Xbox fans respond to Microsoft’s cross-platform rumors by selling their consoles – A rumor circulated among Xbox community earlier this week indicating Microsoft’s plans to release its Xbox exclusive games on other platforms like PlayStation and Nintendo. This has made Xbox fans furious and they have gone to various lengths to showcase their displeasure.
Xbox fans respond to Microsoft’s cross-platform rumors by selling their consoles
On Feb. 5, many sources within Microsoft revealed that Starfield might be released for PlayStation 5. This news added fuel to Xbox fans’ fury as there were already rumors circulating about Xbox exclusive titles like Hi-Fi Rush and Sea of Thieves going cross-platform earlier. A cryptic tweet by Xbox head Phil Spencer stated the company is planning a business update for next week regarding the vision of the future of Xbox.
Annnnnnd it’s done, bye bye Series X.
They don’t accept the storage device at GameStop sadly so I have a literal paperweight now, but I got UFC 5 for my PS5 and $300 worth of steam cards. So long Xbox, it was a good run pic.twitter.com/reXKdH8eua
— Yung Kiryu (@yungkiryu) February 5, 2024
Since this tweet came out, the mood has worsened among the Xbox community and there has been a huge backlash from users. Many Xbox players have started selling their Series S and X consoles in protest against Microsoft going third-party. Some are even posting on X/Twitter to showcase their resentment.
With many Xbox exclusives like the Halo Franchise and Starfield rumored to go cross-platform, Xbox players state that this potential loss of exclusivity will make Xbox consoles lose value. Many users have started selling their consoles before Phil Spencer’s business update next week. They feel it will help them recoup some of the financial loss. “Gotta sell it before it’s not worth a pair of socks,” one Xbox user stated.
Apart from the drastic move of selling their Xbox consoles, many users have opted for a much lighter form of protest—cancelling their Game Pass subscriptions. They have posted screenshots of their Game Pass cancellation on X/Twitter.
Xbox gamers are cancelling their Gamepass subscription in droves after the confirmation of Microsoft going 3rd party
Will Xbox come back from this or is it Game Over? pic.twitter.com/BuxermLv6X
— Karim Jovian (@KJovian) February 5, 2024
While growing cross-platform might allow games to reach a wider audience, many gamers are worried that such a move from Microsoft might not be reciprocated equally by its competitors Nintendo and Sony. The decrease in competition might result in less consumer-friendly practices in the future.
We will have to wait and see Phil Spencer’s next week update regarding Xbox to get a more clear picture about what the company plans to do in the future. Until then, everything seems uncertain.
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