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Xbox Boss takes aim at possible competitor to PlayStation’s Game Pass

Over the past year or so, Xbox Game Pass has become a huge draw for Microsoft’s platform. Naturally, the success of the subscription service has led to rumors that PlayStation may create a competitor for Game Pass (apparently named Spartacus), and some reports have even pointed to a spring release window. Speaking to IGN, Xbox boss Phil Spencer was asked about these rumors and what he thinks about the prospect of PlayStation offering a similar service. Spencer said a Game Pass competitor was always “inevitable” and sees this as encouragement for Xbox to continue to seek new ways to compete.

“I don’t really see it as validation. In fact, when I talk to our teams, I talk about it as a fatality. So for us, we have to keep innovating, keep being competitive, because things who we do might be advantages that we have in the market today, but they’re just based on us going first, not that we’ve created something that no one else can create.” Spencer told IGN’s Ryan McCaffrey. “I like it because it feeds our energy on what next things we should be working on as we continue to develop the things we’ve done in the past. Because I think the right answer is to deliver great games , ship ’em to PC, ship ’em to console, ship ’em to cloud, make ’em available day 1 in subscription and hopefully that’s what our competitor will do.

Spencer’s take is refreshing in its positivity! This generation’s Xbox business model has been very different from PlayStation’s approach. While PlayStation is just beginning to embrace PC versions and (potentially) a Game Pass-inspired subscription service, these are concepts that Xbox has been pushing in a major way. For the video game industry to continue to thrive, companies like Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo will need to keep looking for new ways to innovate. Game Pass may be Xbox’s big claim to fame at the moment, but it remains to be seen what the future holds!

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