Microsoft is already building the next Xbox consoles and streaming-only Game Pass hardware


Today, the contents of a pre-recorded Xbox E3 panel were revealed when we heard from Microsoft executives about their plans for what is now known as the “Xbox Ecosystem,” something that is happening. extends beyond traditional consoles and mixes with Game Pass accessibility and game streaming.

The strong points? That would be Microsoft talking about how they are already working on the next Xbox consoles. Here is Vice President Liz Hamren:

“… No one should think that we are slowing down the engineering of our base console. In fact, we are speeding it up. We are already working hard on new hardware and platforms, some of which will not appear for years.

It’s unclear whether this is a “mid-gen” upgrade like the Xbox One X, or the next-gen, although such distinctions may become increasingly blurry.

After that, on Game Pass accessibility via smart TVs:

“We’re working with global TV makers to bring the Game Pass experience right into internet-connected TVs, so all you need to play is a controller. “

And to further strengthen this new future of game streaming, Xbox will also be building dedicated devices for this purpose, ones that will cost a lot less than a traditional Xbox at $ 300-500, no doubt:

“Beyond that, we’re also developing standalone streaming devices that you can plug into a TV or monitor, so if you have a strong internet connection you can stream your Xbox experience.”

All of this culminated in the publication of the graph which you can see below, showing the entire ecosystem in action, a mix of hardware and compatibility with devices that can stream Game Pass titles.

This type of configuration allows Microsoft to be the only one in the industry. Google Stadia struggles with its lack of a main console or exclusive games. Sony has locked down the console market, but has no real response to Game Pass or Microsoft’s ongoing attack on persistent streaming options. Nintendo… well, Nintendo is as always on its own island and sells a trillion switches. The good thing is.

But it shows how Microsoft has placed itself in a unique position, leveraging all of its access to technology to create a one-of-a-kind gaming ecosystem in the market. Granted, it will take years for all of this to fully materialize, including Microsoft’s first list of games slowly coming to life, but you can see the blueprint here. And I think his rivals should be afraid of it.

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