Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Wants Xbox Game Pass On Every Console, Including PS4
For the past few years, its apparent that Xbox has been upping their focus on services, whether it be its backwards compatibility program, Games with Gold, or, namely, its upcoming xCloud streaming service. Rumors have been swirling around the latter for a few weeks now, suggesting that Xbox Game Pass could eventually manifest on non-Xbox devices, specifically rival consoles Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.
In an interview with GeekWire, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has now confirmed that this is definitely the goal, citing a focus to bring games to everyone, not just those who prefer to play on Xbox. “We want to bring Game Pass to any device that somebody wants to play on,” Spencer said. “Not just because it’s our business, but really because the business model allows for people to consume and find games that they wouldn’t have played in any other space.”
Having Xbox games on other platforms is surely a mouth-watering idea for players, but would seem to make little business sense as it would undermine exclusive releases for the Xbox One. Spencer clarified that by shifting focus away from hardware and toward games themselves, there’s potential that as the player base grows, so does the revenue.
That is not where you make money. The business inside of games is really selling games, and selling access to games and content in means like that is the fundamental business. So if you open it up, the more often people can play, the more they’re enjoying the art form. It increases the size of the business.”
While this statement would seem to put future Microsoft consoles into question, there’s little to suggest Xbox is leaving the hardware market anytime soon. A new Xbox has been confirmed from Phil Spencer himself and has since been supported through various rumors and speculation. While much about this new hardware still remains a mystery, it’s becoming extremely likely that many upcoming games are already planning for the next next generation switch happening in the next few years.
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