Little by little, Microsoft is shaping its games division towards cloud technology and the idea of the game experience that the company has in the future is based on access to unlimited games imposed by the hardware. Recently Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, spoke on the subject and his expectation refers that there could be games that run 100% in the cloud and in an interview, Kareem Choudhry mentioned that the idea is to go beyond the consoles and that the games arrive at all devices.
Kareem Choudhry, the corporate vice president of software engineering at Xbox, revealed to The Verge some ideas that Microsoft has in mind for its gaming division now that the new platform formed by Azure and PlayFab will be integrated into the development.
Initially, the director revealed that Phil Spencer had the idea of forming a team that worked exclusively on the use of the cloud for video games and the project took shape at the end of 2017. According to Choudhry, the goal of the project is to reach all players around the world: “We believe there is going to be 2 billion gamers in the world, and our goal is to reach every one of them. We’re really pleased with the success that’s happening [with Game Pass]. We continue to believe in user choice, and we also believe there’s room in the industry for a gaming subscription and that’s what we’re going to build.”
On the other hand, the manager of Xbox said that to meet the goal set to break the barriers imposed by the devices and the most ambitious goal is to bring the content to everyone: “We’re looking at ways to make that content available to anyone no matter what device they’re on. What we’re doing with game pass and creating a subscription-based product, where over half the content is third-party content. I would say we’re getting started from a subscription product perspective.”
What do you think about the statements of Kareem Choudhry? If the idea is successful, would it mean the end of the consoles? If not, could we see Xbox content on other consoles? Tell us about your opinions in the comments below.