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Microsoft has made it pretty clear that Bethesda’s next RPG, Starfield, will launch exclusively for Xbox consoles and Windows PCs. That hasn’t stopped PlayStation fans from hoping that the game might just be a timed exclusive, however—one that will eventually make its way to Sony’s console and, perhaps, other platforms.

Aaron Greenberg, General Manager of Xbox Games Marketing at Microsoft, cut that hope short today by clarifying over Twitter that Starfield isn’t a timed exclusive of any kind.

“We have tried to be as clear as possible, not a timed exclusive, this is simply where the game is being made,” Greenberg tweeted in response to a user who was clinging to the hope that Microsoft would end up releasing Starfield for other platforms down the line.

The implication seems pretty straightforward: Starfield will only be playable on Xbox Series X|S consoles, Windows PCs, and devices that support Xbox Cloud Gaming, even years after it launches.

Bethesda’s public relations guy Pete Hines has supported Greenberg’s comments, telling Starfield hopefuls on PlayStation that they’re grasping at straws. Hines had initially played coy when Starfield was announced as an Xbox exclusive. “I don’t know if I would go so far as to say you’re done ever playing stuff on PlayStation,” Hines said at the time.

As Greenberg points out, PlayStation gamers who are mad and want nothing to do with Xbox can still play Starfield on PC. “We’re not saying you have to buy an Xbox to play those games,” Greenberg said.

Xbox fans consider the controversy of Starfield being exclusive to Xbox consoles and Windows PCs quite interesting because nobody seems to have a problem when Sony does it. The controversy is akin to Xbox fans complaining about how God of War or Uncharted 4 isn’t on Xbox, it’s argued. The simple fact is that Bethesda is now a first-party Xbox studio.

Starfield is the first new universe in 25 years from Bethesda Game Studios, the award-winning creators of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 4. In this next generation role-playing game set amongst the stars, create any character you want and explore with unparalleled freedom. Harnessing the power of next-gen technology and built on the all-new Creation Engine 2, Starfield takes you on a journey through space as you strive to answer humanity’s greatest mystery.

Sources: Aaron Greenberg, Pete Hines

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11 Comments

  1. To clarify… this will never ever no way run on a PS5 no matter what…

    Unless you get unix with an windows emulator running.

    Find a way to install windows on a PS5

    Or we change our minds for money.

  2. [QUOTE=”Grimlakin, post: 40613, member: 215″]
    …Or we change our minds for money…
    [/QUOTE]
    ding ding ding, winner!

  3. [QUOTE=”Burticus, post: 40617, member: 297″]
    ding ding ding, winner!
    [/QUOTE]

    Given the shortage of consoles they very well may have to change their minds if they want to make some money on this game.

    There is what? 10 PS5 for every Series X console sold or something?

  4. Of course it won’t be, while that is the economically beneficial stance to hold. Then after XBOX/Windows sales slow to a trickle it will suddenly be on the PS5, out of nowhere, nobody will see it coming.

  5. Anybody who thought otherwise was fooling themselves. What is this, the third time Microsoft had to “clarify” it at this point saying the same thing every time?
    [QUOTE=”Denpepe, post: 40625, member: 284″]
    Given the shortage of consoles they very well may have to change their minds if they want to make some money on this game.

    There is what? 10 PS5 for every Series X console sold or something?
    [/QUOTE]
    Why do you think it will be exclusive? To sell consoles. Games sell consoles, not the branding or hardware.
    [QUOTE=”MadMummy76, post: 40653, member: 1298″]
    Of course it won’t be, while that is the economically beneficial stance to hold. Then after XBOX/Windows sales slow to a trickle it will suddenly be on the PS5, out of nowhere, nobody will see it coming.
    [/QUOTE]
    Not going to happen unless Zenimax has some kind of out in their acquisition deal.

  6. I think Armenius is right here – The console market profit margin is very nice when your a AAA game, but Zenimax is a Microsoft brand now.

    Microsoft may go insofar as to allow games like this to see a Steam/EGS release — but only if they have a lot of trouble getting traction on XBGP for PC. No way in hell it will go to PS5 unless Zenimax pulls a Bungie and spins back outside of Microsoft. At least on Steam/EGS it is still on Windows, which helps reinforce the Microsoft ecosystem, but MS has only done that when they haven’t been able to drive people to Xbox on Windows and they want to eek out a few more sales on the PC.

    The Zenimax purchase was entirely to reinforce the Xbox brand, and Microsoft in a larger scope. They would let the studio rot before they allow them to cross-license to Sony.

    Case in point – see Halo.

  7. It’ll come down to sales. If this game ends up not performing that well, I could see MS going the Minecraft route with the game and making it available elsewhere (or even only through a Game Pass streaming service on PS5/Switch).

    If this game ends up becoming a system seller (think Halo) for MS, expect MS to clamp down hard on its exclusivity for Xbox and PC. They lost the Xbox One generation to Sony due to their lack of exclusives, and with the way they’ve been shoring up their first party studios, I don’t expect them to make that mistake twice.

  8. [QUOTE=”SeymourGore, post: 40704, member: 158″]
    f this game ends up becoming a system seller (think Halo) for MS, expect MS to clamp down hard on its exclusivity for Xbox and PC.
    [/QUOTE]

    How can it be a system seller, their systems are sold out worldwide here in Belgium one shop has it’s preorders up until september 2020 fullfilled nothing more.

    Maybe it will sell their series S models that they can’t seem to get rid of.

  9. [QUOTE=”Denpepe, post: 40719, member: 284″]
    How can it be a system seller, their systems are sold out worldwide here in Belgium one shop has it’s preorders up until september 2020 fullfilled nothing more.

    Maybe it will sell their series S models that they can’t seem to get rid of.
    [/QUOTE]
    GamePass for the PC

  10. I categorically reject anything “XBox”. I do not use the Microsoft store. If the game isn’t on a non-Microsoft distribution platform, they aren’t getting any money from me.

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