“The other competitive platforms really aren’t interested in having a full Xbox experience on their hardware,” he added. “But for us, we want to be where gamers want to be and that’s the path that we’re on.”
This last quote is interesting, as it suggests that Microsoft may already have had discussions with other platform holders to assess interest in providing the “full Xbox experience” on their hardware. Early last year, rumors began to arise suggesting that Xbox Games Pass would be made available on Nintendo Switch, a story made more believable by the fact that Microsoft games such as Minecraft and Hellblade are available on the console.
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A few months later, Xbox head of gaming services Ben Decker told GameReactor that “we would like to see Game Pass on all platforms ultimately and I think that is a long term goal.”
But reading into Spencer’s latest words, it could be that Microsoft has had talks with other platform holders and ultimately failed to come to an agreement on the kind of experience they could offer Game Pass subscribers. Or perhaps Microsoft has simply decided internally that it does not want to pursue this ambition in quite the all-encompassing manner that had previously suggested.
While the multi-platform Xbox dream may be less likely now, we still think Xbox Game Pass on Switch would benefit Microsoft, Nintendo, and players.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer.