In a strange turn of events, Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer denied that they plan to bring Xbox Game Pass to PlayStation and Nintendo platforms.
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The topic was first broached after Xbox chief financial officer Tim Stuart, during the Wells Fargo TMT summit, said, “Our mission is to bring our first-party experiences [and] our subscription services to every screen that can play games” which includes “what we would have thought of as competitors in the past like PlayStation and Nintendo”.
However, in an interview with Windows Central, Phil Spencer denied such claims, saying quite bluntly, “I’ll start by saying we have no plans to bring Game Pass to PlayStation or Nintendo. It’s not in our plans.”
“The thing I want to be focused on is how do we continue to innovate for people who’ve made the commitment to our hardware platform? And how do we continue to make sure that they feel great about their investment in what we’ve built. I want us to continue to innovate, so people on our console feel like we’re making investments in console that match the commitment they are making to us.”
Even if Xbox had plans to bring Game Pass to PlayStation and Nintendo consoles, the idea of it alone seems wildly impossible. Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service that offers hundreds of games for free for a monthly charge – the same games that are available for sale on PlayStation and Nintendo online stores. Why would a company promote such a service and hamper its own sales?
Xbox’s best bet to proliferate Game Pass would be to bring it to every screen possible – something they can achieve with Xbox Cloud, which is available on mobile devices and certain TVs. But Xbox Cloud is still a nascent service and is not widely available (it’s not available in the Middle East, for example), but innovating in it, improving its stability and adding to its infrastructure would be the way to go to make Game Pass available for all kinds of users.
In the same interview, Spencer also hinted at some improvements coming to Xbox achievements, saying, “There’s a hardware roadmap, there’s a service roadmap, maybe there’s even a roadmap for improvements to Xbox achievements, which I know is something that you and many others care about.”
Mufaddal Fakhruddin has been writing about games and technology for the past 15 years. He has lost count as to how many reviews he has written over the years, but he is sure headphone reviews make up at least 70% of that.