Microsoft is said to be pulling out of the gaming sector due to unannounced reasons. The gaming giant will no longer be in a position to sell or support the sale of any Xbox hardware come 2017 — at least, that is what rumors circulating online would have you believe.
Rumors pertaining to Microsoft’s potential withdrawal from the gaming sector have been circulating around social media for a few days now. If, like me, you have been totally perplexed by these bizarre rumors, then you (and I) are not alone.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer is equally perplexed. Speaking out today on Twitter, Spencer has reassured fans that Microsoft has absolutely no intention of leaving the gaming industry. In actual fact, he went on to affirm that the corporation will be doubling down on gaming — not "abandoning" it.
The rumors and speculation all followed this investor update from Analyst DFC:
"The most immediate problem is Microsoft effectively killed the Xbox One Slim right out of the gate. If there were many Xbox 360, Wii U and even PlayStation 4 consumers interested in an Xbox One this holiday season they have now been told to wait until Scorpio arrives in 2017. Microsoft can only hope that the buzz around Project Scorpio goes away soon but with the cat out of the bag that is unlikely. The biggest issue is whether Microsoft will even have a game division by the time Project Scorpio launched. It is no small irony that the E3 events went on at the EXACT same time as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was announcing the $26 billion acquisition of LinkedIn."
However, as Spencer points out on Twitter, with E3 showcasing two new consoles, a dazzling line-up of Xbox-exclusive titles, and advancements in its VR projects, Microsoft is looking set to continue well into the future. Sony may be winning the console battle, but some say that Microsoft is winning the war. Of course, I am not here to take sides; I genuinely love both teams.
What Phil Spencer and I are saying with absolute clarity is that Microsoft will not be abandoning gaming, and that the big green gaming machine will continue to thrive. Your Xbox will live to fight another day!