A standalone Xbox app dedicated to cloud gaming on TVs is apparently in the works, according to Microsoft Xbox chief Phil Spencer.
“I think you’re going to see this in the next 12 months. I don’t think anything is going to stop us from doing it, ”he said in a maintenance with The Verge.
Spencer made the comment as the video game industry expands into game streaming, which eliminates the need for expensive console hardware and instead delivers games over the Internet. In Microsoft’s case, the company launched xCloud in September. But for now, it’s provided as a free perk for the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate plan. At the same time, xCloud is only available for Android mobile devices, although the company plans to bring it to Windows PCs and iOS in the future.
However, Spencer recently teased the idea that xCloud will eventually hit smart TVs. Last month, he suggested that it might one day arrive via an Xbox gaming dongle.
“I think you’re going to see cheaper hardware in our ecosystem when you think about streaming sticks and other things that someone might want to just plug into their TV and play through xCloud,” Spencer said in an interview. with Stratechery.
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“You might imagine that we even have something that we just included in the Game Pass subscription that allows you to stream xCloud games to your TV and purchase the controller,” he added.
Spencer’s new comments on The Verge indicate that the extension of xCloud to smart TVs could happen sooner rather than later. What this might mean for traditional Xbox sales will be a big question. However, the company will face some competition from Google and Amazon, which have also brought their own cloud gaming services to smart TVs.
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