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Microsoft wants to launch an xCloud application for Smart TVs
While continuing to focus on physical consoles, Microsoft is gradually deploying its cloud gaming service, xCloud. Currently, it is already available on Android smartphones, but the Redmond firm does not intend to limit itself to this ecosystem.
Like Stadia, xCloud aims to be accessible on as many media as possible. And currently, Microsoft is already working on televisions. In a recent interview with The Verge, Phil Spencer, the boss of Xbox, indicated that this application should arrive next year, in the next 12 months.
Previously, Microsoft had already mentioned the possibility that it also launches an HDMI key, comparable to Google’s Chromecast, which will allow xCloud to be used on a television. As a reminder, currently, Google’s cloud gaming service, Stadia, is already accessible on televisions using the Chromecast Ultra HDMI key. In addition, the Mountain View firm should also launch an app for Smart TVs.
Microsoft also wants to launch xCloud on iOS, thanks to the web
Note that Microsoft is currently looking for a way to offer its cloud gaming service to iPhone and iPad users, without going through the App Store. Indeed, if Apple allows cloud gaming on its ecosystem, the conditions imposed by the Cupertino company are very restrictive.
However, Apple had also suggested that if these conditions are not satisfactory, there is still the web. And it is precisely via the web that Microsoft could offer xCloud on iOS and iPadOS.
As Business Insider reports in an article published in October, during a meeting, Phil Spencer would have indicated to his collaborators that xCloud will be available on iOS, via browsers (and therefore, bypassing the constraints of Apple in terms of cloud gaming).
In addition, Microsoft is not the only cloud gaming player to develop a web version for iOS. Like xCloud, Google’s Stadia service should also be available on the Apple ecosystem through a web application.
The development of this mobile web version of Stadia was revealed a week ago. And testing should start soon. “This will be the first phase of our progressive iOS web app. As we test performance and add new features, your feedback will help us improve the Stadia experience for everyone. You can expect this feature to start rolling out in several weeks, ”said the Mountain View firm.
Otherwise, it should be noted that although Microsoft relies heavily on cloud gaming, it believes that physical consoles will still have their place. Phil Spencer believes there will be a hybrid ecosystem in which consoles and cloud gaming will coexist.
In any case, cloud gaming is so important to Microsoft that today, it considers that its main competitors in video games are no longer Sony and Nintendo, but Amazon and Google, two companies which have the necessary infrastructures to compete with xCloud.
Microsoft xCloud: an application is in development for Smart TVs
Microsoft seems to have big ambitions for its cloud gaming service. Already available on Android, xCloud will one day arrive on PCs and consoles (and hopefully also on iOS when a solution with Apple is found). But the compatibility of the service shouldn’t end there.
In an interview with our colleagues at TheVerge, Phil Spencer explains that an application is also being studied for connected televisions, “I think you will know more in the next 12 months. I don’t think anything will stop us from doing it. ” And we believe in it, because it is already possible to run xCloud on an Android TV by tweaking a little.
The cloud, the future of gaming?
This statement tends to confirm that the traditional Xbox platform could evolve quickly. The console could be reduced to an application that we install on any machine by relying on the resources of the cloud. After all, it is common knowledge that the margins are very low on hardware and that the bulk of the profits come from the sale of video games or services. It would therefore make sense, at least from a financial point of view, for a company like Microsoft to turn to this solution.
Other players are also entering the niche. In addition to Microsoft (xCloud), Sony (PS Now) or Nvidia (GeForce Now), there is also Google with Stadia and even Amazon with Luna.
Phil Spencer, however, is cautious about this, “I’m not convinced that streaming is going to make consoles or all local video game devices go away, I think you just have to be nimble and watch what gamers want. “
Xbox: an application to play streaming on Smart TVs could arrive next year
Microsoft intends to develop xCloud and would work on an application compatible with Smart TV.
In an interview with The Verge, Phil Spencer, president of the gaming branch of Microsoft, indicated that the Xbox version of cloud gaming could arrive on Smart TVs in the next 12 months.
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When asked about the compatibility of xCloud on Smart TVs, Phil Spencer replied: “I think you will know more in the next 12 months. I believe that nothing can prevent us from developing a solution for that ”.
The xCloud is, along with the Xbox Game Pass in Ultimate version, Microsoft’s flagship service. It already works on Android devices and is about to be ported to iOS devices next year. The next step would therefore logically be its arrival on Smart TVs, with an application functioning more or less in the same way as on a smartphone, at a scale adapted to the size of the television of course.
Precisely, what takes the most time, according to Phil Spencer, is to ensure that the application can function correctly whatever the screen and its size, while avoiding any loss of quality as much as possible.
Cloud gaming does not spell the end of consoles
After this announcement, the interview focused on the fate of physical gaming devices, and more specifically that of consoles, in light of the rise of Cloud gaming.
If Phil Spencer tends to think that this generation of consoles, carried on the Microsoft side by the Xbox Series X and S, will probably be the last, he nevertheless weighed his answer: “I don’t think that streaming will make consoles and devices disappear. of physical games. However, we have to be nimble and be on the lookout for what the players want ”.
Thus, Xbox does not intend to put all its eggs in the same basket and prefers to have several solutions in order to best meet the demand. In any case, we should know more in the coming months about the arrival of xCloud on Smart TVs.
Xbox: Phil Spencer announces the arrival of the xCloud service on smart TV in 2021
It will soon be possible to launch Xbox games on a connected TV without owning a console. This is the promise of Phil Spencer who announces the arrival of cloud gaming on smart TV from 2021.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate recently added the xCloud streaming game service. Which allows you to launch a multitude of streaming games on your smartphone or tablet. Among the titles available, we find in particular Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order in the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. One game among many others since the catalog is enriched every month. On that subject, here are the free games for Xbox Games With Gold subscribers in December.
And let’s face it, this revolution in the way we approach gaming is going to move up a gear. At least on Microsoft’s side. Asked by The Verge, Phil Spencer thus announced the arrival in 2021 of cloud gaming in our smart TVs. A logical development, according to the boss of Xbox.
xCloud on smart TV: Phil Spencer wants to attract new customers
“I don’t think anything is going to stop us from developing it. I think what you pointed out about television is relevant. What we used to call a television set was a cathode ray tube that just projected an image onto the back of a piece of glass that I was looking at, ”says Phil Spencer. Now, “a television is more like a game console tucked away behind a screen and equipped with an application platform, Bluetooth and streaming capability,” concludes the leader.
However, users subscribed to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate already have access to all their games directly on their console. So what’s the point of launching the xCloud service on TVs? We can imagine that with this future functionality, Microsoft will try to attract new players into its net.
Users who would not have an Xbox One or Xbox Series S / X. With the upcoming arrival of xCloud on smart TV, they will be able to enjoy the benefits of Game Pass Ultimate without having to own a console.