Why Microsoft Changed Its Stance On Xbox Games On Nintendo Switch, According To Phil Spencer
The team over at Microsoft has expressed interest in the past regarding Xbox games on the Nintendo Switch platform, but it looks like that interest may have evolved since those initial comments. Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently sat down to talk about acquisitions, renewed first-party focus, and more, but he also opened up on why the company's stance has changed despite its positive working relationship with the Big N.
In a recent interview with GameReactor, Spencer went into more detail about where the company is currently at regarding their titles on Nintendo Switch platforms. While we've already seen some bleed-over between systems, it was assumed that there would be a bigger presence than there is now.
When talking about Xbox and Nintendo's partnership, Spencer began reiterating his philosophy that games should be played without limits, "If I start at the highest level, I believe great games should be able to be played by as many people as possible. I believe that in my core. I love this art form of video games, the interactivity, and the community around it. Both the social discussions, the camaraderie that you and I might feel as we are doing a Destiny strike together, and so on. I love the fact that games can bridge political lines, geographical lines, socioeconomic lines, and religious lines. Online I'm just P3 playing on Xbox Live, you might be whatever you are, and I think that is an awesome, awesome thing about gaming. That is not an Xbox thing, that is true of our industry. So, when I think about games, I want games to be played by as many people as possible, that is part of our strategy at Xbox."
That being said, what does that mean for Xbox specifically? He added:
PlayStation and Xbox have two very wildly different strategies going into next gen, something we broke down extensively a few weeks ago. While Microsoft is less concerned about hardware sales than Sony and is more focused on gaming services, that doesn't mean that they don't care about their own systems and its evolving ecosystem. The Xbox brand is on the precipice of change, a much needed transformation following the disastrous launch that was the early Xbox One era. The company has been making phenomenal leaps into that change, despite it being a lengthy and - at times - a slow moving process.
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