A new report claims that Xbox wanted to bring Halo to PlayStation 4, and may actually still be looking to. Microsoft has been taking a very different approach with its Xbox brand in recent months, pushing for cross-platform play and working with once-rival companies. Just recently it was confirmed that the Xbox-owned Banjo-Kazooie is joining Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, marking a huge change in the way Microsoft handles its first-party IP.
While Nintendo is embracing Xbox's willingness to create partnerships, Sony has always been reluctant to do so. Understandably so, since PlayStation 4 is the clear frontrunner in the "console war." Why take the risk of allowing a game that allows log-ins to Xbox Live when you're already on top? Despite this stance, that apparently hasn't deterred Microsoft from trying.
It turns out that Xbox was even exploring the possibility of bringing Halo: The Master Chief Collection to PS4. This is according to a new report from former IGN staffer Colin Moriarty, who made the claim during a recent episode of his Sacred Symbols: A PlayStation Podcast. "I have it on good authority that Master Chief Collection was being talked about on PS4 years ago. Like, I have that on great authority," said Moriarty to co-host Chris Ray Gunn.
Seeing Master Chief run around on PlayStation 4 would be something akin to an episode of The Twilight Zone. Still, it's clear that Xbox is looking to play ball with the other hardware manufacturers as long as it's able to bring some sort of Xbox Live compatibility to the games it ports. Apparently, Nintendo is fine with the idea of doing so, and the company has begun reaping the rewards for just that as a result.
There are now rumors that Xbox Game Pass is on its way to Switch. While that service hasn't been confirmed for Nintendo platforms yet, Cuphead coming to Switch (alongside the aforementioned appearance of Banjo-Kazooie in Smash Ultimate) are the blossoming emblems of a wonderful partnership. Xbox will likely keep pushing PlayStation to work with them, especially now that Microsoft and Sony are working together on Azure game streaming technology. Only time will tell if Halo will come to PlayStation (or Nintendo Switch for that matter), but with the next generation of game consoles is going to be interesting.