Although Microsoft is launching two incredibly exciting consoles this year with the Xbox Series S and Series X, it looks like Sony will win the race with the PlayStation 5. But with a brave decision, Microsoft could turn the tide after all – a comment.

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Microsoft's mega-trump card: Bethesda is the key to success

Both Xbox Series X and Series S will officially appear in stores in just under a month, and Sony's PS5 will be launched a week later. Although Microsoft got a lot of things right with both consoles, it looks like the PlayStation 5 is going to take the win – at least for now! Because if Microsoft pulls itself together, they might still be able to catch up with the competition in the long run. The trump card for the success of the Xbox consoles bears the name "Bethesda" – Microsoft's most recent purchase, which devoured an impressive 7.5 billion dollars.

But how is that supposed to help make the Xbox a sales success? I have an idea: All future Bethesda games will be released exclusively for Xbox consoles. And by that I mean that not only the PlayStation 5 goes empty-handed, but also Microsoft's actual main platform: the PC. If you want to play the new The Elder Scrolls, a future Fallout, a Dishonored, Wolfenstein, DOOM, Prey or Rage, he has to grab the Xbox.

Microsoft would offend an unbelievable number of gamers and trigger a huge shit storm, but let's be honest: That too will pass. In the end, most "Call of Duty" players buy the new part every year, even if they have previously adamantly stated that they "will boycott the game because of the bad update policy and the microtransactions".

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From a monetary point of view, this move shouldn't be worthwhile for Microsoft at first. By eliminating two important platforms, you will lose a lot of money – but now I'm just speculating that Microsoft could put it away. With Windows 10, Office and Microsoft Azure you have more workhorses in the stable that can pull the cart out of the dirt again.

In addition, more and more players would gradually give in and still grind their teeth to buy an Xbox – at least that's my guess. I would probably even end up treating myself to an Xbox so that I can play The Elder Scrolls 6 on it – even though I've only had Sony consoles at home all my life.

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Do I want Microsoft to follow this strategy? Not at all! That would just add more expense and headache to both me and a lot of the other players out there. However, do I think this strategy would pay off over the course of the console generation? Yes I think so! But in the end it's just a feeling. I have neither rolled over quarterly reports from Microsoft, nor exactly followed the monetary importance of the Xbox division for Microsoft at the moment. The fact is that this move is Sony at least had something to oppose. Because all between us: Xbox One has not been able to make up any ground in recent years with particularly interesting exclusive games.

Only time can tell what Microsoft really plans to do with Bethesda. In the end, the acquisition may only be used to push the in-house Game Pass further. An equally comprehensible strategy that could definitely pay off in the future when the streaming train really gets going. But now it's first: wait and see and drink tea.

Note: The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and are not necessarily the position of the entire GIGA editorial team.

Robert Kohlick
Robert Kohlick, GIGA expert for gaming hardware, PCs and laptops.

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