Future Bethesda Games Don’t Need To Be On PS5, Says Xbox’s Phil Spencer

Last month Microsoft announced the acquisition of ZeniMax Media and its subsidiaries, including Doom, The Elder Scrolls, and Fallout publisher Bethesda. While Microsoft hasn’t detailed its release plans for Bethesda games in the future, Xbox’s Phil Spencer says that the price of the deal isn’t forcing any decisions.

The acquisition cost Microsoft $7.5 billion and is expected to close soon, but Microsoft has said that existing exclusivity deals for games like Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo on the PlayStation 5 will not be changed. The future of Bethesda titles is less certain, however, with Microsoft previously stating that it would determine release platforms for games on a “case-by-case” basis.

Spencer, speaking to Kotaku, didn’t elaborate on that stance, but did mention that Microsoft has no obligation to release games on platforms it doesn’t control for the financial aspect of the deal to make sense.

“[W]e have xCloud and PC and Game

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Why Xbox Head Phil Spencer Believes Xbox Series S Will Eventually Outsell Series X

KEY POINTS

  • Microsoft’s Phil Spencer believes the Xbox Series S’s price will help it beat Xbox Series X in the long run
  • Spencer thinks both PS5 and Xbox Series X will fly off shelves at launch
  • Both the Xbox Series X and Series S will launch on Nov. 10

Microsoft executive vice-president for gaming Phil Spencer believes that the all-digital Xbox Series S will sell more units than the more powerful Xbox Series X over the course of the next generation.

Spencer told Kotaku that he expects the Xbox Series X, with all of its bells and whistles, more power, 1TB of storage, 4k resolution, 16GB of RAM, and priced at $499, to be the bigger hit when both are launched on Nov. 10.

Since the Xbox Series X is what Microsoft has been pushing and is the kind of machine that ushers in a new era of gaming, Spencer

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Phil Spencer thinks Xbox can recoup $7.5 billion Bethesda deal with software exclusives

There’s a good chance you won’t be playing Elder Scrolls 6 on PlayStation 5.

Xbox has been making big moves lately. The console manufacturer has been scooping up studios, bolstering its in-house game development teams. Its latest acquisition of ZeniMax, the parent company of Bethesda, has led to a lot of questions in the industry. Will Xbox be releasing Bethesda titles on competitors’ consoles and is it feasible to even recoup the massive price tag attached to the purchase?

In a recent interview with Stephen Totilo of Kotaku, Head of Xbox’s Phil Spencer revealed that he believes Xbox can recoup the cost of the $7.5 billion acquisition without releasing Bethesda games on PlayStation.

Bethesda’s titles are coming to Xbox Game Pass now that Xbox owns its parent company, ZeniMax.

To Totilo’s question of, “Is it possible to recoup a $US7.5 ($11) billion investment if you don’t sell Elder

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Future Bethesda Titles Don’t Need To Be On PS5, Says Xbox’s Phil Spencer

Last month Microsoft announced the acquisition of ZeniMax Media and its subsidiaries, including Doom, The Elder Scrolls, and Fallout publisher Bethesda. While Microsoft hasn’t detailed its release plans for Bethesda titles in the future, Xbox’s Phil Spencer says that the price of the deal isn’t forcing any decisions.

The acquisition cost Microsoft $7.5 billion and is expected to close soon, but Microsoft has said that existing exclusivity deals for games like Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo on the PlayStation 5 will not be changed. The future of Bethesda titles is less certain, however, with Microsoft previously stating that it would determine release platforms for games on a “case-by-case” basis.

Spencer, speaking to Kotaku, didn’t elaborate on that stance, but did mention that Microsoft has no obligation to release games on platforms it doesn’t control for the financial aspect of the deal to make sense.

“[W]e have xCloud and PC and Game

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