There have been a LOT of rumors going around the Xbox Game Pass over the last few months. Mainly because multiple insiders were reporting that Microsoft and Nintendo were somehow going to go and work together to bring the service to the Nintendo Switch. Which would obviously open up MANY possibilities for the future. However, according to Phil Spencer, this isn’t going to happen.
While doing an interview with GamesRadar, Phil Spencer said the following on the topic:
“We have no plans to bring it to any other kind of closed platforms right now, mainly because those closed platforms don’t want something like Game Pass. There’s a ton of open platforms out there for us to grow in: the web, PC, and mobile. So all of our focus, frankly, is on those platforms.”
Which makes sense when you think about it because why bring the Xbox Game Pass to another system when you have ones directly connected to yours that you can build upon? However, Spencer also said something rather poetic about the game industry as a whole after that:
“For us to succeed, I don’t think another company has to get smaller,” he said. “That war might help one device win over another device, but it doesn’t help the industry,” Spencer explained. “I believe focusing on player joy, ease of play, and accessibility, in the long run, is the right strategy. And I think the industry will move in that direction, because that’s what gamers will demand.”
We definitely support that mindset, and appreciate him saying it out loud.