Seems like Microsoft is gearing up for a new chapter of console wars. Yesterday the company announced that it will be combining two of the most popular Xbox live services into one – Project xCloud and Xbox Game Pass will become Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. The new service will be an all-inclusive subscription allowing users to use practically every Microsoft’s gaming ecosystem with a single payment.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will give players access to cloud gaming, meaning that they can play their games wherever they are, Xbox Game Pass (console and PC) library, including early access to new games, limited demos, in-game loot and so on.
In a special blog post Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, stated that with this new service their main goal is to make gaming more inclusive, more immersive, more connected, and more social.
“At Xbox, we listen to what you – players, game developers, and content creators – tell us you want from the future of gaming. Based on your feedback, we’re building a future where you and your friends can play the deepest, most immersive and interactive games ever created across your Xbox console, PC, and mobile devices.”
His post continues to iterate on Xbox’s commitment to the community, stating that the team will tackle harassment and toxicity with the new technology, will work on cross-generation titles through backward compatibility and much much more. This is an interesting read and might swing the momentum of the next-gen pickering over to Xbox. In combination with some big new titles that we’re hoping to see in the coming Xbox Games Showcase, this might pack quite a punch to Sony.
And where’s competition among the competitors, end-customers always win. Congratulations in advance!