Phil Spencer, the outspoken Microsoft executive vice president of Gaming, has lately been changing the gaming landscape. By undertaking more cross-platform endeavors, Spencer is shaking up the industry foundation that gamers have known for the past couple decades to more or less of a degree, as illustrated by the latest news that Xbox Live would be coming to Switch. So, it may come as no surprise that Spencer is wanting to potentially offer Xbox Game Pass on Sony platforms.
In a discussion with GeekWire, Spencer dished a bit more on expanding cross-platform possibilities.
“’We want to bring Game Pass to any device that somebody wants to play on,’” Spencer told GeekWire. He added that “’the business model allows for people to consume and find games that they wouldn’t have played in any other space.’”
Spencer went on to say that “’selling access to games’” in available venues are the core of success in the game industry. The statement is certainly in line with the Project xCloud service Microsoft announced last year, which entails being able to stream console games, such as Halo, on mobile devices.
All in all, Spencer’s sentiment holds true to their cross-platform activity in recent years. By offering cross-platform play in games like Fortnite, Minecraft, and Rocket League, Microsoft is definitely showing it is willing to meet at the table with the other industry giants for expanding the playing field. While Spencer did not explicitly mention Sony in the statement, his desire for Microsoft’s games to be played on “any device” sort of offers that takeaway. In any case, it is easy to appreciate Spencer’s optimism and forward-thinking mentality.
With the Game Developers Conference coming up, there’s no telling what might be down the road for Microsoft and its services. Stay tuned for that later this month.