Microsoft stopped announcing Xbox console sales some time ago, a move most believe was at least in part because they compare poorly to sales from Sony's PlayStation and Nintendo's consoles. However, the latest news suggests a significant shift in Microsoft's strategy as they have officially announced that they will no longer be making consoles.
This decision comes as no surprise to industry experts who have been observing the changing landscape of the gaming industry. With the rise of cloud gaming, streaming services, and the success of Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft has realized that their future lies in game development and digital sales rather than hardware manufacturing.
Several European retailers have already stopped stocking physical Xbox games, indicating the growing trend towards digital distribution. Christopher Dring, the head of GamesIndustry, confirmed this shift and highlighted how the gaming industry is adapting to the changing market demands.