Xbox boss Phil Spencer has recently spoken to GeekWire about what the future holds for Microsoft’s gaming division, during which time he gave a brief glimpse into how Microsoft plans to expand Game Pass and Xbox Live as well as what’s to come with their new streaming service.
When speaking about the expansion of Game Pass, Spencer said that “we want to bring Game Pass to any device that somebody wants to play on”. This is quite a monstrous task, but it will fit hand in hand with the future plans for Xbox Live, as recently it was discovered that Microsoft wants to bring Live to more platforms including Android, iOS, and Switch.
Spencer also spoke out about the reason behind why Microsoft wish to bring Game Pass to more platforms, adding: “Subscription services will ultimately help game publishers because they bring a new audience of people who might be willing to try a game, but don’t want to invest the money upfront to buy one. Not all players want to pay $60 to go and play something that they haven’t heard of before”.
It does seem like a big challenge to bring Game Pass and all the games that require high processing power to a platform such as mobile, however, Microsoft has already thought about that and plan to get around this issue with the launch of their new streaming service, Project xCloud. The service will move all the necessary processing power into the cloud, so as to connect phones to a specially designed server built from Xbox components, meaning there’ll be no need for large consoles to run games such as Halo. This does mean that players will require a large bandwidth to play these big titles though.
Kareem Choudhry, corporate vice president of cloud gaming at Microsoft, said: “We know we aren’t going to sell two billion consoles and there are a lot of markets around the world where a console is not necessarily part of the lifestyle.”
For more information regarding Xbox Live, Game Pass, and potentially xCloud expansion news, look to the Game Developer Conference that is being held in San Francisco between March 18 and March 22, where Microsoft has their own keynote scheduled.
Do you think the leaps that Microsoft is making are the next steps in cross-platform gaming?