Maybe, maybe not. Via somebody on Twitter who I can’t really link to:
One of the more surprising stories of 2019 has been Microsoft’s pivot toward supporting other consoles. Minecraft and Cuphead are currently the #1 and #2 games respectively on Nintendo Switch, with Cuphead set to eventually feature Xbox Live integration. There were reports that Xbox Game Pass might come to Switch. Microsoft and Sony have even set aside their respective differences for a deal involving Microsoft’s Azure cloud services.
Why is Microsoft suddenly being so friendly to its rivals? One reason is that its console business has fallen firmly into third place, with the PS4 selling more than double the units of the Xbox One, and the Switch experiencing massive success of its own. Nothing spurs creative thinking quite as much as desperation.– US Gamer
This actually fits what goes on, inside my house. We do have a Xbox 360, which is currently being used as a DVD player; I saw no need to upgrade. But the PS4 and the Switch are the gaming platforms of choice for my kids, while I’m still getting my games mostly for the PC. We get along fine without needing the Xbox, frankly, and I might just remove it entirely and use the PS4 for movies. Seriously thinking about it, in fact. It is a convenient DVD player, though.
Anyway: as the article goes on to note, Microsoft is at its best when it plays to its strengths as a software company. Moving to a model where they provide material to the two current winners of the console wars at least sounds smart. It would also reduce the amount of hardware in my house, which would be lovely. I tend to acquire a certain amount of digital… stuff.