Xbox Game Pass to lead the next-gen charge with major announcements to come as Microsoft weathers impact of Halo Infinite delay.

  • Xbox head Phil Spencer was interviewed as part of the Animal Talking show yesterday.
  • The interview touched on the Halo Infinite delay and Microsofts next-gen plans.
  • Spencer teased important Game Pass announcements to come.

Appearing as a guest on the Gary Whitta-hosted Animal Talking show set inside Nintendos Animal Crossing: New Horizon yesterday, Xbox boss Phil Spencer teased major Xbox Game Pass announcements to come.
With news of Halo Infinites delay to 2021 fresh in everyones mind, the conversation naturally veered towards the topic with Spencer candidly detailing a mad-dash 24-hour decision-making process preceding the seismic announcement.
Xbox boss interviewed about next-gen plans inside a game made by Nintendo. | Source: Animal Talking
He also noted that despite the disappointment of Xbox losing one of its strongest next-gen selling points, the company wont pivot its launch strategy, but continue to stress the value proposition of pairing the most powerful console ever with the Xbox Game Pass subscription service.
What youll see from us around the launch of the console, frankly, isnt going to change too much because you were going to hear a lot about the console and a lot about Game Pass and how we think those two things together are a real great value proposition for gamers going into the next generation.
Spencer explained that Game Pass has risen in importance through Xboxs successive summer showcases, describing it as a real decision-maker for those eyeing a next-gen console.
To that end, Spencer confirmed Xbox has no plans to rein in its investment in Game Pass and its ever-growing portfolio of games. On the contrary, the Xbox head teased really great, strong, announcements about things coming to Xbox Game Pass. No further details were provided, notably whether the announcements are related to games or features, nor did Spencer offer any form of meaningful time-frame.
As recently as Aug. 10, the ever-reliable Venture Beat reporter, Jeff Grubb, wrote on Twitter that Xbox would reveal yet another big reason to get Game Pass in the next 2-to-3 weeks, something Spencers tease appears to echo, or at least when it comes to the scope of the announcement.
A major Game Pass announcement is on the horizon. | Source: Twitter
The Halo Infinite delay has reportedly derailed Microsofts promotional plans to some extent, pushing news planned for this month into the next. As a consequence, these Xbox Game Pass announcements may not arrive until September or possibly even later.
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