Phil Spencer Says Xbox Game Pass Has Been In Development For Two Years


The Xbox Game Pass is a streaming service that enables Xbox One users to play games for a monthly subscription of $10, sort of similar to what Netflix does with movies and TV shows. The Game Pass will feature some of the best and most popular games ever released for Xbox One and Xbox 360. Xbox head Phil Spencer revealed that the development for the project took around 2-3 years.

Talking to IGN recently, Spencer said that the team has been working on the service for the past two or three years and games going in or out depend on the publishers and developers choice.

He then proceeded to deal with queries related to the Xbox lineup. Despite his confidence in the quality of games launching this year, Spencer has taken note – from the Scalebound question – that it may be a risk to announce products too early as it leaves them vulnerable to backlash from angry fans should everything not go according to plan.

While it was previously stated that the Xbox Game Pass will be an exclusive for the Xbox One, an incorrect statement from Microsoft fueled speculation that it may not exactly be the case.

The Xbox Game Pass’ FAQ initially said:

“Xbox Game Pass will only be available on Xbox One and Windows 10 devices”

The statement though was then changed to say that the service will only launch for Xbox One, so we can certainly rule out a PC release for the time being.

The following is a list of publishers that will be supporting the service:

  • 2K
  • 505 Games
  • BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
  • Capcom
  • Codemasters
  • Deep Silver
  • Focus Home Interactive
  • SEGA
  • THQ Nordic GmbH
  • Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Microsoft Studios

Xbox Game Pass will launch in Spring 2017 for Xbox One only.