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Xbox exec looking at Netflix, HBO for story-based game inspiration

by Joey Davidson | April 28, 2017

Xbox head Phil Spencer has been looking at television companies like HBO and Netflix for inspiration when it comes to storytelling in games. A few members of the Xbox team have, in fact, been discussing how this could work with the gaming medium.

In an interview with The Guardian, Spencer was pretty blunt about how he’d like tackle putting games with stories within a subscription model.

“I’ve looked at things like Netflix and HBO, where great content has been created because there’s this subscription model…

…Shannon Loftis [Microsoft Studios exec] 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.”

“Storytelling in TV today is really high…”

One thing that I think Spencer really nails in this exchange is how storytelling works for the television medium. TV is at its best right now across almost all networks, and it’s possible that gaming could get even better by following some similar ideas.

“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 monetization.”

Would you buy into a video game subscription model on the Xbox?

The Guardian

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Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...


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