If you’ve been hanging onto Microsoft’s previous generation games console because, well, games are still launching for it, it’s time to start saving for something new. The company, via an Axios interview with game studio head Matt Booty, has confirmed that it’ll no longer be making those.
That’s not all he was talking about but everything covered during the interview entailed how the company’s games platform will continue moving into the future. That’s a thing executives like to talk about — even executives who make video games for a living.
Microsoft’s call of Booty
The move shouldn’t be surprising. The console, first launched in 2013, ended physical production at the beginning of last year. And now that the Xbox Series S and X have been around for close to three years, it’s time to start looking at retiring the older hardware entirely.
When asked whether there were any upcoming titles from Microsoft compatible with the Xbox One, Booty replied, “We’ve moved on to Gen 9.” That doesn’t mean that your favourite games are going away. Some internal studios are still working on supporting existing games but there’s nothing new being developed for the platform. At least, that’s the case for first-party (Microsoft) games. Third-party developers may continue releasing games until they feel it’s unprofitable.
That moment might be closer than you’d expect, too. Booty said that Microsoft delayed the decision to halt development for its eighth-generation console further than it has on previous occasions, which may mean that the third-party devs are looking to shift resources as well. But there’s still a way to play newer titles on the ageing Xbox One (provided you live in the States or the UK). The console’s cloud gaming capabilities will permit the playing of Series X and S titles until further notice. Which is great, if you live in a country where that’s available.