San Francisco, June 11 (IANS) Microsoft has said it is working on a new Cloud gaming service as it showcased its commitment to invest in gaming and announced studio acquisitions, tons of new games and new Xbox consoles.
The announcement was made by Microsoft ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2018, the world’s leading video game show.
What is E3 ?
The Electronic Entertainment Expo 2018 (E3 2018) is the 24th Electronic Entertainment Expo, during which hardware manufacturers, software developers, and publishers from the video game industry will present new and upcoming products to the attendees, primarily retailers and members of the video game press.
The event, organized by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), will take place in Los Angeles, California from June 12 to June 14, 2018, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, with many companies holding press conferences in the days prior.
What is Microsoft doing?
Microsoft is building a Netflix-style streaming service for video games that promises to bring ‘console-quality gaming to any device’.
The Redmond-based company claims players will be able to stream blockbuster titles to their Xbox, laptop or smartphone.
It’s unclear whether players will have to pay to play individual games, or will be able to access the entire library for a monthly fee, like video on-demand services.
Microsoft does not believe streaming will replace dedicated home consoles entirely, with the company also teasing that new Xbox hardware is already in the works.
What was the message from the Executive President of Gaming at Microsoft?
“Our cloud engineers are building a game streaming network to unlock console gaming on any device and the service will work across Xbox, PCs or phones,” Spencer was quoted as saying by The Verge late on Sunday.
Cloud streaming is the way AAA developers (video game industry) and Microsoft are hoping to reach billions of mobile devices that are traditionally known for transitory experiences.
“We are dedicated to perfecting your experience everywhere you want to play — your Xbox, your PC and your phone,” he added.
The company, however, did not give a specific timeline on when the service will be available.
Notably, many companies have tried and failed to create a game streaming service and it is a challenging thing to get right.
Sony acquired streaming games service “OnLive” only to shut it down and previously acquired Gaikai which eventually became part of its “PlayStation Now” service, according to The Verge.
WHAT DID MICROSOFT ANNOUNCE FOR ITS VIDEO GAME CONSOLE?
Microsoft showcased a record 50 new video games for its Xbox One console during its 2018 keynote presentation at E3.
The Redmond-based company unveiled new installments in its popular series, including Halo and Gears Of War, as well as teasing a future streaming service for video games and a new Xbox console.
Here is the definitive list of all the video games which were announced on-stage, or previewed significant updates coming soon to the console.
- Halo Infinite
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps
- Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
- Kingdom Hearts III
- Sea of Thieves: Cursed Sails and Forsaken Shore
- Forza Horizon 4
- We Happy Few
- The Division 2
- Black Desert Online
- Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition
- Dying Light 2
- Just Cause 4
- Cyberpunk 2077
- Gears Tactics
- Fallout 76
- Crackdown 3
- Nier: Automata
- Metro Exodus
- The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit
- Battlefield V
- PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
- Shadow of the Tomb Raider
- Devil May Cry 5
- Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course
- Jump Force
- Gears 5
- Gears Pop
The gaming announcements from E3 continue today, when Sony will hold its own showcase event to preview upcoming hardware and software for its PlayStation range
(6 pm PT, 9 pm ET, 2 am Tuesday 12 BST, 6:30 AM Tuesday 12 IST).