From Kotaku interview…the idea of using xCloud to stream XSX next gen titles to X1 consoles (another idea I had a while back!)…
…It was refreshing to hear that Spencer also sounds committed to bringing xCloud to Xbox One, letting current gen Xbox owners play next gen games without buying a new box.
“When we think about Xbox One, absolutely, we think it could be a good way for us to bridge generations and be able to let people play those games,” Spencer said. He put it behind PC and iOS in terms of priorities. “I don’t think it’s years off,” he said. “It’s just work to get done. We know how to do it.”
I’ve said for a while that they should do this. Imagine using xCloud to stream XSX experiences to X1 consoles, so X1 owners could directly experience what is on offer. They could do this for trade shows too, letting everyone with PC, mobile, X1/XSX/XSS stream stage demos.
It also means the commentary about not leaving X1 gamers behind can be the best of both worlds…you can have your next gen only Avowed, Hellblade, Forza, Fable, etc…but you can still play them on X1.
They will likely end 2021 with PC’s, tablets, laptops, iOS phones, Android phones, X1 consoles, XSX/XSS, and Samsung TV’s all running next gen games through Game Pass and xCloud. And Gamestop pushing consoles and Game Pass and All Access too. I don’t think ppl appreciate the strength of these market moves.
Yep via XCloud it is a great way to have “cross gen” without the cross gen hurdles in a sense if tou understand what I mean and giving value to the Xbox One. It was expected to have it everywhere possible.
Exactly, maybe that’s why there was no mention of Xbox One for games like Everwild, State of Decay 3, Avowed and others, because they will be developed specifically for Series and then put on Xbox One via xCloud.
Longer term, maybe 5-10 yrs down the road, they might even move away from making hardware entirely and just partner with all the TV makers out there. I know they are testing that out now with Samsung, but eventually they might be as prominent on Smart TV’s as Netflix etc are. At some point ya don’t need new console hardware at all. Ya just need to update the cloud server hardware and hold an event to announce it and show off the new gen games.
I can see them proposing xCloud and Game Pass bundled with smart TV’s, though Spencer has also talked about still making new consoles after Series. But yeah, xCloud is gonna expand even more and will be the main way to attract a massive amount of customers.
I assumed this would be the case and why I thought continuing to support Xbox One was a stupid idea.
There was literally no need to support the console with games when you could have just said “Next gen games on Xbox One via xCloud, then buy a Series X/S when you’re ready all your stuff will be waiting”
I think we will still see consoles. They are making more. They have to make SOCs for XCloud anyways and I don’t see Streaming ever fully replacing the console experience for enthusiasts. It will definitely be more Series X/One X style offering though