We believe that Project xCloud is a key component that will help us achieve our dream of gaming for everyone, everywhere in true Xbox style by…
- Partnering with the world’s best: Content developers/publishers, silicon designers, hardware manufacturers, mobile operators, distributors, and many others.
- Doing it in the way that requires no work for the developers: The over 3,500 games on Xbox One today & 1,900 games currently in development are already working on xCloud.
- Bringing along your friends, your achievements, your saved game, and your progression so that you don’t have to start over.
- Combining our strengths in Content, Community, and Cloud with YOU, the gamer, at the center.
We believe in the freedom to play and the freedom to choose. In 2020 we will enable gamers to stream from the cloud Xbox games that they already own or will purchase. We will also add game streaming from the cloud to Xbox Game Pass. Gamers will be free to discover, choose, and play their favorite games anywhere and everywhere.
At X019 Microsoft announced that XCloud will come to Xbox Game Pass. This means that all Game Pass games will be able to be streamed everywhere. But they also announced that all the games that are in development on Xbox One will support XCloud. This essentially means that Xbox has extended its whole Console platform to the Cloud. where there's no need for a Console at all. Consumers can simply buy their game on the Xbox Store and Stream it anywhere. But it definitely doesn't mean that Consoles themselves will go away though.
But the question is whether Sony will follow suit, this would require Sony to let go of Console Sales since doing this will cannibalise Console Sales of the PS5. But the upsides imo are huge. XCloud is launching in India next year, a market where buying a Console is not feasible for a vast majority of people, But Microsoft already has Data centres there so this would be a huge untapped market.