Not everyone has been lucky enough to snag an Xbox Series console thanks to console shortages, but it seems Microsoft’s answer to that is Xbox One streaming. Buried in a recent post celebrating the announcements made at the Xbox and Bethesda E3 showcase is mention of how Xbox Cloud Gaming will bring next-gen games to last-gen devices.
This statement is true to form for a company that intends to meet players anywhere they are. Xbox Wire’s Will Tuttle wrote, “For the millions of people who play on Xbox One consoles today, we are looking forward to sharing more about how we will bring many of these next-gen games, such as Microsoft Flight Simulator, to your console through Xbox Cloud Gaming, just like we do with mobile devices, tablets, and browsers.”
The baseline messaging of the service formerly known as Project xCloud is that it’s meant to bring all of the exciting experiences of Xbox onto non-console devices like phones and smart TVs. But during the Future of Gaming press briefing given last week, Microsoft the declared intention to integrate Xbox Cloud Gaming into consoles, making mention of a featured service that lets you stream and try out games before and while you download them.
Now that Xbox One S server blades are being replaced by Xbox Series X hardware, the cloud will be playing with more power. Tuttle’s remark suggests that the Xbox One will be able to use the cloud to play games that would otherwise set them on fire. All in all, this suggests that Cloud Gaming is no longer just for underpowered smart devices but last gen consoles too. Xbox One streaming will be the gateway to new experiences for people who still can’t afford or find new consoles.
It’s all part of the massive push to use the Cloud to get Xbox everywhere, which I discussed in an editorial piece last week. Microsoft has even announced that in addition to smart TV apps, it’s developing streaming-specific plug-in hardware. Xbox Series X will remain the device that makes future games look and play their best, but the Cloud lets everyone in to play.
At least that’s my takeaway. In any case, Microsoft continues to bury us in announcements, announcements and announcements. In the same post, Microsoft also announced Xbox Games Showcase: Extended, a special stream to be hosted by Parris Lilly and feature conversations with dev partners. Clearly Microsoft intends to kill me with more Xbox news.