Ed Fries, who was one of the creators of the original Xbox, said he was “scared” by the success of the Xbox Game Pass model.
Ed Fries , who was a key member of Microsoft’s initial team behind Xbox , was recently interviewed by the Xbox Expansion Pass channel and said he was, among other things, “scared” about Xbox Game Pass and the impact. that this might have on the market.
According to Ed Fries’ vision, the fear derives from the fact that the model proposed by Xbox Game Pass follows the same path seen by Spotify in the music field and could therefore have the same consequences, namely a decline in video game sales as it has been recorded. a drop in sales of individual music tracks on the market.
It must be said that Ed Fries left Microsoft shortly after the launch of the first Xbox in 2004 , which is 18 years ago and clearly has no data on which to base his consideration, but his impression is dictated by the idea that emerges from the music market.
To tell the truth, even the trend of this and the alleged negative influence on the part of Spotify are much debated at the moment, so the discussion remains largely on subjective impressions and considerations.
In any case, in the interview he also reports that he has great faith in Phil Spencer’s work and considers Xbox Game Pass very positive from the consumer’s point of view, while his concern concerns sales from the point of view of developers and publishers, although there are no clear data, at the moment, on the possible negative influence of the subscription services on the sale of the games.