Microsoft reportedly in talks to extend PUBG Xbox One console exclusivity

At E3 2017, Microsoft announced that smash hit title PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds will be making its way to the Xbox One later this year as a "console launch exclusive". Put simply, this means that the game - already available on PC - will most likely be a timed exclusive on the Xbox One, that will expand to other platforms later.

However, new reports now claim that Microsoft is in talks with the developer, Bluehole Inc., regarding an extension in this console exclusivity.

According to Bloomberg, console exclusivity usually lasts for three months, providing enough time to promote a console. However, with the meteoric rise in the popularity of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, it's no surprise that Microsoft is looking to extend this agreement.

If these talks succeed, the title could potentially be a console exclusive for the Xbox One until mid-2018, and even longer. This would mean that PlayStation 4 gamers would have to wait an even longer period of time than previously anticipated to get their hands on the title.

It is important to note that although Battlegrounds is expected to land on the Xbox One and the Xbox One X - with added enhancements - later this year, no firm release date has been announced. Meanwhile, the title has faced a massive surge in popularity, selling over 10 million copies on the PC, and setting the peak user record over a 24-hour period on Steam. Some rare in-game cosmetic items are even being sold for well over $1,000 on Steam.

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