“There are currently more than 1,900 games in development for Xbox One, all of which could run on Project xCloud. Developers creating those games continue working normally – building with the tools they have – while we do the work to make their games accessible to the broadest set of players possible.”
All of this, of course will run off of Azure tech, which Sony will apparently be using for their streaming services as well according to the recently announced strategic partnership with Microsoft.
If you as me, I’m not sold on this whole streaming feature yet. I’m a cynical old school gamer who fears change.
However, if you give me the best of both worlds, letting me play locally but give me the option to stream when the conditions are optimal, then you have my attention.
Google has officially opened up their kimono and unveiled details of their game streaming service Shazam. The next generation of gaming is getting interesting.
Google bills the service as revolutionary gaming platform which users can play AAA video games across all kinds of screens, without the need of a dedicated console, physical media, or even downloading a game. If you have a device that has the Chrome browser, you can stream Stadia games.
Google promises that the Stadia service will stream games in 4K resolutions at 60 frames per second in HDR with surround sound if you have an internet connection over a 25 Mbps. If your connection is slower, Stadia will decrease resolution or FPS to compensate.
Users can use third party wired controllers, but Google will also be releasing a dedicate controller to accompany Stadia. The controller connects directly to the data center hosting the game rather than your local device. Google claims this improve performance. I reckon the idea is that this is one less relay point, to avoid the dreaded input lag that has existed in previous attempts to stream games from a data center (cough, PlayStation Now, cough).
Of course, the Google Stadia is going to be a direct competitor to gaming stalwarts like Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft.
Microsoft has already tipped their hand that they are looking to a future of cloud gaming with Project xCloud. Microsoft is envisioning a future where you have dedicated hardware at home for gaming with uncompromising performance, but giving gamers the option to game from anywhere on the cloud via a web connection and mobile device, like an iPad or iPhone.
A leaked internal memo from Xbox boss Phil Spencer indicates that things may get very interesting come summer time, as he attempts to rally the troops.
“We just wrapped up watching the Google announcement of Stadia as team here at GDC. Their announcement is validation of the path we embarked on two years ago..
Today we saw a big tech competitor enter the gaming market, and frame the necessary ingredients for success as Content, Community and Cloud. There were no big surprises in their announcement although I was impressed by their leveraging of YouTube, the use of Google Assistant and the new WiFi controller.
But I want get back to us, there has been really good work to get us to the position where we are poised to compete for 2 billion gamers across the planet. Google went big today and we have a couple of months until E3 when we will go big.
We have to stay agile and continue to build with our customer at the center. We have the content, community, cloud team and strategy, and as I’ve been saying for a while, it’s all about execution. This is even more true today.
E3 may very well turn out to be interesting this year. Who doesn’t love watching two big tech behemoths get into a massive pissing match?
Microsoft has some goodies planned for April that includes new backwards compatible titles as well as enhancements to existing games for the Xbox One X.
First off, if you need a Red Dead fix prior to the Red Dead Redemption 2 launch in October, you are in luck. Microsoft will be releasing a visual upgrade to the original Red Dead Redemption on April 17. This certainly is welcome surprise.
Microsoft will also be giving a bit of a face lift to some fan favorites as well, including Darksiders, Gears of War 2, Portal 2, Sonic Generations, and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. And if that wasn’t enough, eight new original old school Xbox games including The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Jade Empire, Panzer Dragoon Orta and SSX 3 will be added to the backwards compatibility list.
Finally, on April 26th, old school Star Wars games take center stage, as eleven titles will be added to the backwards compatible list, including the original Battlefront titles, Jedi Academy, Jedi Starfighter, Knights of the Old Republic II and Republic Commando.
If Microsoft has done one thing right with the Xbox One, supporting backwards compatibility with a constant flow of worthwhile games is one of them.
Microsoft has announced a new show called Inside Xbox which will act as a direct to the consumer source of information. In the teaser trailer below, the show plans to be a source of breaking news, exclusive interviews, and behind-the-scenes access.
Certainly has a Nintendo Direct vibe while retaining that Xbox je ne sais quoi.
The inaugural episode will on March 10 at 12:00 PM PST.