Microsoft thought about saving money at this year's E3 event.

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The global gaming expo will be different in 2019 after the news that Sony would be skipping the show this time round, and it made the company think about how they would approach it themselves.

Appering on Major Nelson Radio, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer said: "There was some news about E3 back in the fall. We had a discussion internally about, 'Should we go big?' 'Should we save some money?' 'What does that mean?'

"We decided, no [we're not going to save money], we're going to do our thing," Spencer said. "We're going to go and be as big at E3 as we've ever been. I love that opportunity."

This comes after Microsoft revealed their plans to bring the Xbox Game Pass to "every device" on the market.

That was according to Spencer, who talked about the company's long-term ambitions during a conference in San Francisco last month, where he revealed plans to reach billions of gamers worldwide with the help of the subscription service.

He said: "When you think about reaching a customer with this content where their only compute device could be an Android phone, you think about, 'What are all the ways that person pays for content today?'

"So we need to make sure that we're world-class at free-to-play content, but we also look at subscription as a much lower barrier way for a customer to build a library of content.

"So we built Xbox Game Pass - it started on console, it will come to PC, and eventually it will come to every device - we use the flywheel that we have with customers on an Xbox to start the growth in Xbox Game Pass.

"But as somebody sitting back and taking a longer-term view of where our business is going, you should look at that as a business model that we think scales to billions of people not hundreds of millions of people like retail does."