Xbox Game Pass is a video game subscription service offered by Microsoft. However, the company is looking to expand its current boundaries and bring the Pass to everyone. Although Apple doesn’t like that a bit, Microsoft wants to connect its users with iOS. Not to say, they also acquired Zenimax.
Microsoft-Apple possible collaboration
Phil Spencer, the Xbox head honcho, had an interview with CNBC. Many third-party developers complain about how Apple operates. Therefore, Spencer faced some hard questions, including the 30% cut the platform is said to ask. On the other hand, he was asked about the cut done by consoles as well. Well, there is a lot of hypocrisy, even in the game industry. He mentioned that the mobile platform should be opened to more gaming services, referring to the Xbox Game Pass availability on iOS.
“When you get large-scale general compute platforms like mobile phones, people should have access to the great services that are out there, and we remain committed to that,” Spencer noted.
“There are over three billion people who play video games today. Many of them play on phones, and we’re committed to bringing Game Pass out there to all mobile phones, including Apple phones. We’ll continue the conversations, and I’m sure we’ll be able to get to some resolution.”
Microsoft and Zenimax situation
There is no secret Apple has a lot of control over its marketplace. By control, I mean a lot of restrictions. In a way, it makes sense; however, sometimes its too much, especially when it comes to their approach to game streaming services. Microsoft has to stop the xCloud streaming test on iOS very quickly due to Apple’s constrict rules.
However, Apple later decides to allow streaming. On one condition: as long as it works as a catalog service only. You may already know about the Epic lawsuit against Apple, well, Microsft supporting Epic.
Although Microsoft did acquire Zenimax, they will act independently. Spencer mentions in the interview the company won’t interfere with Zenimax Media.
“Our plan is to leave it alone. Zenimax has a great track record in terms of making great games. Our goal is to makeZenimax the best Zenimax they can be, working individually with their studios on the great platform technology that we have, getting their creators’ feedback into the things that we need to go build.”
It would be awesome if Xbox Game Pass extends to iOS; however, let’s see what will happen in the future.