When it comes to Xbox games on PS5 and Nintendo Switch, Phil Spencer has been saying it all along | Windows

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The Xbox community is an interesting place to be right now. That’s putting it as politely as I can. The impending “business update” promised by Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer, the constantly swirling rumors of Xbox first-party titles heading to the PS5 and Nintendo Switch, and honestly, a number of folks out there on social media that really aren’t helping themselves or the overall situation.

But here’s the deal. It shouldn’t be a big deal. I’m old enough to have lived through the ‘console wars,’ and I’m tired of it. I’ve been console gaming for over 30 years now. I’m tired, cranky, and certainly have a different outlook on gaming than I once did. You are not the box under your TV, and you shouldn’t succumb to tribalism over a piece of hardware. Be it a console, a PC, or the smartphone in your pocket.

“When everybody plays, we all win.”

Phil Spencer has been saying it all along. He even printed it inside the Xbox 20th Anniversary controller.

Truer words never spoken

An important message from Phil Spencer that suddenly everyone seems to be forgetting.  (Image credit: Windows Central)

More people playing great games is a good thing. It’s never, ever been a bad thing. Why should your choice of console or PC be a barrier to having a good time with your friends, family, or complete strangers over the internet?

I’m going to use a personal example here. My son and I have had a lot of fun playing Minecraft Dungeons together. He would play on his Nintendo Switch, and I would play on my Xbox, but we could both play the same game, separately or together. At the time it came out, he didn’t have an Xbox of his own. So, if this Microsoft-owned game had been an Xbox exclusive, we would have missed out on this time.

But in the wider picture, how many others would have missed out had they not been able to play this game on their Switch or PS5? This is the key to the…

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