Microsoft formally announced its Xbox Everywhere program just a few days ago. It is aimed to get consumers to play Xbox Cloud Gaming on as many devices as possible. The company wants to decouple Xbox Cloud Gaming from Xbox Game Pass; thereby allowing people to play their own library of games for free. However, there are also rumors that Microsoft is working on a Xbox streaming box and app to make accessing their cloud services more convenient.
Insider Jeff Grubb of VentureBeat has now revealed more information about Microsoft’s ambitions. The most exciting new information is that the Xbox team is collaborating directly with Samsung to create an Xbox streaming software for their televisions.
Going with Samsung makes logical because they’re the world’s largest TV manufacturer; and it’ll give Microsoft a chance to poke fun at Sony, who is obviously a major player in the TV sector. Grubb also confirms prior rumors that Microsoft is developing a streaming device. You may play games and watch videos on the gadget.
However, take all this information with a grain of salt for the time being. However, everything appears to indicate that Microsoft is totally committed to cloud gaming. Given the persistent issue with chip and hardware shortages; Xbox becoming predominantly a cloud-based platform makes sense. Here is Microsoft’s official Xbox Everywhere mission statement.
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Microsoft’s official statement on Xbox streaming app
By putting players at the center of everything we do at Xbox; we hope to bring joy and community to gaming. We aim to provide everyone on the globe the ability to play the games they want with the people they want on the devices they already have. This is known as Xbox Everywhere.
We’ve invested substantially in the cloud to make gaming more accessible to even more people, and to reach the three billion players worldwide, both players and creators, so they can play the way they want and build, run, and manage their games using best-in-class cloud tools and services.
The Xbox streaming box and Samsung app, according to Grubb, will be available within the next 12 months. What are your thoughts? Are you prepared for Microsoft’s next major cloud-based initiative?