Because if you care only about revenue and not about marketshare, you will soon find yourself driven out of the console market and forced to abandon all hardware. Obviously Xbox doesn't want to go the way of Sega, and I can't blame them for that, there is alot more money to be made in the long run, generations into the future, by establishing Xbox as more than just a distant 3rd place console now, by pushing out high tier exclusives to drive hardware sales.
Why has Sony moneyhatted about 8 AAA 3rd party timed or full exclusives over the last 5 years? Because they are in a competition with Xbox to win this generation and sell more consoles than them. Why should Xbox not counter moves like that by at least making their own 1st party games exclusive to the Xbox ecosystem? Considering what Sony has been up to, I think Xbox is being generous to give them as many Zenimax games as they have personally. It's a dog eat dog world in the gaming market, you can only expect Phil to continue to be a nice guy doormat for so long. He went above and beyond the call of duty in pursuit of a friendlier relationship between Xbox, Playstation, and Nintendo this last generation, he was largely responsible for the growth of crossplay in gaming with his efforts. But in spite of all of his efforts this past gen, Sony still wanted to play the "console wars" the old fashioned way. I can't blame Phil at all for responding to Sony's aggressive tactics by being less of a nice guy. He doesn't owe you Zenimax releases on PS5. He doesn't owe people CoD releases on PS5 either, though he will release CoD there because a. he'd lose too many CoD sales by making it exclusive, and b. it's best to stay on the good side of the regulators.
Microsoft cares about console sales again? I thought selling consoles wasn't their focus. Did they publicly state otherwise? I commend you for actually admitting that exclusives sell consoles. I swear two years ago you never would have admitted that.Last edited by Cerebralbore101 - on 29 March 2023