Xbox’s Phil Spencer Responds to Rumors of Sony’s Game Pass Competitor: “Inevitable”

Rumors of Sony’s Xbox Game Pass-esque competitor, “Spartacus,” Xbox’s Phil Spencer weighed in on his thoughts, saying he sees it as an inevitability in the video game industry.

Speaking to IGN, Spencer explains that there are many different factors that come into play with a service like Game Pass, such as backwards compatibility, simultaneous releases on both PC and console. He emphasizes that customers should be able to choose how and where they want to play their games and be transparent about PC and cross-gen initiatives.

“So when I hear others doing things like Game Pass or coming to PC, it makes sense to me because I think that’s the right answer,” Spencer says.

He sees Sony’s attempt at a Game Pass subscription not as some sort of validation, but as an inevitability. The initiatives that Xbox is pursuing are advantages it currently has in the industry, and thus the platform holder continues to innovate and is the first to try new approaches.

“I like it because it fuels our energy with what the next things we should be working on as we continue to build on the things we’ve done in the past,” Spencer continues. “Because I think the right answer is to send great games, send them on PC, send them on console, send them on the cloud, make them available on day 1 of the subscription. And I expect our competitor will do the same.”

Sony recently pulled PlayStation Now gift cards from retailers, fueling speculation that the Spartacus initiative will be launched soon. The PS Now branding is reportedly being phased out, as it will be merged with PlayStation Plus when Spartacus arrives.

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