Xbox head say he’s “open” to Game Pass coming to PlayStation and Nintendo


Xbox head say he’s “open” to Game Pass coming to PlayStation and Nintendo

Xbox head Phil Spencer has said he is “open” to Game Pass operating on both PlayStation and Nintendo based hardware.

In an interview with GameReactor, Spencer spoke about the company’s future with Xbox Game Pass, the acquisition of Bethesda, and the idea of exclusivity on future games. When asked about the possibility of Game Pass coming to PlayStation and Nintendo owned systems, Spencer did not rule out the possibility.

In response to question, Spencer iterated his the company’s main priority is “reaching more players”, and that the service “will come to iOS at some point”. At the moment, the primary focus is “working on some of [the] technology on PC for larger screens in terms of streaming, and getting to iOS”, however, once completed, the company will “look at what the other options are”.


He added that “there’s a lot of discussions” the company would have in moving Xbox Game Pass to new devices, and it would “prioritize it based on where we would find the most new players”. Spencer finished by stating that he loves the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation, and while he’s not sure they are “the next big set of users”, he is “open to those discussions.”

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Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox. Credit: Microsoft

During the interview, Spencer also spoke about the release of certain first-party games on the Nintendo Switch, such as the recently release Ori And The Will Of The Wisps. Spencer described decisions such as these as “little anomalies every so often” due to “relationships and certain developers that want to do certain things”. However, he reinforced the commitment to Xbox systems and PC, and building a sense of expectation for the player base that first-party games will always be released on those systems.

In terms of the content coming to Xbox Game Pass, Spencer also delved into what the company hopes to achieve for the future. Plans for more family friendly content are one of the main focuses, and when looking for future acquisitions, the company is looking for “teams that can build new franchises, [and] tell new stories.”

Spencer finished by revealing a tease of the two most exciting unannounced projects he is most looking forward to. The first is by developer Complusion, the team behind We Happy Few. Spencer didn’t reveal much, but explained that he “love[s] their ability to create new worlds and unique settings”. Additionally, he also commented on the new developer, The Initiative’s work, describing what he has played as “amazing”.


Xbox Game Pass is set to add a massive new perk next month (November 12) in the form of EA Play. Members will now be granted access to a library of EA titles, included in their subscription price.


Published at Mon, 26 Oct 2020 18:17:25 +0000

Watch the full walkthrough of the Xbox Series consoles

Microsoft has released a 15 minute video which details the Xbox Series consoles boot up, unique features, and new controller implementations.

The in-depth video gave fans a complete rundown of what players can expect once they boot up the Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S on launch day, talking through new unique features such as quick resume, auto-HDR, and the controller’s new share button.

Launching the console takes seconds and players are greeted with a new dynamic backdrop, which is exclusive for the Xbox Series consoles. Beyond this, the video also highlighted the consoles’ quick resume feature, allowing players to jump from multiple games within a few seconds. The feature was demonstrated as the console was shown to jump from Gears 5, to Dirt 5, before finally moving onto Subnautica.


The latter game was also shown utilising the recently announced auto-HDR function, which injects artificial HDR into backwards compatible titles that originally did not support the feature. Subnautica was seen with more defining colours and crisper visuals, utilising the full power of the Xbox Series consoles.

New features coming to the Xbox Series consoles controller were also showcased. The main new inclusion is the share button, which grants the ability to quickly save media without pausing the game. As shown in the video, a simple press will take a screenshot, whilst holding down the button will save a short clip of gameplay.

Check out the full walkthrough below:

Other aspects of the next-gen systems were also disclosed, including brand new advanced networking hardware, which is designed to take full advantage of players’ WiFi for maximum download speeds.

The integration with the Xbox application on mobile devices was also briefly discussed and how it will allow players to use many of the same features available on the console. Remote play was also detailed, allowing gamers to stream their favourite games to their mobile device and resume playing.


The company also recently revealed its full list of launch titles coming to both systems on November 12, including games that are set to receive next-gen enhancement patches on launch day.


Published at Mon, 26 Oct 2020 17:29:57 +0000



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