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GRTV News - no plans to release Game Pass for PlayStation and Nintendo

Phil Spencer commented on the matter in a recent interview.

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"Hello everyone and welcome back to another episode of GRTV News. It's a new week and we're going to pick up on something that took place very recently. Phil Spencer is an absolute reliability should we say when it comes to giving us important and exciting information relating to Xbox and games and all that good stuff. Recently he gave us a blowout batch of information once again and today we're going to be talking specifically about the plans for Game Pass which he sort of elaborated a bit about during that moment. So let's dive on in and we'll talk a bit more about it afterwards. Phil Spencer, we have no plans to release Game Pass for PlayStation and Nintendo. Instead Microsoft is focusing on making sure people feel great about buying an Xbox. It's been rumoured for quite some time now that Microsoft had plans to release Game Pass to several platforms, mainly then to PlayStation and Nintendo. If you've been hoping for this you can stop dreaming now because it doesn't seem like it's gonna happen in the near future, if ever. In an interview with Windows Central Phil Spencer said that there are no plans to bring Game Pass to either platform at this time. He told the outlet, I'll start by saying we have no plans to bring Game Pass to PlayStation or Nintendo. It's not in our plans but I think you hit right on the point of what it means to own an Xbox. The thing I want to be focused on is how do we continue to innovate for people who've made the commitment to our hardware platform and how do we continue to make sure they feel great about their investment in what we've built. Of course you should never say never but it does look like a very bright future for Game Pass and other platforms at the moment."

"Would you like to see Game Pass for PlayStation and Nintendo? Not exactly a huge surprise there that Spencer doesn't intend to bring Game Pass to PlayStation or Nintendo. I would assume that it's something that they continuously look at doing but I think it's less about Xbox's intentions to bring the subscription service to those platforms and more so those platforms thinking do we really want an Xbox subscription dominating what we do over here. That's the way I kind of see it to be honest but perhaps there's something working underneath the surface that's stopping it. We'll no doubt find out more about that in the future but as Game Pass continues to grow and Xbox itself continues to grow because no doubt there'll be further acquisitions down the line especially when a company of Microsoft's proportions and size is involved. No doubt there'll be further iterations and developments in that regard. I would say that PlayStation or you know Sony PlayStation are the last sort of platform that you'll ever see Game Pass on. If every other platform gets Game Pass then maybe it'll come to PlayStation at some point as well but Nintendo on the other hand because there's generally speaking not a lot of parity between first party titles on Xbox and PlayStation and generally speaking a lot of sort of big console games on Xbox and PlayStation and on Nintendo Switch or Nintendo's platforms. I'd say there is a much larger opportunity and chance for the Game Pass to come to Nintendo Switch in the future but again doesn't look like it's going to be happening anytime soon so I wouldn't hold your breath on it but anyway that's all the time we have in today's episode of GRTV News. We will be back now tomorrow for the next one of the week so until then hope you enjoy your Monday and yeah we'll see you on the next one. Take care everyone."

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