Phil Spencer Wants PC Gaming Stores To Be Available On Xbox Consoles

The Xbox brand CEO wants other retailers on the platform.

Story Highlights

  • Phil Spencer has recently expressed interest in bringing PC retailers on Xbox consoles.
  • In a new interview, Phil said he wants to remove the barriers between gamers and devs.
  • In the future, we could see Steam, Epic Games,, and others on the platform.

Phil Spencer wants PC gaming stores on Xbox consoles. In an interview with Polygon, the CEO clarified that he wants console users to have the choice to decide what type of experience they want—the same as PC players. Phil wants to change that by allowing retailers to sell games on the consoles. He argues that Microsoft and gamers can mutually benefit from such freedom if it were to arrive on consoles.

Yes. [Consider] our history as the Windows company. Nobody would blink twice if I said, ‘Hey, when you’re using a PC, you get to decide the type of experience you have [by picking where to buy games]. There’s real value in that,” says Phil Spencer.

The CEO mentions that previously the brand would earn what it spent on hardware, but changing trends have made it difficult. 

Phil Wants To Remove The Barriers Between Xbox Users And Developers

He argues that PC gaming is growing since gamers have many alternatives from where they can buy games on the platform. And the Xbox consoles are now held back by that very system that made them prosper in the past. Therefore, we could see multiple PC gaming stores arriving on the console ecosystem, including Steam, Epic Games Store, and 

If I want to play on a gaming PC, then I feel like I’m more a continuous part of a gaming ecosystem as a whole. As opposed to [on console], my gaming is kind of sharded — to use a gaming term — based on these different closed ecosystems that I have to play across.”

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In some related news, Phil has previously expressed his interest in making Nintendo and PlayStation users a part of the Xbox community.   

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