A fresh set of rumours has suggested that Bethesda’s popular space-faring RPG, Starfield, might soon be released for the PlayStation 5. The game was banned in the UAE on the XBox store but was available on PC through Steam.
According to XboxERA’s source, “Microsoft are planning a launch for Starfield on PlayStation 5 post the release of the already announced “Shattered Space” expansion for Xbox and PC, which is on target to arrive at some point later this year.” In addition to that, the source also revealed that Microsoft have made additional investment into PlayStation 5 dev kits to support the development and porting process of its exclusive games.
Adding fuel to the fire is another report from The Verge, which reveals that Microsoft is “weighing up which titles will remain exclusive and others that will appear on Switch or PS5 in the future.” It seems that Indiana Jones and the Great Circle, the new first-person action-adventure from MachineGames, is part of this new plan and may either be released on the PS5 alongside Xbox and PC platforms or come out sometime after that.
This comes hot on the heels of yet another rumour, which states that Xbox is planning to port Sea of Thieves and Hi-Fi Rush to the Nintendo Switch.
Does Xbox Plan to Go Multi-Platform?
If there is one gap in Xbox’s strategy for its platform, it is the lack of clear messaging. The confusion over which games will remain exclusive to the Xbox Series X/S and which will also be released for the PS5 or the Nintendo Switch has never been clear from the get-go. The only time Xbox were clear about the exclusivity was with Starfield and Elder Scrolls 6, where they stated the games would remain completely exclusive. But for its newer games, such as Indiana Jones or even Arkane’s Blade, the question remains unanswered.
However, the new set of rumours might suggest that Xbox could consider going completely multi-platform in order to propel its brand further and entice users to its Xbox GamePass service. And it would make total sense if they chose to do this – Xbox Series X/S hasn’t exactly set the sales figures on fire and appears to be lagging significantly behind the PlayStation 5 this generation. In 2023, the PS5 outsold the Xbox Series X/S by 3:1, selling over 22.5m units compared to Xbox’s paltry sum of 7.5m.
To me, at least, the messaging is quite clear. Xbox may no longer be in the hardware/platform business at all. The pivot to being a mega-publisher, especially with Activision Blizzard in tow, along with its GamePass service, could mean that Xbox might exit the console market entirely after the next generation of consoles (or maybe even sooner than that?). Regardless, whatever Xbox is cooking as of now, they need to come out and state it clearly. Keeping its entire fan base confused won’t cut it at this point.
Mufaddal Fakhruddin has been writing about games and technology for the past 15 years. He has lost count as to how many reviews he has written over the years, but he is sure headphone reviews make up at least 70% of that.