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The future of Xbox is uncertain, but Phil Spencer has reportedly told employees Microsoft will continue to make consoles

We'll be hearing from the Xbox head next week about the future of the console.

As many wonder if Microsoft will be exiting the console market, Phil Spencer has apparently reassured employees it intends to keep making Xboxes.

While it's all still a bit up in the air, the future of PlayStation and Nintendo is looking a bit greener, as there have been various reports of games like Hi-Fi Rush, Starfield, and Indiana Jones and the Great Circle - all currently Xbox exclusives - might be coming to the rival platforms. It's looking pretty likely Hi-Fi Rush will soon be on PS5 and Switch, with Starfield and Indy presumably coming to just PS5, but all of this has worried Xbox fans a bit. Spencer did address the speculation earlier this week, saying that there will be some kind of business update event coming next week which will share "more details" about "our vision for the future of Xbox."

Now, Inverse's head of gaming Shannon Liao, shared in her own Substack newsletter that Xbox recently held an internal townhall where Spencer informed employees that the company has no plans to stop making consoles, with Xboxes continuing to be part of its strategy that includes various kinds of devices. That obviously doesn't shed much light on what the overall strategy is at this point in time, though with Xbox's general "play anywhere" attitude to gaming - meaning, on Xbox, PC, your phone, through the cloud - it's not exactly that surprising that the company is thinking about bringing its tentpole games to other platforms.

Obviously if this change does take place, it will mark a major shift for the console landscape. Even Halo might be coming to other platforms, though the idea of a game that feels so quintessentially Xbox coming to something like PlayStation does feel like something that won't go down well with Xbox fans. Personally, I think the less console exclusives the better, but for now we'll just have to wait to hear from Spencer and co next week.

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Oisin is a non-binary writer based in the UK with bylines in Polygon, Fanbyte, Uppercut, Rock Paper Shotgun, GameSpot, and many more besides.