Microsoft announced its dedication to gaming and declared that the company will soon be turning smart Televisions and streaming sticks into gaming devices. In a press release, Xbox head, Phil Spencer and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that the company is currently working on an Xbox application for smart TVs and will even come with a streaming stick of its own.
“We believe that games, that bilateral entertainment, aren’t really about equipment and operating system. It’s not about picture elements. It’s about people. Games bring people together,” said Spencer. “Games build bridges and found bonds, generating reciprocal empathy among people all over the world. Joy and community – that’s why we’re here. Gaming is fundamentally aligned with our mission as a company,” said Nadella.
“When you talk about Xbox’s mission to bring the joy and group of gaming to everyone on the planet, which I absolutely love, that is exactly line up with Microsoft’s mission, which is to authorize every person and every company on the planet to achieve more.”
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Microsoft is looking to bring gaming to anything that has a screen and the company has already free cloud gaming services on smartphones in some regions.
The cloud gaming service is set to launch in Australia, Brazil, Mexico, and Japan this year-end. It seems like Xbox wants to be on every device possible, even on the Nintendo Switch according to rumors. Xbox has been hard at encouraging, marketing, and bringing its game subscription service “Xbox Game Pass” to other devices and this news may just be the walking stone we’ve been waiting for.
Having said that, the new Xbox Television App looks like an exciting new way to play console-level games as it would authorize almost everyone with a Smart Television or a streaming stick to playing games in their drawing-room. The application will probably stream games as well which means gamers will not require expensive hardware to run games anymore.
Right now, Microsoft has not announced a concrete launch date for the Xbox Television application and it seems like the app will be a while before a full free.