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Xbox and Microsoft gaming head Phil Spencer may’ve just spilled the beans. In an interview this week, Spencer spoke about a whole lot of plans for the future of Xbox, including plans for “lower priced hardware” that’ll work with Microsoft’s game streaming service and xCloud. So maybe you won’t need an Xbox Series S after all. The reason the Xbox … Continue reading
Microsoft’s head of gaming and Xbox, Phil Spencer, has hinted that the company is planning TV streaming sticks for its xCloud cloud gaming service. In an interview with Stratechery, Spencer discusses the potential for additional tiers of Xbox Game Pass, which could include a free bundled TV stick to play xCloud games.
“I think you’re going to see lower priced hardware as part of our ecosystem when you think about streaming sticks and other things that somebody might want to just go plug into their TV and go play via xCloud,” says Spencer. “You could imagine us even having something that we just included in the Game Pass subscription that gave you an ability to stream xCloud games to your television and buying the controller.”
Microsoft is really pushing its Xbox game streaming, both with “local” Remote Play as well as cloud gaming via Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, previously known as Project xCloud. But while the likes of Google’s Stadia initially aimed from TVs via the Chromecast, Xbox cloud gaming prioritized a more mobile experience. Gaming on smartphones, however, doesn’t always have the same feel, … Continue reading
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Microsoft’s cloud gaming service can’t compete with Stadia right now, but it’s getting there
Microsoft‘s Xbox Game Pass is currently stuck in App Store limbo — and rumor has it the company is planning a workaround that’ll let them get xCloud streaming onto the platform without having to work within Apple’s restrictions. According to Business Insider, Xbox head Phil Spencer called an all-hands meeting earlier this week, and said Microsoft is looking for a browser-based solution to the conundrum, allegedly saying, “We absolutely will end up on iOS.” It would mean users would have access to the platform’s cloud gaming options, just not through an official app. In case you weren’t aware, Apple doesn’t… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iOS,Microsoft
Will take the Amazon Luna approach. Also next year: Xbox streaming to Windows 10 PCs.
At this point, Microsoft’s struggles to get Xbox Game Pass – and, by extension, Project xCloud game streaming – on iOS have been well documented. Throughout Project xCloud’s extensive alpha period and in the beta that rolled out in September, Android has been the only supported platform for game streaming. Given Apple’s rules concerning App Store distribution, there seems to … Continue reading
GameStop, the world's largest video games retailer, will offer a bundle with an Xbox console and two-year digital subscription at no upfront cost.
Apple banned the service for not following the company's guidelines.
Gaming boss Phil Spencer said that Microsoft is looking for ways to get around Apple App Store rules that have blocked Game Pass streaming on iPhone.
Microsoft is working on a “direct browser-based solution” to bring xCloud to iOS early next year. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that the company has been developing a web version of xCloud to run on iOS and iPadOS devices, alongside continuing its work on an app that it hopes will also eventually run on Apple’s platform.
Microsoft’s gaming chief, Phil Spencer, revealed the company’s browser-based xCloud work during a recent internal all-hands meeting. “We absolutely will end up on iOS,” said Spencer during the meeting, noting that he “feels good” about the company’s iOS progress. “We’ll end up on iPhones, and iPads with Game Pass.” Business Insider first reported the news of the web version for iOS.
Microsoft has announced a new Free Play Days promotion happening on Xbox One this weekend. In all, there will be three games that are free to check out during the event, and this time around, the three titles on offer are very different. As always, the games participating in the Free Play Days weekend will also be discounted for the … Continue reading