard to deny that the PlayStation 4 has excelled when it comes to its exclusive games. From last-gen remasters like The Last of Us Remastered, to the absolute powerhouses that are God of War (2018) and Marvel’s Spider-Man, story-telling for the PlayStation has been second to none this generation.

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Will that continue with the next-gen of consoles, or is Xbox happy offering up higher specs and (arguably) less-enticing exclusives? Well, according to Spencer, gaming isn’t about exclusive titles.

Speaking with Gamesindustry.biz, the Xbox boss admitted that gaming is “bigger than any one device.”

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He said: “As a player, you are the centre of our strategy. Our device is not the centre of our strategy, our game is not the centre of the strategy. We want to enable you to play the games you want to play, with the friends you want to play with, on any device.”

“Gaming is about entertainment and community and diversion and learning new stories and new perspectives,” he added. “And I find it completely counter to what gaming is about to say that part of that is to lock people away from being able to experience those games.

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“Gaming is bigger than any one device, and that is something as an industry that we’ve embraced all up as we bring more and more players in. I think it’s vital to the role that gaming can play on the planet.”

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Spencer’s words are definitely true, but I’d still like to see more big Xbox exclusives than just Halo when the Xbox Series X lands! Still, it seems that with features like Game Pass, Microsoft is once again focusing on opening up gaming for more people.

Whatever the future holds, I’m ready!

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