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Speaking to GameSpot, the senior vice president of global marketing & communications said that he understood the frustration from PlayStation fans, and that he was sorry to anyone disappointed that Starfield is Xbox exclusive.
Before we move on, take a quick look at the Starfield trailer below to refresh your memory:
"I totally understand if you are unhappy or p*ssed or whatever. I get it," Hines said. "Those are all real feelings and frustrations. How should you deal with that? I haven't the foggiest idea. I would never presume to say, 'Here's how you can make it better and feel better'.
"I don't know how to allay the fears and concerns of PlayStation 5 fans, other than to say, 'I'm a PlayStation 5 player as well, and I've played games on that console, and there's games I'm going to continue to play on it. But if you want to play Starfield, [it's] PC and Xbox. Sorry. All I can really say is, I apologise."
While this is a nice enough sentiment, I'm certain most of us don't actually think Bethesda or Microsoft have anything to be sorry for. I don't remember anyone from Sony ever apologising for Marvel's Spider-Man or God Of War being exclusive, do you? Sure enough, Microsoft Studios general manager Greenberg has said that he's "not sorry" Starfield is Xbox exclusive - just like nobody at Microsoft will be sorry when The Elder Scrolls VI turns out to be Xbox exclusive.
"Everybody just decided to freak out yesterday because I said 'I'm sorry' to somebody who was upset," Hines can be heard saying in the above video around the 48-minute mark.
"It's all good," Greenberg replies. "I'm not sorry. I'm not sorry!" It's clear from the way he laughs that he's joking - there's no malice in having Starfield be Xbox-exclusive. But at the same time, neither Bethesda nor Microsoft need to be sorry to anyone about this, especially since the latter is working to bring Xbox Game Pass to as many platforms as possible, including pretty much any TV with an internet connection. Starfield might not be on PlayStation 5, but it'll be damn near everywhere else.
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