One of the biggest changes to Xbox In business for the past five years is the introduction of Xbox Game Pass. Microsoft Games CEO Phil Spencer has been its biggest champion, and according to a new filing, a major reason Microsoft took a chance on the experimental game service in the first place.
In a profile of The Wall Street Journal, Xbox Game Pass – a paid monthly service that players can download and play from a library of games, including Xbox first-party titles – born of Microsoft’s success with the services business cloud. But that’s never a guarantee that Microsoft will implement the proposal.
“During the meetings, Mr. Spencer’s staff will present arguments for why Game Pass won’t work – publishers won’t participate, or it will eat into the bottom line,” said Richard Irving, Xbox veteran said.
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“'[Phil Spencer] Irving added, Spencer is at the heart of pushing forward with Xbox Game Pass. “He was always trying to find a way to make it work.”
While Xbox Game Pass has been touted as a success with around 25 million subscribers. It is reported that PlayStation is working on a similar service codenamed Project Spartacus.
Unlike Netflix, which streams movies and TV shows to devices, Game Pass subscribers can download games to their local PC or console, though Xbox also offers Streaming. through the cloud. Another feature of Xbox Game Pass is being able to access first-party Xbox titles the day they’re released.
Spencer is set to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 25th Annual DICE Awards for his work at Microsoft, which included the introduction of services like Game Pass. He has also overseen major Xbox acquisitions including Activision Blizzard and last year ZeniMax Media.
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