Xbox boss Phil Spencer has spoken with Epic CEO Tim Sweeney about bringing Xbox Game Pass to other consoles.
In an August 2020 email exchange that emerged during the ongoing testing of Epic v. Apple, Spencer told Sweeney he “got his point” about bringing xCloud, the codename of Xbox Game Pass’s cloud game streaming service, to other platforms.
“[I] I haven’t given up, ”Spencer said regarding the matter.
Interestingly, Spencer downplayed the possibility of Game Pass hitting other platforms just a month before this email to Sweeney.
Last July, he said in an interview that “the thing about other game console platforms is that we can’t offer a full Xbox experience on those platforms.”
He explained that Microsoft’s ideal scenario would be to bring the entire Xbox experience – Game Pass, saved games, achievements, friend lists, and more – to other platforms, which is what Cloud Gaming currently does on mobile devices. However, he said that “the other competitive platforms are not really interested in having a full Xbox experience on their hardware.”
However, in both cases, Spencer’s comments suggest that Xbox has at least had conversations with rivals PlayStation and Nintendo about bringing Game Pass to their platforms. Also, since this exchange was in August, the “other competitive platforms” may have changed their stance.
Nintendo has a history of working with Xbox
It’s worth noting that PlayStation doesn’t seem as willing to work with the other incumbents on the platform, given its years of resistance to cross-play. There has also been no evidence to suggest that the company is interested in Game Pass, especially when it has its PlayStation Plus and Now services and reportedly a Game Pass “backlash” in the works.
Nintendo, on the other hand, does not offer any services like Game Pass and at the same time has a solid history of working with Xbox. When PlayStation initially blocked cross-play on its platform, Xbox and Nintendo partnered to promote the feature on. Minecraft.
Additionally, Xbox has worked with Nintendo to bring their Banjo-Kazooie and Minecraft Steve characters to the hugely popular of the Japanese gaming giant Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. When Banjo came to Smash, Spencer noted that Xbox “has a great relationship” with Nintendo’s third-party team.
Overall, Spencer has repeatedly praised Nintendo in the past and he even recently appeared in a documentary to express your admiration for the company.
It’s also important to note that rumors have circulated that Xbox and Nintendo could be working together on something big like Game Pass on Switch. This all started in 2019 when Direct Feed Games reported that Game Pass would be coming to Switch via xCloud. Later-Game informer editor Imran Khan, a reporter with his own history of accurate leaks, backed by Direct Feed history at the time.
While nothing credible has emerged since then, many fans have been paying close attention to the backgrounds of Spencer and other Xbox executives during video calls for the past few months. In particular, a Nintendo Switch has been observed to appear in the background of various Xbox streams.
While that may seem like a coincidence in most cases, it has become something of an official trend from Spencer teases upcoming Xbox ads on her shelf, like the Xbox Series S before its official presentation.
Jeff Grubb, a renowned journalist from VentureBeat, has also recorded that “Pretty much everything” on Spencer’s shelf is a hint of some kind. Known Insider Info ‘Shpeshal_Ed’ has also suggested that “the cat seems out of place on Nintendo and Xbox” following repeated observations from Switch fans on Xbox broadcasts. “You’ll hear more in the fall,” he joked.
Ultimately, you still need to take all of this with a grain of salt until the official news comes from Xbox and Nintendo. That said, the fact that Spencer has been actively pushing for Game Pass on other platforms behind the scenes, along with all the other evidence, suggests that there is at least a legitimate chance that it could happen.
Via: Tom warren