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E3 2018: Microsoft reveals streaming game service and a new Xbox in the works

Microsoft is working on a streaming game service, but that does not mean it has given up on consoles.

  • Updated: June 11, 2018 9:20 AM IST
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A few days back Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot declared how he thought that gaming consoles are headed towards an end, as game streaming services are the future. Some may have thought that this was conjecture on his part but Guillemot knew better. As if to fulfill this prophecy, Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s gaming chief declared at its press conference that the company is working on a streaming game service that will work across Xbox, PCs, and smartphones.

“Our cloud engineers are building a game streaming network to unlock console gaming on any device,” says Spencer. “We are dedicated to perfecting your experience everywhere you want to play — your Xbox, your PC and your phone.” The company has been teasing this possible project, and now it has made it official.

Though Spencer has not given us any specifics about how the whole project is going to work or when it will possibly launch, he has previously said that it ought to be out sometime within the next three years. The vague timeline just testifies to the fact that creating a working streaming game service is a difficult task that many have tried and failed at. Sony and Nvidia both tried their hands at it, and have failed to bring down the latency issues which technically makes the projects faulty.

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Despite all the talk about the streaming game services Spencer declared that Microsoft is working on at least another generation of Xbox consoles. “Our hardware team… is deep into architecting the next Xbox consoles,” he said. He added by saying that the team will continue to “deliver on our commitment to delivering the benchmark on console gaming.”

  • Published Date: June 11, 2018 9:13 AM IST
  • Updated Date: June 11, 2018 9:20 AM IST