Phil Spencer Gives His Thoughts On Baldur's Gate 3's Xbox Series S Issues

Update: Larian Studios has now confirmed that it has worked with Phil Spencer and the Xbox team to bring Baldur's Gate 3 to Xbox in 2023, and split-screen support for the Xbox Series S version is officially being dropped.

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Original story: Xbox boss Phil Spencer has been reacting today to the Baldur's Gate 3 Xbox Series S issues that are currently plaguing the Larian Studios development team ahead of the game's eventual Xbox release in late 2023 or early 2024.

As you may be aware, Larian has been struggling to get local co-op working effectively on the Series S version of Baldur's Gate 3, and therefore the game will be launching on PS5 before Xbox. Spencer says this marks a "learning experience" for Microsoft, but he doesn't think it represents a "fatal flaw in the system".

Here are some Phil Spencer quotes from the interview with IGN at Gamescom 2023:

"In terms of the two platforms, I want games to launch on both platforms. There are feature differences between the platforms. We have an ability to kind of handle that and how it works. Where teams are going to choose to focus their time and their effort is up to them. We're here to support them and what they want to go do. We want to make sure that games when they're launching on competitive platforms are also launching on Xbox.

So we're going to learn from this experience as well because we don't love that. But I don't think it's something that's a fatal flaw in the system. It's partners prioritizing their time, us listening and being a good partner to them. And you see some amazing games doing great work across S and X. Diablo looks great, Starfield looks great. Forza looks great across both. And I want to make sure console gaming is accessible to more people, and we think the price point of the console is a pretty important part of that."

Spencer then went on to praise Larian as an "important partner" for Xbox, enthusing that Baldur's Gate 3 is a game he wants to see on the platform and his team have provided resources to help make that happen.

Of course, there's even more incentive to bring Baldur's Gate 3 to Xbox following its absolutely incredible launch, with the game currently sitting on a 96 Metacritic rating for PC. The sooner we get this one on Xbox Series X|S, the better!

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