On another day, another gaming-related leak emerged from the Epic Games lawsuit against Apple, this time relating to Xbox Game Pass for other platforms.
Yesterday, Epic Games and Apple’s Discovery Time revealed some inside gaming news. Among the information nuggets presented yesterday was that Sony has apparently gone all out Prohibit crossplay, although it is offered exclusively from the studio behind one of the largest gaming franchises to date.
Today, The Verge revealed releases between Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, and Xbox CEO Phil Spencer, that Microsoft has been considering removing the Xbox Live walled garden for Xbox gamers for some time. Thanks to the little pressure from Sweeney and his hugely popular Fortnite estate, the two had been discussing the idea of a splashy announcement to coincide with Epic’s public battle against Apple.
In an email to Spencer, Sweeney introduced the following:
“Epic has certain plans for August that will provide an exceptional opportunity to highlight the value proposition of consoles and PCs as opposed to mobile platforms and to engage new console users. I am currently unable to disclose details to anyone I assure you that Epic is Microsoft, Xbox, and Windows will provide positive and supportive support. “
Obviously, things didn’t quite go according to plan, but Microsoft eventually removed the Xbox Live gate-keeping feature, which was just a stone’s throw away from their common interest, to give more players additional multiplayer functionality.
However, it also revealed that Microsoft wanted to roll out its relatively popular Xbox Game Pass subscription service to other platforms as well.
Spencer will not passively discuss Sweeney xCloud on other platforms with the reference “Not Abandoned” until August 6, 2020. A lot has happened since August last year, but in many ways xCloud is still ready for Trojan horse route to other consoles such as PCs and smartphones. Enabling cloud saves for game progression and continued pressure on cross-play seem to make Xbox Game Pass an inevitability for gamers who don’t want to buy the same game across multiple platforms.
Naturally, Nintendo and Sony are resistant As studios like Activision and EA continue to partner with Microsoft to distribute their games, it seems like only a matter of time before players from other platforms find value in a $ 20 recurring subscription to the game more traditional $ 70 per game.