Microsoft To Launch Xbox Feature with New Samsung Phone
The future of gaming is not just sitting in one place on your console or PC. It is a future that will give you complete mobility and accessibility. You will soon be able to play all your favorite games on the devices of your choosing. Microsoft’s Project xCloud and Google Stadia are currently the front runners in making this possible. Now it looks like Microsoft and has already found a partner to launch its cloud gaming service.
Microsoft has stressed that xCloud will play a vital role in Xbox Series X
This news comes at a time when the ‘console war’ is at its peak. The world is waiting for the launch of next-gen consoles from Microsoft and Sony; Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 respectively. But in a recent interview, Phil Spencer said that the Series X was ‘no longer the star of Microsoft’s strategy’. This was followed by the news that Xbox had decided to shut down the production for Xbox One. Post that, sources confirmed that Xbox Live Gold 12-month subscription had been taken down from the Store. You can read more about it here.
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This made one thing clear that Spencer and Co. want to focus on Project xCloud. We already know that the new Microsoft Game Pass Ultimate will give you access to multiple Xbox games and xCloud. But unlike Google’s Stadia, there isn’t a list of devices available that will be compatible with the xCloud (yet). This is where Samsung comes into the picture.
Samsung to join forces with Microsoft xCloud
According to a report by Winfuture.de, Samsung’s Galaxy Note S20 Ultra 5G will be the first smartphone to be compatible with Project xCloud. Around 90 games are being developed for the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. These will be available via the cloud on the smartphone. This will make the Note S20 ultra a ‘portable game console’. The smartphone is will launch on August 5, 2020.
Microsoft had announced its partnership with Samsung back in 2019. xCloud’s compatibility with Note S20 Ultra will provide Microsoft with a great platform to launch its cloud gaming service. Google Stadia already has multiple devices compatible with it and with Microsoft in the picture, it will now have a competitor to look out for. While Microsoft is betting big on cloud gaming, Sony is still sticking to its PlayStation 4 and has big plans for it.
If the future of gaming is indeed in the cloud, this is a great move for both Microsoft and Samsung.