Phil Spencer Discusses the Future of Game Pass: Open to Playstation and Switch

Game pass represents one of the best deals you can strike when gaming. Offering first, third party and indie games all for one single subscription fee. Game Pass is currently available for Android, PC and Xbox One consoles. This still hasn’t quenched Microsoft’s thirst to expand it’s reach.

Android’s version of Game pass comes via streaming games using Project XCloud. Microsoft have plans to bring the same streaming format to consoles and PC. In the past it might have seemed far-fetched to see Game pass coming to rival devices. Seeing exclusives like Cuphead come to the Switch however reinforces the idea that Microsoft is building working relationships with competitors. Rumours emerged a while ago that we could see Game Pass land on the Switch.

Phil Spencer’s Take

In an interview with Game Reactor, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer was asked about Game Pass and it’s multiple platforms. Spencer made no attempt to squash rumours as he stated that Xbox is open to the idea of Game Pass on other consoles.

Here’s What He Said:

“I think for us it’s all about priority, and reaching more players. So we went to PC first after Xbox. Because there’s just so many players there, globally, that don’t own an Xbox that we could go reach. We went to mobile next because there’s a billion Android phones on the planet. It’s significantly larger than any console player base. We still have iOS to go after, we will come to iOS at some point. We’re still working on some of our technology on PC for larger screens in terms of streaming. And getting to iOS, and I think once we get through that, we look at what the other options are. There’s smart TV’s out there. there’s Chromebooks out there. there’s FireTV out there. there’s a lot of discussions we would have. we would prioritize it based on where we would find the most new players, that we could naturally bring content to. I love the Switch, I love PlayStation, honestly, I think they’ve done an amazing job as being a part of this industry. I’m not sure that those are the next big set of users for us, but we could be open to those discussions.”

The way Spencer talks here is a far cry from his previous interview in July. In that interview he said that Game Pass would not come to Sony or Nintendo’s systems since they could not provide the full Xbox experience.

That being said there has been a huge focus on Game Pass in the lead up to the release of the Series X. Maybe this represents the value that Microsoft have put on the subscription service.

So What’s Stopping Them?

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However, it’s one thing for Xbox to be open for discussions, but discussions are a two way street. Would Sony and Nintendo allow Game Pass to make an appearance on their devices?

I can see Nintendo being the more open of the two, they have already seen Xbox Game Studios titles on the Switch. And Microsoft owned characters like Banjo-Kazooie and Steve from Minecraft have appeared in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The stumbling block for this scenario is whether or not the Switch can handle Microsoft’s first-party exclusives.

Sony, on the other hand, will more than likely want nothing to do with Game p\Pass. As Xbox’s primary competitor it has already made a start to play catch up by launching it’s own subscription services. Game Pass availability on all consoles would likely be a dream come true for all gamers, but the likelihood of this coming to fruition is quite low, all things considered.

Whatever the case, Game Pass and it’s reach will continue to grow and with it being available on Xbox One, PC and Android, and on it’s way to next-gen Xbox, the future is a very bright shade of green for the subscription service.

What do you think? Would you like to see Game Pass on other consoles? If not consoles, where else would you like it to touch base? Let us know in the forums or over on our socials and don’t forget to come to Generation Xbox for all things Xbox.

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