Microsoft plans to launch dedicated Xbox cloud gaming hardware – TechCrunch

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Microsoft will quickly launch a dedicated device for sport streaming, the corporate introduced as we speak. It’s additionally working with a variety of TV producers to construct the Xbox expertise proper into their internet-connected screens and Microsoft plans to carry construct cloud gaming to the PC Xbox app later this yr, too, with a spotlight on play-before-you-buy situations.

It’s unclear what these new sport streaming units will appear to be. Microsoft didn’t present any additional particulars. However chances are high, we’re speaking about both a Chromecast-like streaming stick or a small Apple TV-like field. To this point, we additionally don’t know which TV producers it is going to associate with.

It’s no secret that Microsoft is bullish about cloud gaming. With Xbox Sport Cross Final, it’s already making it doable for its subscribers to play greater than 100 console games on Android, streamed from the Azure cloud, for instance. In just a few weeks, it’ll open cloud gaming within the browser on Edge, Chrome and Safari, to all Xbox Sport Cross Final subscribers (it’s at the moment in restricted beta). And it's bringing Sport Cross Final to Australia, Brazil, Mexico and Japan later this yr, too.

In some ways, Microsoft is unbundling gaming from the hardware — comparable to what Google is attempting with Stadia (an effort that, to this point, has fallen flat for Google) and Amazon with Luna. The key benefit Microsoft has here's a giant library of fashionable games, one thing that’s principally lacking on competing companies, except for Nvidia’s GeForce Now platform — although that one has a distinct enterprise mannequin since its focus just isn't on a subscription however on permitting you to play the games you purchase in third-party shops like Steam or the Epic retailer.

What Microsoft clearly desires to do is develop the general Xbox ecosystem, even when which means it sells fewer dedicated high-powered consoles. The corporate likens this to the music business’s transition to cloud-powered companies backed by all-you-can-eat subscription fashions.

“We consider that games, that interactive leisure, aren’t actually about hardware and software. It’s not about pixels. It’s about individuals. Video games carry individuals collectively,”
stated Microsoft’s Xbox head Phil Spencer. “Video games construct bridges and forge bonds, producing mutual empathy amongst individuals all around the world. Pleasure and neighborhood -that’s why we’re right here.”

It’s value noting that Microsoft says it’s not getting rid of dedicated hardware, although, and is already working on the following era of its console hardware — however don’t anticipate a new Xbox console anytime quickly.

Source : TechCrunch

Originally posted 2021-06-10 14:48:17.