Xbox’s Phil Spencer: Games Industry Needs to ‘Come Together’ Behind Preservation

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Xbox head Phil Spencer belives the games industry needs to “come together” behind video game preservation.

This news comes by way of Episode 81 of the Kinda Funny Gamescast, which saw Spencer discuss his desire for the games industry to come together to preserve the history of gaming. He said he doesn’t want to lose the ability to go back and play older games.

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“I really wish as an industry we’d come together and help preserve the history of what gaming is about so we don’t lose the ability to go back,” Spencer said. “As an industry, I would love it if we came together to help preserve the history of what our industry is about, so we don’t lose access to some of the things that got us to where we are today.”

Spencer goes on to cite Xbox Game Pass as helpful in the fight for video game preservation. He discussed how “amazing” it was when Bethesda came in and added so many of its older games to the subscription service.

“It was amazing when Bethesda came in and we were able to put so many of the ‘old new’ games, or ‘new old’ games, into Game Pass, and go back with the legacy that we have with some of the IP,” Spencer said. “Even thinking about things like Rare Replay was a really interesting thing for us to go do, and letting people go and experience some of the old Rare IP.”

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The Xbox head said Game Pass would continue to add older games to the service for video game preservation.

Speaking of Game Pass, it’s easier than ever to access the service now that Game Pass games can be streamed to iOS and Android phones. Plus, Microsoft will bring Xbox Series X|S exclusives to Xbox One via Cloud Gaming.

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Elsewhere in Episode 81 of the Kinda Funny Gamescast, Spencer said that Xbox will probably update its controller and it may learn from the PlayStation 5 in doing so.


Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.

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