The video game industry is weird at the minute, so it’s perhaps no surprise that Microsoft bigwig Phil Spencer has been asked whether Xbox Game Pass could come to other consoles, like the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Obviously, the answer is no, but given the executive’s platform agnostic approach in recent years, we can understand why some outlets would be eager to grill the talkative suit on the topic.
“In places where we have brought Xbox, like mobile phones like we’re doing now with Project xCloud and with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on PC, we know when somebody is playing one of our Xbox games there is an expectation that they’ve got their Xbox Live community, they have their Achievements,” he explained. “The other competitive platforms really aren’t interested in having a full Xbox experience on their hardware. But for us, we want to be where gamers want to be and that’s the path that we’re on.”
Sony, of course, wants PS5 and PS4 owners to be purchasing games through the PlayStation Store and subscribing to services like PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now, so it’s not going to forego all of that revenue in favour of offering Xbox Game Pass as an option. The same is true of Nintendo, too. But then, you didn’t really need this article to tell you that, did you?