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Xbox Makes HUGE Moves | Generation Next

This week has been huge for Xbox. The Generation Next team break down the landmark deal with Bethesda and the implications for PS5 exclusives. They also discuss Series X|S pre-orders and are joined by a VERY special guest.

It's been an absolutely huge week for Xbox. Opening preorders up for Xbox Series X and Series S alone would have been a momentous occasion for the company, but ahead of doing that it dropped a bombshell: Xbox has acquired ZeniMax Media. The purchase includes Bethesda, and properties such as The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Doom, Dishonored, and Wolfenstein, among others.

In this episode of Generation Next, Lucy, Jordan, and Tamoor talk about the implications of Xbox's acquisition, what it means for PlayStation 5 exclusives that the company was working on, and the impact it could have on Game Pass. They also look at what Microsoft CEO Satya Nadela has said previously and discuss whether Xbox could make further acquisitions.

Of course, the crew also cover Xbox's preorder process which, while not as disastrous as PlayStation's, still was much rougher than most people would have liked. Retailers struggled to meet demands and, in some cases, outright didn't make preorders for the Series X and S available at the time prescribed by Microsoft. Were Lucy, Jordan, and Tamoor able to get one? Watch and find out.

Generation Next is GameSpot's dedicated show that's all about the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S. Each week we'll be digging deeper into the biggest news stories, as well as talking to the developers that are charting the future of gaming. You can catch up on previous episodes here.