Phil Spencer, Xbox boss, reassures Xbox and PC Game Pass subscribers about potential price increases.
As Microsoft buys more and more studios, Bethesda last year and Activision Blizzard this year, players are afraid that this sudden notoriety in the world of gaming will have a negative impact on the price of the services offered by the firm. In question, the Xbox Game Pass which defies all competition in terms of value for money. However, Phil Spencer wants to be reassuring on this subject.
The boss of Xbox has indeed sent a very special message to subscribers who think that the price of Game Pass will necessarily increase one day or another. Indeed, everything supports this theory. With each takeover, Microsoft makes many successful AAA productions available in the catalog for all subscribers, at no additional cost. In an interview, Phil Spencer answers:
” [Les gens demandent] when will the Game Pass price go up? [Microsoft] buy all these studios and it became inevitable [pour eux]. Even if it’s been what, four years now that we haven’t increased it. Xbox has a history and all I can do is make the right decisions and try to be explicit about our goals. »
A decision subject to change
And for the moment, no price increase seems to be in the program. As a reminder, the Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service offered by Microsoft on Xbox and PC. It is available at a price of €9.99 per month for standard access which gives you access to a large library of games that is regularly renewed. For €12.99, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also gives you access to the cloud, Xbox Live Gold and the EA Play game library.
This question will surely be put back on the carpet as soon as the takeover of Activision Blizzard is approved by the competent authorities, who will judge its possible anti-competitive nature. The answer should reach us at the start of 2023, after which Microsoft will be able to definitively integrate the studio’s games into its service. We will therefore see by then whether the valuation of the Game Pass will be redesigned.
Starfield, the best game on Xbox?
He also talked about upcoming games on Xbox, including Bethesda’s next hit, Starfield. According to him, the title should clearly become “ Todd Howard’s most played game of all time. That says a lot about the quality one should expect, and the studio’s overall ambitions for this interstellar adventure game. On our side, we are also really looking forward to being able to get our hands on it.