The birth of the Gamepass was one of the milestones more shocking in the recent history of video games, allowing you to own a huge catalog of titles in exchange for a subscription. This fact has improved the quality of life for many players and the way of playing has changed many more, making the already consolidated Microsoft service a recurring topic of conversation among gamers.
Gamepass, the first revolution
However, on Xbox they were still not satisfied and, neither short nor lazy, Phil Spencer communicated his next dream to come true. One that would become one of the company’s mottos. I’m talking about the famous“Play anywhere”. In other words, play where you want and how you want. Words of encouragement that until September of this year could not be tested, with an exciting result and a endless possibilities which, if properly harnessed, could even mean the end of consoles (at least as we know them).
I know many of you will be on the verge of a panic attack and accuse Xbox (or me) of sacrilege, slander or something similar. However, let’s go step by step and speculate for a bit, for entertainment purposes, on what the future of the medium might be. Let me fantasize a bit about what might happen in the future.
Streaming gaming could become the biggest video game revolution
Lately we hear and read in all kinds of media that streaming gaming will be the future of video games
I mean, we’re only thinking about a supposed loss of comfort or how the rules of this world that we’re so passionate about and that are normal might change, I understand. But I still see more advantages than disadvantages in what xCloud offers and which I want to tell you about. It is true that, currently, the platform is “only” available on Android systems.
And I put it in quotes because Android gives us everything from phones to efficient devices that allow us to run the system on a TV and that’s where it all starts to get interesting. Although it is not necessary to use external devices which can make us dizzy, Phil Spencer himself has assured that they work on an app for to be able to use xCloud on Smart TVs, which brings us closer and closer to being able to just pay a subscription and play, without needing more peripherals than walking around the house. And that’s just the start, as there are plans to bring this streaming service to the PC as well, with all that that entails.
With xCloud, playing would have no limits
As I said before, there are still suspicions about this type of service, it is common to hear about their profitability or what the player might lose. However, like I said before, I think it’s time to talk a little bit about what Xbox can offer with cloud gaming. I will clarify that I have already understood enough: goodbye to barriers.
Imagine a market like the PC market, where it is vital to have a certain quality of hardware, in which any video game (from the catalog, of course) could be played, on any PC. Imagine finishing your class by writing on that notebook full of scratches and pet hair, closing Word and opening Gears 5 or Halo Infinite… Wouldn’t that be great? It almost sounds like a utopia to me, but that’s what the Xbox is fighting for right now and you only have to hear Phil Spencer’s various statements about cloud gaming to start dreaming of a reality where playing the trending title is as easy as opening an application or an “.exe”, whether on mobiles, televisions or computers of all kinds.
The material will no longer be an obstacle
While this all sounds particularly nice, there is still a long way to go, the system has just been implemented and is starting to work, but we don’t know how it will evolve in the future, although it looks like at least exciting. Regarding what I said earlier about consoles, I firmly believe that if this streaming model takes hold, they will become a luxury item or just another option.
For me, this is not necessarily bad and would allow even greater accessibility. Although I understand people who have recently bought a new console and who may have mixed feelings about this type of news. Even so, Microsoft has never denied seeking the as many users as possible, offering facilities to enter its ecosystem, many of them have already made a lot of noise and are still the subject of discussions between players from different platforms, so xCloud will not be the exception and will give a lot of things to say, for better or for worse.
Streaming has come to stay
Xbox revolutionizes the market with its ideas, first with Gamepass and now with cloud play. I think we have reason to be excited about what’s to come and the future the company is building. Which can change the way many people play. If you’re not so happy with these changes, we can always stick with our consoles or PC. I don’t think any of these platforms will be totally eclipsed. But I think all the possibilities it offers users will coexist with streaming.
And you, reader What do you think? Are you excited about what Xcloud has to offer or would you rather have your specific system for video games? Do you prefer to use a smart TV, would you stick to consoles? There is no doubt that this debate is only just beginning and there is still much to comment and take a position. For my part, I am delighted with all the new features that Microsoft introduces to the world of video games. Plus, I can’t wait to see which ones will come in the next few years, which will surely not be few. If you liked this article, don’t forget that you have a lot more here.