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It’s been the saga of the past six or so months, and Microsoft has already made fairly clear that it will not be sharing Bethesda’s riches after podding out $7.5 billion for the publisher. PlayStation fans, perhaps in a stage of denial, had been hoping that intergalactic RPG Starfield may still make the cut, however – especially when you consider that it’s likely spent a large chunk of its life targeting Sony’s systems. (There was, ironically, strong speculation that the Japanese giant had tried to buy timed exclusivity for the title, similar to Deathloop and Ghostwire Tokyo.)

Well, it’s not happening – that’s according to chatty Venturebeat scribe Jeff Grubb, at least. The talkative reporter – who’s leading a kind of double-life as a Microsoft mole these days – wrote on Twitter: “Starfield is exclusive to Xbox and PC. Period. This is me confirming that.” Naturally this has led to all sorts of social media commotion that you’re better off avoiding like the plague.

Grubb didn’t elaborate on his sources, but he has a razor-sharp track-record when it comes to Xbox-related rumours – presumably he knows someone high up in the company’s hierarchy. It’s a shame because there’s absolutely no question Starfield would have been in development for PS5 and PS4 up until fairly recently, but once Microsoft coughed up a big wedge of cash its status was always in doubt. Perhaps the biggest disappointment of all is that this will almost certainly be a permanent exclusive – at least when stuff is timed you know there’s hope eventually.