Is Genshin Impact coming to Xbox?

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Is Genshin Impact coming to Xbox?

Best Answer: No, miHoYo currently doesn't have any plans to bring Genshin Impact to Microsoft's consoles. It's possible this could change, but since the game is free-to-play on so many other platforms, you definitely shouldn't wait around for an Xbox version.On your Android: Genshin Impact (Free download on Play Store)On PC: Genshin Impact (Free from Genshin Impact official site)On your iPhone: Genshin Impact (Free download on Apple Store)On PS4: Genshin Impact (Free at PlayStation)

How do we know there won't be a Genshin Impact Xbox version?

A miHoYo spokesperson has specifically stated that "we aren't planning on creating an Xbox version of the game." It's possible this could change down the road, but for now, Xbox One owners and soon-to-be next-gen Xbox owners really shouldn't hold their breath. Besides, since Genshin Impact is available on so many different platforms, for free mind you, you'll likely be able to play it somewhere else.

What is Genshin Impact?

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It's a free ARPG that allows you to explore a fantasy world. The map is extensive, there are plenty of colorful locations, and dozens of characters to unlock. Once you get to a certain point, you can even unlock multiplayer co-op. At the time of writing this, I've spent over 28 hours playing the game, and I still haven't scratched the surface of all Genshin Impact has to offer.

The game does center around Gacha game mechanics, where you pay in-game currency for the chance of acquiring rare weapons and characters. As such, it's no surprise that the game uses microtransactions and allows you to spend real-world money. However, I haven't spent a penny on the game so far, and I've been able to acquire nine different Genshin Impact characters. You can definitely enjoy this game without spending any money.

What is the best platform to play Genshin Impact?

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While there are some differences between the Genshin Impact versions, the one that will be a good fit for you will depend on what platforms you have available and how you plan on playing.

The PC and mobile versions support cross-saves, so you could play on your computer while home and then continue the game on your phone when you're out running errands as long as both devices can support the software. If this sounds appealing to you, then you should go with the PC or mobile versions.

This is shaping up to be one of the best Android games. Unfortunately, Genshin Impact on mobile does not support controllers. So even if you have a nice Xbox controller lying around, you won't be able to use it to play this game on your phone. If you're averse to tapping on your phone screen and would prefer more precise controls, I recommend going with the PC or PS4 versions.

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It really is a pity that Genshin Impact isn't coming to Xbox One or Xbox Series X. Fortunately, there are plenty of other platforms to play it on. I've really enjoyed the game so far and highly recommend it to anyone interested.

Rebecca Spear
Editor and Reviewer

Self-professed gaming geek, Rebecca Spear, is one of Windows Central's editors and reviewers with a focus on gaming handhelds, PC gaming, and laptops. When she isn't checking out the latest games on Xbox Game Pass, PC, ROG Ally, or Steam Deck; she can be found digital drawing with a Wacom tablet. She's written thousands of articles with everything from editorials, reviews, previews, features, previews, and hardware reviews over the last few years. If you need information about anything gaming-related, her articles can help you out. She also loves testing game accessories and any new tech on the market. You can follow her @rrspear on X (formerly Twitter).