Speaking at the company’s E3 press event today, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer said that Microsoft’s cloud team is developing “a game streaming service to unlock console-quality gaming on any device.”
By any device, he means Xbox consoles, computers, and smartphones. Given Microsoft’s recent focus in the smartphone space that probably means you can expect support for Android and iOS. It’s unclear if the company will bother supporting Windows 10 Mobile.
There’s no word on when the game streaming service will launch, whether it will be a Netflix-for-games style subscription service, or if there will be a pay-per-title pricing model.
We’ve seen companies adopt both approaches in recent years. While Sony’s PlayStation Now seems like the obvious comparison, since both Microsoft and Sony make popular game consoles, other game streaming services include GameFly, NVIDIA’s GeForce Now, and Blade’s Shadow, not to mention services that let you stream PC games to other devices over a home network, like Steam’s in-home streaming (with the recently-launched Steam Link apps).
Still, any upcoming streaming service from the makers of the Xbox line of consoles is certainly worth watching out for.