When is Phasmophobia Coming to Xbox? 2024 Release Date

Key Takeaways
  • Phasmophobia's console release has faced multiple delays due to an office fire in August 2023 and various development challenges.
  • As an indie studio, Kinetic Games has struggled with adapting the game for consoles and implementing crossplay, causing further setbacks.
  • The console version is still on its way, promising new features like an improved shop, better graphics, and performance tweaks, but no exact release date has been given yet.

Phasmophobia was the indie-horror star of 2020. Most people might remember 2020 being famous for Among Us, Fortnite and other multiplayer games, Phasmophobia was a treat for horror fans. Released in September 2020 on Steam in Early Access Mode, it has received numerous updates over the years and even has VR support. Even more impressive was the fact that it was developed by a single person.

On the Xbox Showcase Extended 2023 held in July, it was revealed that Phasmophobia would be releasing for consoles; both the PS5 and the Xbox Series X/S, with VR support and crossplay support across all platforms, on August 2023.

But it’s almost June 2024 and we’re still waiting for Phasmophobia to come out on consoles. So what’s the deal with the long wait? And are still getting Phasmophobia on Xbox? Find out below!

Phasmophobia was one of the best horror games to come out in 2020 | Kinetic Games

What is Phasmophobia?

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the game and wondering why people are waiting on this hidden horror gem, Phasmophobia is a 4-player co-op horror game, developed by Kinetic Games, where you and 3 others team up to investigate haunted locations and gather evidence to prove the presence of ghosts, and decide whether a ghost removal team is necessary for that site.

Phasmophobia can be quite creepy, even when you’re playing with friends | Steam

Teamwork is paramount, as everything that seems out-of-the-ordinary could be vital evidence. There are different ghost detecting tools in your arsenal and a multiple areas to cover, which makes Phasmophobia one of the best games to play with friends.

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Why’s it Taking So Long for Phasmophobia to Come to Xbox?

While the console release was originally planned on August 2023, it was not meant to be due to a plethora of factors. Let’s take a look at a timeline where we outline why there’s been no Phasmophobia release on consoles so far:

August 2023: Office fire at Kinetic Games

On 24 August 2023, the lead developer at Kinetic Games posted a message on the game’s official Discord:

Dear Phasmophobia Community,

First and foremost, we’d like to thank you all for your support and that you are just as excited as we are for the console release.

Due to a recent fire incident in our office building and unpredicted development issues, our ability to test and develop has been significantly impacted.

After careful consideration we have made the tough decision to delay the console release, initially set for August, while we get everything sorted. We are now aiming for a special launch during the week leading up to Halloween this October. This gives us the needed time to perfect and fine-tune everything. Your patience and understanding mean everything to us, and we can’t wait to bring Phasmophobia to consoles.

The Phasmophobia Development Team.

Dknighter, lead developer at Kinetic Games

An office fire is an unfortunate accident and can be very detrimental to a game’s development. Since Kinetic Games is an indie studio, it is more likely to suffer a significant setback. Despite this, Kinetic Games announced that it was aiming for a release on Halloween 2023.

October 2023: Office fire after-effects

Although Kinetic Games aimed for a Halloween 2023 release, it was not meant to be. On 17th October 2023, they released an update to the game on Steam, while declaring a further delay for the console versions. Kinetic Games claimed that the office fire’s effects were more severe than they thought and that working in a remote environment had been challenging.

The PC version of Phasmophobia continues to enjoy updates | Chicky TV

Since Phasmophobia was initially made by a solo developer, it only came to be developed by a team after the game gained traction and became highly popular. Additionally, Kinetic Games also cited problems regarding the development for the PSVR2 version of the game.

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January 2024: Indefinite delay, but with a silver lining

On 3rd January 2024, Kinetic Games revealed a roadmap on Steam for planned updates for the current year. While offering a look at their future plans, Kinetic Games placed the console port of Phasmophobia on an indefinite delay, stating “We’re still hard at work trying to get this ready for you eager console players, and it’ll arrive as soon as it’s ready.”

The new shop made its way recently on to the game | Chicky TV

While this is undoubtedly disappointing news, it does have a silver lining. Kinetic Games also revealed that the console versions would be releasing with the following features:

  • A new and improved shop, which only recently came out in PC.
  • Adjustments to leveling and equipment tiers and balance changes.
  • Optimizations to graphics and performance to closely resemble the PC version.

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Are We Still Getting Phasmophobia on Xbox?

There’s no question about it, we’re still getting Phasmophobia on Xbox; we just don’t know when. Naturally, for a indie studio, console ports take a lot of time to develop. And when you add crossplay into the mix, which is a difficult implementation by all accounts on its own, you can only expect delays. What we can do right now is trust in Kinetic Games to work their magic and hope that they work it soon.


Is Phasmophobia coming to Xbox?

Yes, Phasmophobia is definitely coming to Xbox. It has suffered a lot of delays and currently, there is no release date for the Xbox version.

Why has Phasmophobia been delayed so many times?

These are the main reasons why the Phasmophobia release for consoles has been delayed multiple times: Kinetic Games suffered an office fire, Issues with development regarding the PSVR2 version, Crossplay takes a lot of time to implement, Indie studios take a lot of time to develop console ports in general

When can we expect Phasmophobia for Xbox to come out?

There’s really no guarantee as to when Phasmophobia will release for consoles. But since Kinetic Games addressed the improvements made to the console version in their 2024 roadmap, one can only hope that it comes out this year.


Farhan Ali

Farhan is a passionate writer with an undying love for games, PC hardware, and technology. With nearly 5 years of experience in blogging and over 14 years of experience in gaming, this is what he loves and does best.