Microsoft is creating the 'Netflix for games': Here's everything we know so far
- Microsoft is making a big push to develop a streaming service for gaming.
- The service, which is planned for a public trial this year, aims to deliver high-end, blockbuster gaming experiences on whatever device you're using.
- Microsoft calls the service "Netflix for games" internally, as a shorthand for what the service intends to do.
Microsoft's ambitious vision for the future of gaming doesn't involve a high-powered, expensive box sitting underneath your TV.
Instead, it's as simple as Netflix.
Just as Netflix allows you to watch movies and TV shows from any device, a streaming gaming service would let you play high-end, blockbuster video games anytime, anyplace and on any device - your phone, or tablet, or laptop, or TV. No game console required.
With "Project xCloud," Microsoft aims to establish itself as the de facto standard in video game streaming services. And, in 2019, the service goes public.
Here's everything we know about Microsoft's ambitious plan to change how we play games:
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The goal: to reach more people who play games.
The competition: Several major tech companies, from Amazon to Verizon to Google and Sony, either already have game streaming services or are working on game streaming services.
How Microsoft plans to do it:
Why Microsoft thinks it will succeed where others have failed:
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There are two videos on Project xCloud that offer a slightly deeper look into Microsoft's vision for the service — here's the first one:
And here's the second one, which offers a look into the hardware powering Project xCloud:
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