We already know that Sony and Microsoft’s strategy for the new generation is radically different. While the Japanese are going to continue betting on a more traditional business model, Microsoft is betting on the era of access and focuses its efforts on services . Xbox Chief Executive Officer Phil Spencer has repeatedly said that the goal is for gamers to be able to play on more platforms.
Well, in an interview with Stratechery, Spencer has hinted that xCloud could reach televisions with a special transmission device (something similar to a Chromecast). This device would be connected to televisions and allow us to enjoy the catalog available on Xbox Game Pass through streaming without a console, even the new Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.
The funny thing is that Spencer has spoken of this referring to a possible introduction of new subscription levels in Game Pass: “I think you will see lower priced hardware as part of our ecosystem if you think about streaming devices and other things that someone might want to connect. to your TV and play through xCloud. You could imagine us even having something we just included in the Game Pass subscription that gave you the ability to stream xCloud games to your TV and buy the controller. “
We already know, for example, that Xbox has in some countries the Xbox All Access service, which allows subscribers to get hardware and access to Game Pass while paying a monthly fee. It seems that Spencer does not rule out adding other types of Xbox Game Pass subscription that could include hardware, so we will have to be attentive to what the movements may be for xCloud. At the moment, the service is available with the most expensive subscription, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
xCloud is Microsoft’s cloud gaming service and is currently only available on Android, but the company is working to bring it to PC and consoles, as well as continuing to think about how to introduce it on iOS. Still, if you prefer to continue playing locally on a machine, you can rest assured, as the Xbox boss made it clear that they will continue to bet on consoles in the future.