The service would give gamers the option to stream games from any device, something Microsoft is very interested in.
Microsoft believes the technology is the next logical step for gaming. More so, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella dropped a hint during an interview with Business Insider:
“We describe it as, shorthand, ‘Netflix for games.’ We have as much a shot to build a subscription service as anybody else.”
Nadella further explained the cloud service would feature Microsoft’s catalog of exclusive games, like Halo and Forza series.
Microsoft is looking to merge its video game console business with their PC business. Project xCloud is the path they have chosen to do so.
Nadella also comments the streaming service could replace Xbox’s beloved backward compatibility.
It would serve as an extension of Microsoft’s Xbox Games Pass service, in which subscribers pay a monthly fee to access about 100 different games.
Xbox Games Pass includes titles like Forza Horizon 4, Gears of War, and Crackdown 3. The difference you need to download the games with the current features, while Microsoft is planning to stream.
Project xCloud will give fans the ability to play games like Halo 2, as well as upcoming releases like Crackdown 3, just by selecting the titles from a catalog.
With Microsoft’s extensive list of exclusive games, they could very well push a subscription system for the Project xCloud.
The feature is so powerful it would give the PlayStation 5 a run for its money. Furthermore, so far, we haven’t heard any revolutionary features coming from Sony, except for an improved VR headset for PlayStation VR.
Also, Microsoft is hinting to other big things coming in 2019. For instance, various Microsoft developers have said they are working on some exclusive content for the Xbox console.
Even more impressive is Microsoft is planning to add new technologies to its prodigy child.
“We’re focused on implementing new Microsoft technologies, delivering content for new platforms and services like Xbox Game Pass, and creating exclusive games that turn players into loyal Xbox fans.”
Could this be a new mid-gen upgrade like the Xbox One X? Remember, the X version is currently the most powerful console in the market. In layman’s terms, the Xbox One X works like a mid-gen 2017 gaming PC.
The problem is Sony still has more attractive exclusives than Microsoft, such as Marvel’s Spiderman. That means the PlayStation 4 is still the best-selling console, with over 90 million copies, which is why Sony is probably not in a rush to supplant it with PlayStation 5.
“And we can’t wait to show you what all the Microsoft Studios development teams are working on,” a recent Microsoft post reads.