The release of the Xbox Series X and Series S is imminent. The Xbox boss explains the games that will be used to improve Game Pass even further in the future.
Who spoke there? Xbox boss Phil Spencer was in an interview with Gamereactor and spoke about topics related to the new Xbox Series X and the Xbox Game Pass.
Because even with the new consoles, the Game Pass will be an argument for some players that speak for or against a purchase. For Microsoft’s strategy, the pass as a “gamer flat rate” is essential. It goes without saying that we want to improve this pass further.
Spencer told us what, in his opinion, is still missing in the Game Pass in order to improve the offer even further. The focus is on games for everyone.
What is Xbox Game Pass? You can think of this service as a “Netflix for gamers”. You pay a sum per month and you can choose from over 200 games that you can then play at no additional cost. These include new games such as Crusader Kings 3 or Microsoft Flight Simulator. The selection is regularly updated and filled with fresh games.
The pass will also be expanded to include games from EA, making it even more blatant.
What is still missing from the collection?
Here’s what Spencer says: In an interview with Gamereactor, Spencer was asked if he was happy with the current line-up, or if there was a particular genre or type of studio that he thought was still missing.
If we look at what people are playing on Xbox, what Game Pass subscribers are playing, then I think what is missing from our portfolio is casual content with a wide audience.
E-rated content is not one of our strengths. We have Minecraft, of course, and we have some other franchises. But when I think about expanding the creative range that our teams have, I think that’s extremely important.
By E-rated content, Spencer means an E-rating on the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). The E category corresponds to “Everyone”, so it is suitable for everyone. The only restriction is that games with an e-rating are suitable for ages 6 and up. The EC rating would be suitable for children aged 3 and over.
Spencer explained that teams who can tell new stories and build franchises are always in demand and in the future, there will be more developers who can do that.
More single-player for the Game Pass
What about single players? Spencer emphasizes that single-player games also play an important role in Game Pass. For the Game Pass subscription, games that have a beginning, a middle, and an end could be really strong. After that, people could play the next game.
“Maybe these are narrative single-player games. I’ve just finished Tell Me Why, a fantastic game by DontNod. ”
He explains that he wants a mix of a multiplayer and single player in Game Pass, all of which are played. And not just the one or two games that everyone then plays.
Which games are you missing in the Game Pass? Do you think a certain genre falls short and is Spencer right in his assessment?
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