Phil Spencer Is ‘Open To Discussions’ About Xbox Game Pass On Switch

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Phil Spencer Is ‘Open To Discussions’ About Xbox Game Pass On Switch
Xbox Game Pass coming to Nintendo Switch? Not yet, but it's not out of the question.

After strongly denying Xbox Game Pass would arrive on consoles like the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation, Xbox head Phil Spencer said he’s more open to these discussions than previously stated.

In a recent interview, Spencer told GameReactor the priority for Xbox Game Pass was to reach more players, with its extension to other consoles in doubt, but not out of the question. When GameReactor asked about the status of Xbox Game Pass on consoles like the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation, Spencer stated the reason they hadn’t pursued them yet was a desire to focus on larger audience bases, rather than a reluctance to extend the service to all consoles.

“We went to mobile next because there’s a billion Android phones on the planet. It’s significantly larger than any console player base. We still have iOS to go after, we will come to iOS at some point. … There’s smart TV’s out there, there’s Chromebooks out there, there’s FireTV out there, there’s a lot of discussions we would have, we would prioritise it based on where we would find the most new players, that we could naturally bring content to. I love the Switch, I love PlayStation, honestly, I think they’ve done an amazing job as being a part of this industry. I’m not sure that those are the next big set of users for us, but we could be open to those discussions.”

This follows comments Spencer made earlier in the year indicating there was ‘no interest’ in porting Xbox Game Pass to other consoles because it wouldn’t replicate the ‘full Xbox experience’. While it’s not exactly a total backflip, it does leave the question far more open than before with the potential for discussions to take place, at the very least.

Already, the Nintendo Switch is home to excellent Xbox games like Ori and the Blind Forest, Ori and the Will of the Wisps and Super Lucky’s Tale, but the majority of the Xbox’s game catalogue is still fairly exclusive. A streaming service like Xbox Game Pass could bridge this exclusivity gap and provide access to hundreds of excellent Xbox titles to all Nintendo Switch or PlayStation gamers.

With Xbox focusing on accessibility in this new console generation, it could be a positive leap in the right direction.

But while Spencer’s comments are encouraging, and hint at a potential change in attitude towards Xbox Game Pass-exclusivity, for now, it appears the pairing will be remain the stuff of our hopes and dreams.

Comments

    • There is no way Nintendo would let their stuff on another console. They are pretty hard on about running only on their hardware and they are solely a gaming company.

      Microsoft has an Xbox department.

      • That was true for a long time but Nintendo’s been facing a lot of pressure from its major investors and shareholders to branch out for a while now.
        The Switch might’ve settled them a little but with the surging interest in game streaming it’s always a possibility.

        Truth is I know damn well that MS is not interested in hosting its the stores and services of its competitors until it’s completely locked down the game streaming market.

        • There would be a lot of synergy of Nintendo & Xbox having a partnership thats for sure, as they service opposite ends of he market atm.

    • Of course they would. But those platforms pretty much live and die with their exclusives.

      I don’t see why Xbox would go to PS (Nintendo wouldn’t be a shock, considering they’re a different sort of market/area). They’d be buying all these studios to make exclusives, but then not end up with any.

      OFC it would be a limited market since GamePass would only be streaming on the other platforms for exclusives

  • Honestly Xbox Game Pass on Nintendo Switch is not going to happen Phil Spencer so fucking deal with it and why don’t you consider bringing Banjo-Kazooie over on the Nintendo Switch?
    How about you do that?

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