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Phil Spencer: "Streaming won't replace traditional consoles"

At least not "anytime soon".

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With many major video game publishers working on various streaming solution to be able to deliver their games directly to users regardless of whether they want to play on a mobile device, their PC, or console, it is easy to think that the future of gaming lies in the cloud. But even if Microsoft is investing heavily in the xCloud technology, head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, thinks it will be a while until the technology is good enough to replace consoles. In an interview with LevelUp (via ResetEra), at the last Microsoft X018 event held in Mexico City, the Xbox boss said the following:

"No. There are certain scenarios where a stream game is the best answer. On a console the best scenario for you is to download that game and play. If you are on a PC that`s capable of download and play that game, download and play that game. Not all devices are capable of playing the most demanding games that we see here on the show, so streaming is an option in those scenarios, and there are some scenarios of like instant start and trials where maybe streaming on a device might be interesting, but I think for years and years the best way to play a game will be to download that game and play it. The same thing on PC. I think streaming is something that is further out in terms of it becoming a really mass marked where everybody`s doing it, and even way further out before it`s the best way to play that game, if it ever is.

It's about giving you a choice as a player, not about replacing what you do today."

In short, according to Phil Spencer the game in streaming will not completely replace the console experience, at least not in the near future, but it will only be an alternative offered to the player. What do you think of potentially streaming AAA games on your mobile in the future?

Phil Spencer: "Streaming won't replace traditional consoles"


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