The discussion around Genshin Impact has now shifted dramatically, however. In the first four days of its release alone, Genshin Impact mobile downloads hit over 17 million players, and that figure didn\’t include the many people who are choosing to play the game on PC or PS4. Genshin Impact\’s blend of the open-world possibility that entranced Breath of the Wild players, RPG party mechanics that add a ton of depth to its combat, and gacha acquisition mechanics that hook players on trying to get the best Genshin Impact characters have all coalesced into one of the fall\’s biggest stories. Although there\’s a lot of content already present within the game, miHoYo has been transparent about its goal to evolve the game further with live service-style updates.
It\’s an interesting decision from miHoYo – Genshin Impact features cross-progression between PC and mobile, and Xbox\’s PC functionality could\’ve opened the doors for cross-progression between a Microsoft console and another platform, something that isn\’t an option for Genshin Impact on PS4. It also could be a major blow to Xbox\’s early next-gen status, as both Xbox Series X and PS4 are lacking early launch exclusives to sway consumers. If Genshin Impact sustains its popularity into November and looks like a major player moving forward, it would be less than ideal for Xbox players to be ostracized from it.
With that said, however, Genshin Impact on Xbox isn\’t an impossibility. While there are no plans for it currently, there\’s still a chance miHoYo changes its mind in the future. Excluding platforms is often leaving money on the table (with, of course, the development costs in porting a game to that platform to keep in mind), and Genshin Impact downloads have already shown how viable a source of income it is. Getting it out to as many players as possible seems like a wise decision, but for now, Genshin Impact on Xbox isn\’t happening, and it remains to be seen how – if at all – that affects the game moving forward.