A Former Microsoft Executive Fears Xbox’s Game Pass

Not everybody is thrilled with the way that Microsoft is approaching the video game industry. In fact, former Microsoft executive Ed Fries, who actually helped introduce the world to the Xbox, said that he was “scared” of the impact that Game Pass could have on the industry if it were to become a dominant force like Spotify is for music.

“The one thing that they’re doing that makes me nervous is Game Pass,” Fires said. “Game Pass scares me because there’s a somewhat analogous thing called Spotify that was created for the music business. When Spotify took off it destroyed the music business, it literally cut the annual revenue of the music business in half. It’s made it so people just don’t buy songs anymore.”

Fries then explained how this kind of business model threatens the state of the global gaming industry. He said that we have to be careful to not create the same system for the video game sector.

“Game Pass makes me nervous,” he continued. “As a customer, I love it. I love Spotify as a customer: I have all the songs I’d ever want… it’s a great deal as a customer. But it isn’t necessarily great for the industry. There is industry concern about what might happen if subscriptions become dominant like they have in music and TV. The subscription model doesn’t necessary generate the revenue needed by AAA games, particularly single-player games with no microtransactions… you can see why Sony is reluctant to put its latest releases into PS Plus.”

(All information was provided by Video Games Chronicle)

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