In a recent interview with GameReactor, Phil Spencer spoke about the recently launched Xbox Cloud service (previously known as Project xCloud). And how the platforms were prioritized based on the volume of potential players they could be sold to.
“We moved to PC first after Xbox, because there are so many gamers in the world who don’t own Xbox, that we could get there,” says Spencer. “We switched to mobile later because there are a billion Android phones on the planet. He’s significantly bigger than any console gamer base. “
Xbox Cloud Gaming Could Reach Other Consoles
Spencer then confirms that Xbox Cloud Gaming is coming to the iOS and Windows platforms. Something we’ve known for a long time, but which also makes a surprising mention of other devices. Smart TVs, Chromebooks, FireTV streaming sticks and even Nintendo Switch and PlayStation consoles.
There is a smart TV there, there are Chromebooks there, there is FireTV there, there is a lot of talk we would have. We prioritize it based on where we would find new players, to whom we could naturally bring content. I love the Switch, I love the PlayStation, honestly. I think they have done an amazing job being part of this industry. I’m not sure that’s the next big user group for us, but we might be open to these discussions. “
While it’s understandable that Windows and iOS have a higher priority over these other platforms and consoles. It is encouraging to know that Microsoft has yet to close the door on expanding its video game streaming service. However, it is clear that this is one way to stop doing it, so we are unlikely to hear any development. At least until Xbox cloud games run successfully on Windows 10 and iOS.
The decision will depend on the platforms
Whether Xbox cloud games make it to the Switch and the PS5 will also largely depend on the will of Nintendo and Sony. When it comes to playing competitive video games on your hardware.
In addition to possible additional platforms. Spencer suggested in a separate interview that streaming devices for Xbox-branded TVs might be a possibility.