Microsoft recently changed the name “Xbox Game Pass for PC” to just “PC Game Pass,” and now the company has provided a little more insight into why it made the trade.
Jason Beaumont of Microsoft said in an interview with ROG Global that the name “Xbox Game Pass for PC” confused some members of the public who assumed they would need an Xbox. It never was, and the new naming convention should make that clearer, Beaumont said. In addition, Microsoft already referred to it internally as “PC Game Pass”, so this also helped the company implement the change.
“It’s the same catalog of games. It’s always a sign when everyone internally calls something one name, but externally you call it another name [laughs]. So internally, we were always like, ‘PC Game Pass,’ and eventually someone said, ‘Why don’t we just call it that?'” Beaumont said.
Microsoft officially announced the name change with a whimsical skit during The Game Awards, which you can rewatch above.
“We heard a lot of gamers saying, ‘Listen, people don’t understand that Game Pass has PC games…’ People thought they needed an Xbox, Beaumont said. But this isn’t the case.
“We had user confusion, so it was like, just change the name. Make it simple. So PC Game Pass is it,” Beaumont said.
In other news, Xbox Game Pass is adding a host of great games to kick off the new year, including Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, Gorogoa, and Spelunky 2 this month only.