Is Xbox Game Pass unstoppable, Microsoft's biggest killer app?

Is Xbox Game Pass unstoppable, Microsoft's biggest killer app?

Is Xbox Game Pass unstoppable

Xbox Game Pass continues to amaze, within a few days Microsoft announced an avalanche of new games (coming and already available) for subscribers to the service on Xbox, PC and Android. Is Game Pass the biggest killer app in Microsoft's hands right now?

You can't ignore the role Game Pass plays in the Xbox ecosystem since all Microsoft releases are available on the Pass per day one and more, as demonstrated by the case of Outriders arriving on Game Pass on April 1st, simultaneously with the launch on all platforms. Subscribers to the service will be able to play for free, from the day of the launch, with one of the most anticipated games of the spring ... not bad right? Among the new Xbox Game Pass games of March we also find Yakuza 6 (Xbox, PC and Cloud), NieR Automata (PC), Star Wars Squadrons as part of the EA Play service and Octopath Traveler for Xbox, announced as a surprise and ready to debut the March 25 on the Microsoft console.

And what about the Bethesda games released on Xbox Game Pass to celebrate the marriage between Microsoft and Zenimax? Over 20 titles available including Dishonored 2, Prey, Fallout 4, Wolfenstein II The New Colossus and many others, again an absolutely worthy move. The future of Xbox undoubtedly passes through Game Pass, the service is also available on PC and via Cloud on Android, the next step? IOS devices and Smart TVs.

Xbox Head Phil Spencer Says Bethesda Games Will Go Wherever There Is Game Pass

During the Microsoft-Bethesda roundtable livestream, Xbox head Phil Spencer was asked a question about how the partnership will impact exclusivity--will Bethesda games only be on Xbox and PC in the future? Spencer said that while there are 'contractual obligations' that must be fulfilled, the deal will result in exclusive games. To that end, he said the partnership will deliver exclusive games that 'ship on platforms where [Xbox] Game Pass exists.'

Pete Hines threw the question to Spencer, who noted that he has heard the community and wanted to be as clear as he can because he thinks that transparency is fair. After meandering a bit about how 'every Bethesda game [is not] exclusive' due to contractual obligations, Spencer said that Bethesda games will exist on any platform where Xbox Game Pass lives. That means, as of now, Xbox consoles, PC, and mobile devices via cloud streaming.

'If you're an Xbox customer the thing I want you to know is this is about delivering great exclusive games for you, that ship on platforms where [Xbox] Game Pass exists,' Spencer said. 'That's our goal. That's why we're doing this. That's the root of this partnership that we're building and the creative capability we will be able to bring to market for our Xbox customers. It is going to be the best it's ever been for Xbox after we're done here.'

Spencer also clarified that Xbox has games on other platforms--such as Minecraft--that continue to be supported. Bethesda games will fall into this similar category, as Spencer noted that the company 'loves those communities [of players] and will continue to invest in them.'

Immediately after answering this question, Xbox announced that 20 Bethesda games will hit Xbox Game Pass on March 12. This includes both Dishonored titles, the Doom franchise, the most prominent Elder Scrolls games like Morrowind and Oblivion, Prey, Rage 2, and more. Now that March 12 has arrived, the games are available.

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