RUMOR: Xbox Exclusive Starfield Planned To Launch On PlayStation 5

These are rumors, so take the following information with a grain of salt. In what could be rather large news, reports indicate that a growing list of Xbox exclusive titles could be confirmed to make their way to other platforms. This will change the way Microsoft approaches their philosophy of the Xbox family of consoles.

According to a report from XboxEra, sources who remain anonymous have shared information that claims the Bethesda developed RPG Starfield is planned to be released on its rival competitor, the PlayStation 5. Rumors have circulated for weeks that 1st party Xbox exclusives like Hi-Fi Rush and Sea of Thieves were on their way to the Nintendo Switch. Released August of 2023, Starfield has gone on to sell over 6 million copies and has been considered quite a success. 

The Verge has also reported on the possibility of Indiana Jones and The Great Circle being released on the PS5 after it launches on the Xbox Series X|S. The dialog does sync up with the information that acquired studios like Bethesda will remain open about what games would be considered exclusive to the Xbox or what could end up seeing ports to other console platforms like the Switch and PS5. 

Should it come to fruition, it's certainly a lucrative decision for Microsoft, as porting some 1st party software to a larger audience. To what degree of the exclusives would be fascinating to see, as this news may upset Xbox fans and devalue the system in their eyes. Especially since this runs contradictory to a major title like Starfield, which was heavily emphasized as being an exclusive game during the 2021 Xbox Games Showcase:

“It is awesome to share with you for the very first time one of the most anticipated games in the world, from Todd Howard and the team at Bethesda Game Studios – a ground breaking game, and yes – it’s exclusive.” - Sarah Bond

As of this writing, Microsoft executives have yet to confirm this news, so we will await further details.

SOURCES: The Verge, XboxEra

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