Microsoft wants Bethesda games to arrive on Xbox first. The ongoing acquisition of Zenimax Media, the parent company of developers like Bethesda Softworks, still keeps fans of big franchises like Elder Scrolls, Fallout or Doom in suspense. After the many speculations about the possible exclusivity of their games for Xbox, the latest comments from Xbox’s CFO, Tim Stuart, have shaken up the debate.
- Steam will support PS5 DualSense and Xbox Series X controllers
- Microsoft ensures that Xbox Series X and S will use the full capabilities of RDNA 2
- Xbox Series X will be compatible with Xbox One peripherals
According to the information shared, the Xbox member said some quite specific words during the Jefferies Interactive Entertainment conference, making it clear that any content they decide to keep as non-exclusive for the Microsoft ecosystem, will have other important nuances such as arrival privilege and special optimization on their devices.
“What we’ll do in the long run is we don’t have intentions of just pulling all of Bethesda content out of Sony or Nintendo or otherwise. But what we want is we want that content, in the long run, to be either first or better or best or pick your differentiated experience, on our platforms. We will want Bethesda content to show up the best as — on our platforms.”
As expected from the beginning after the announcement of this acquisition, it seems like Microsoft will use Bethesda’s games to reinforce the line of its Xbox Game Pass subscription service, and therefore, the current lack of exclusive titles against Sony.
Microsoft wants Bethesda games to arrive on Xbox first. For his part, Phil Spencer, the well-known head of Xbox, has revealed that Bethesda’s games will only be exclusive to Xbox hardware as the case may be, a statement that is not quite concise. The games will not become completely exclusive like in Playstation but they will be exclusive for a period of time.