Spencer Is Open To Having Mixer on PlayStation; Says Early Feedback on Game Pass Is “Really Strong”

Alessio Palumbo
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Yesterday, Microsoft announced the renaming of Beam to Mixer (apparently, they couldn't use the Beam name globally).

A slew of interesting new features was revealed, such as the ability for up to 4 streamers can combine their streams into a single viewer experience. But Mixer also launched a beta app for iOS and Android, allowing streaming even from mobile devices.

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Still, it was a bit surprising to learn from Head of Xbox division Phil Spencer that Mixer might even end up on other platforms, including PlayStation's.

Phil Spencer also revealed that the early feedback and sign ups for Xbox Game Pass, the new Netflix-like subscription program for the Xbox One console, is "really strong". He then added that while Microsoft expects some games entering and leaving Game Pass each month, the vast majority of the titles should be available for several months.

Spencer previously stated that he believes Game Pass could provide developers with an alternative business model for their story based single player games. We'll have to see whether this Netflix-like model can be successful in the gaming industry, though.

I’ve looked at things like Netflix and HBO, where great content has been created because there’s this subscription model. Shannon Loftis and I are thinking a lot about, well, could we put story-based games into the Xbox Game Pass business model because you have a subscription going? It would mean you wouldn’t have to deliver the whole game in one month; you could develop and deliver the game as it goes.

We’re in a golden age of television right now. The storytelling ability in TV today is really high, and I think it’s because of the business model. I hope as an industry we can think about the same. [Subscription services] might spur new story-based games coming to market because there’s a new business model to help support their monetisation.

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