Xbox's multiplatform strategy is already paying off with Sea of ​​Thieves

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If the latest numbers are anything to go by, Xbox's latest change of strategy, which involved porting some first-party Xbox games to other rival consoles, has already been a success after just a few months.

PlayStation announced the most downloaded games of May on a blog It was released for both PlayStation 5 and 4 on Thursday. While it doesn't list exact numbers, the top game in the US, Canada and the EU is: Sea of ​​ThievesIt went out of Xbox console exclusivity on April 30th.

Sea of ​​Thieves to beat Madden NFL 24, Grand Theft Auto 5, Hell Divers 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3and other AAA releases. Some smaller games on the lists include: Killer Clowns from Space: The Game And Another Cancer Treasure.

Xbox caused quite a stir in February when it announced that a handful of first-party games would be coming to other platforms. The first games announced under this new strategy were: Hi-Fi Speed, repentance, groundedAnd Sea of ​​Thieves. The first three games were the first games to be ported to Nintendo Switch and PlayStation consoles, Sea of ​​Thieves It's headed exclusively to PlayStation 5.

Sea of ​​Thieves Xbox and PC already had a dedicated player base — 35 million according to Xbox As of February — and when it launched on PlayStation, it supported cross-play so more players could jump on a ship with friends. “We make every decision with the long-term health of Xbox in mind, and the long-term health of Xbox means a growing platform, our games performing, us building the best platform for creators, and reaching as many players as possible,” Microsoft Gaming said. Here's what CEO Phil Spencer said in response to rumors that Xbox is ending exclusivity.

Not every first-party Xbox game will be available on other consoles from day one, and we've seen that too. Senua's Legend: Hellblade 2 and in a series of announcements made at the Xbox Games Showcase this month. According to StatistaNo Xbox game has cracked the top 10 on Switch yet, but it's tough to compete against Nintendo mainstays Mario Kart 8 DeluxeWhich one happened? the company's best-selling game of all time in may, and franchises like The Legend of Zelda and Pokémon.

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