Prepare for a big couple of days for Microsoft and Xbox. We all know by now, that Sunday will see the much-anticipated Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase at 7:00 PM local time. This promises to be a huge event – with Microsoft showing off several upcoming games and generally start to respond to the criticism that they have had a very meagre first-party lineup. However, that’s not all. Yesterday, we got two rather interesting bits of news from the Xbox teams.
One was a general summary of what to expect from Xbox gaming in the ‘near’ future and the second was a quick but rather telling discussion between CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, and Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer. You can find them both out in full here and here respectively, and I think they’re really worth checking out.
TVs and new games
It’s hard not to focus on two highlights from the articles. The first is confirmation that Xbox will soon try to embed their experience directly onto internet-enabled TVs. This was mentioned before, but it seems this is well on its way and they also confirmed that “Xbox is building its own streaming devices for cloud gaming”. So soon – a TV, good internet and a controller are all you will need to play Xbox games (provided the service ever comes SA). Second, it seems Xbox’s recent purchasing spree when it comes to studios will soon start producing fruit; with the standout quote being:
With more than 23 studios worldwide creating games for Xbox, our goal is to release at least one new, first-party game into Game Pass every quarter.
Yes, if all goes to plan, Xbox will at some point start releasing a new first-party game very three months. And if that, along with Game Pass and all the rest of it – isn’t enough to get you excited about Xbox, I’m not sure anything will.