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Microsoft is building low-cost, streaming-only Xbox, says report

By TechCrunch

It was revealed at E3 last month that Microsoft was building a cloud gaming system. A report today calls that system Scarlett Cloud and it’s only part of Microsoft next-gen Xbox strategy. And it maRead full story

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  • Microsoft acquired Beam in 2016 and looks like they will be using their tech for the streaming Xbox. One of the major challenges for streaming games is latency. Low latency streaming is expensive but seems like Microsoft has solved this. This is an exciting development because streaming games allow developers to make changes at the server level without the gamer installing any clients. Also vastly reduces hardware costs making high end games more accessible to the masses. #gaming #eSports

  • Cloud gaming has been in the fringes for a while now. Nvidia released their Shield cloud gaming device in 2015 and the experience was very good over fiber-optic.

    It's inevitable that this shift occurs, it's much easier for developers to make updates and it's much easier for gamers to access the games they want, in a timely manner, with as little friction as possible.

    I would also say this is Microsoft trying to stem the tide of users leaving to PC (because PC gaming is a much lower hurdle service

    Cloud gaming has been in the fringes for a while now. Nvidia released their Shield cloud gaming device in 2015 and the experience was very good over fiber-optic.

    It's inevitable that this shift occurs, it's much easier for developers to make updates and it's much easier for gamers to access the games they want, in a timely manner, with as little friction as possible.

    I would also say this is Microsoft trying to stem the tide of users leaving to PC (because PC gaming is a much lower hurdle service than consoles, with a much higher variety of titles).

  • This makes sense with Microsoft’s background in cloud computing and the demand for gaming to be as easy as possible to play whatever you want when you want.

  • This also reflects that the ancillary services, data and advertising are becoming as/more valuable than the hardware or game software.

  • So this is just going to be a Fortnite + Minecraft box basically. Maybe some mobile games will get ported as well?

    I haven't owned an Xbox in years so I'm not sure what Xbox Live looks like these days, but Steam compatibility would be a game changer.

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