Xbox boss mentioned bringing Game Pass to different consoles with Epic CEO

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Xbox chief Phil Spencer has spoken with Epic CEO Tim Sweeney about probably bringing Xbox Game Pass to different consoles.

In an August 2020 e mail trade that surfaced throughout the ongoing Epic v. Apple trial, Spencer advised Sweeney that he “heard his point” about bringing xCloud — the codename for Xbox Game Pass’ Cloud Gaming streaming service — to different platforms.

“[I] haven’t given up,” Spencer mentioned relating to the matter.

Interestingly, Spencer downplayed the opportunity of Game Pass coming to different platforms only one month previous to this e mail to Sweeney.

Last July, he mentioned in an interview that “the thing about other gaming console platforms is we’re not able to bring a full Xbox experience on those platforms.”

He defined that Microsoft’s supreme situation could be to deliver the whole Xbox expertise — Game Pass, sport saves, Achievements, mates lists and extra — to different platforms, which is what Cloud Gaming at the moment does on cellular. However, he mentioned “the other competitive platforms really aren’t interested in having a full Xbox experience on their hardware.”

In each instances, although, Spencer’s feedback recommend that Xbox has had at the very least had conversations with rivals PlayStation and Nintendo about bringing Game Pass to their platforms. Further, provided that this trade was in August, it’s doable that the “other competitive platforms” might have modified their stance.

Nintendo has a historical past of working with Xbox

It’s price noting that PlayStation hasn’t seemed to be so prepared to work with the opposite platform holders, given its years-long resistance to cross-play. There hasn’t been any proof to recommend the corporate is inquisitive about Game Pass, both, particularly when it has its PlayStation Plus and Now companies and a Game Pass “counterpunch” reportedly within the works.

Nintendo, alternatively, doesn’t supply any service like Game Pass whereas additionally having a stable historical past of working with Xbox. When PlayStation initially blocked cross-play on its platform, Xbox and Nintendo partnered to advertise the function in Minecraft.

Additionally, Xbox has labored with Nintendo to deliver its Banjo-Kazooie and Minecraft Steve characters to the Japanese gaming big’s massively standard Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. When Banjo got here to Smash, Spencer famous that Xbox “has a great relationship” with Nintendo’s third-party staff.

Overall, Spencer has repeatedly praised Nintendo prior to now and even just lately appeared in a documentary to specific his admiration for the corporate.

It’s additionally vital to notice that rumours have been circulating that Xbox and Nintendo may be working collectively on one thing large like Game Pass on Switch. These all began in 2019 when Direct Feed Games reported that Game Pass would come to Switch by way of xCloud. Then-Game Informer editor Imran Khan — a reporter along with his personal historical past of correct leaks — vouched for Direct Feed’s observe report on the time.

While nothing credible has actually sprung up ever since, many followers have been paying shut consideration to Spencer and different Xbox executives’ backgrounds throughout video calls over the previous few months. In specific, it’s been famous {that a} Nintendo Switch has appeared within the background of a number of Xbox streams.

While that may seem to be a coincidence normally, it’s change into one thing of an official pattern of Spencer teasing upcoming Xbox bulletins on his shelf, such because the Xbox Series S earlier than its official unveiling.

Jeff Grubb, a good journalist for VentureBeat, has additionally gone on the report to say that “pretty much everything” on Spencer’s shelf is a touch of some sort. Known insider ‘Shpeshal_Ed’ has additionally instructed that “the cat seems out of the bag on Nintendo and Xbox” following followers’ repeated observations of the Switch in Xbox streams. “You’ll hear more in the fall,” he teased.

Ultimately, it’s best to nonetheless take all of this with a grain of salt till official phrase comes from Xbox and Nintendo. That mentioned, the truth that Spencer has been actively pushing for Game Pass on different platforms behind-the-scenes — coupled with all the different proof — suggests there’s at the very least a reputable likelihood that it might occur.

Via: Tom Warren 

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