Microsoft seeking to open and acquire more studios, will “probably” debut a game streaming service within three years

By James O'Connor, Wednesday, 8 November 2017 01:28 GMT

Xbox’s Phil Spencer has some interesting things to say about the future of Xbox in a recent interview.

Speaking to Bloomberg Technology, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Gaming opened up about Microsoft’s desire to bring more studios under its wing, and the possibility that they will eventually release a streaming service that will let players access some content without a console.

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Spencer acknowledges that Microsoft has scaled back their first party development teams recently, with fewer Xbox exclusives, stating that “our ability to go create content has to be one of our strengths”. This is very much in line with what Shannon Loftis said earlier this week – Xbox wants more exclusives.

Considering some of the high-profile cancellations Xbox One has had, including Scalebound, Fable Legends, and the originally announced reboot of Phantom Dust, it’s fair to say that they don’t have the best reputation for releasing exclusives right now.

The way the Xbox division measures success goes beyond console sales – which are flagging behind the PS4 – and focuses on sales of software and services, which have gone up as console sales have dropped. Spencer also believes that a game streaming service is in the company’s future.

According to the report, Spencer said that Microsoft would “probably debut a streaming service that doesn’t require a console for some types of content in the next three years”, and that while internal tests of such a system in 2012 proved too costly, it’s likely to become a thing down the track.

In the meantime, Microsoft is likely focused on the Xbox One X, which just came out today (here’s our review).

It would be good to see more exclusive titles on Xbox – right now PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Ori, Sea of Thieves and Crackdown are all on the horizon, at least.

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