Microsoft still has plans to bring Xbox Game Pass to other platforms like PlayStation and Nintendo. The subscription service has been making great progress since launching in 2017, adding day one releases of first-party games to differentiate itself from its main service competitor at the moment, PlayStation Plus, plus trading blows with its monthly and annual prices. Whether or not other platforms will play ball with Game Pass is an entirely different story.
Microsoft CFO Tim Stuart recently spoke at the Wells Fargo TMT Summit where he revealed that Game Pass is a “high margin” business for Xbox and the “mission is to bring our first-party experiences, our subscription services to every screen that can play games. That means smart TVs, that means mobile devices, that means what we would have thought of as competitors in the past like PlayStation and Nintendo.”
Stuart said that this isn’t an official announcement of any kind but rather a “change in strategy” going forward for Microsoft, aiming to bring Game Pass to a wider number of platforms in the future. That said, while Xbox and Nintendo have a good working relationship, the outlier is PlayStation which is unlikely to agree to including Game Pass on its consoles – especially since PlayStation Plus, which also offers a large library of games accessible for a monthly price, is doing pretty well for Sony.
In related news, Xbox says it has ‘important announcements’ to make at The Game Awards which takes place on 7 December. It’s unknown what will be announced but fans speculate that it might be the arrival of several Activision-published titles on Game Pass. Others suggest that Xbox could potentially announce a new acquisition, though that might be a far reach considering that the company just blew through $69 billion purchasing Activision Blizzard.