Xbox head says he’s “open” to Game Pass coming to PlayStation and Nintendo

“I think for us it's all about priority, and reaching more players”

Xbox head Phil Spencer has said he is “open” to making Xbox Game Pass available on PlayStation and Nintendo consoles.

In an interview with GameReactor, Spencer spoke about the company’s future with Xbox Game Pass, the acquisition of Bethesda and the idea of exclusivity on future games. When asked about the possibility of Game Pass coming to PlayStation and Nintendo consoles, Spencer did not rule out the possibility.

Spencer iterated that the company’s main priority is “reaching more players”, and that the service “will come to iOS at some point”. He noted that, at the moment, the primary focus is “working on some of [the] technology on PC for larger screens in terms of streaming, and getting to iOS”, however, once completed, the company will “look at what the other options are”.


He added that “there’s a lot of discussions” about possible making the Xbox Game Pass available to new devices, and it would “prioritize it based on where we would find the most new players”. Spencer finished by stating that he loves the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation, and while he’s not sure they are “the next big set of users”, he is “open to those discussions”.

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Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox. Credit: Microsoft

During the interview, Spencer also spoke about the release of certain first-party games on the Nintendo Switch, such as the recently release Ori And The Will Of The Wisps. Spencer described decisions such as these as “little anomalies every so often” due to “relationships and certain developers that want to do certain things”.

In terms of the content coming to Xbox Game Pass, Spencer noted that plans for more family friendly content are one of the main focuses. Regarding future acquisitions, the company is looking for “teams that can build new franchises, [and] tell new stories”, he said.

Xbox Game Pass is set to add a massive new perk next month (November 12) in the form of EA Play. Members will now be granted access to a library of EA titles, included in their subscription price.

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