For Xbox boss Phil Spencer it is inevitable that competition will come for the subscription offer


In an interview with colleagues from IGN, Phil Spencer, head of the Xbox division at Microsoft, commented on the rumors that Sony would soon be presenting its own variant of Game Pass. These rumors were fueled, among other things, by a patent that suggests extended backwards compatibility for the PlayStation 5, changes in the PlayStation Now sales system, or the multi-level pricing system for the new subscription service that could replace PlayStation Plus.

For Spencer, that’s not only “inevitable” but also “the right answer” to get the games out to consumers. Many of those things were tied together at Xbox, from backwards compatibility, to simultaneous delivery to PC and console gamers, to Game Pass and cross-platform offerings.

He goes on to say: “I think the right answer is to give customers the ability to play the games they want to play, where they want to play them, and give them choices in how they build their library, and be transparent with them be what the plans are in terms of our PC initiatives and our cross-gen initiatives and other things.”

Accordingly, he sees Sony’s possible subscription service as a logical consequence of developments within the games industry: “[…] what we have on the market today is based solely on being first, not on having created something no one else can. I like that because it focuses our energy on what to work on next as we continue to build on the things we’ve done in the past. Because I think the right answer is to get great games out there, on PC, on console, in the cloud, and make them available on a day-one subscription basis. And I expect our competitor will do just that.”