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Former Portal/Left 4 Dead Kim Swift To Helm New Initiative For xCloud Exclusive Titles


While the ongoing competition between the Xbox Series X|S & PlayStation 5 remains to be the most talked discussion currently, Microsoft is slowly working to build a larger ecosystem for its players and potential new users. As we are already familiar with the start for PC since last generation, the next step is cloud streaming. In a recent report, Microsoft is already amid a new project to craft a dedicated device specifically for xCloud.

Additionally, xCloud is also said to be a large contributor to the future for Xbox One. While cloud streaming has been hushed about for the Xbox Series X|S’s older sibling, it was officially confirmed more recently. From Xbox Wire, it is told that games unique to the newer hardware can be playable via xCloud in the future.

Now, it appears that Microsoft is to further support the platform by developing exclusive titles made for xCloud. Speaking with Polygon, former Left 4 Dead & Portal developer Kim Swift is to helm a new initiative to bring unique games to xCloud.

Kim is going to build a team focused on new experiences in the cloud, something that’s going to support our mission of bringing our Xbox games to connect 3 billion gamers to play our games.

Phil [Spencer] always talks about that journey of getting the 3 billion players. I do get super excited about the idea of high-fidelity gaming on a phone […] that’s the carrot I keep chasing, for sure.

Peter Wyse, Xbox Game Studios Publishing Head

As per GamesBeat, it is said that the previously rumored Hideo Kojima project with Microsoft is to be intertwined with xCloud for the new initiative. However, it is unclear if that ambition between the two companies has yet to establish or simply is still being negotiated weeks later.

Previously, Microsoft was pressed on the matters of expanding on then-Project xCloud with unique games. But, a spokesperson told that not to be the firm’s ambitions at the time. “We remain committed to an approach with game streaming that is complementary to console and have no plans for cloud-exclusive content at this time.”

In recent weeks, Microsoft told to also be pursuing xCloud on PC for more browsers. Not only that, but the service would also find a dedicated update for the Xbox App on the platform as well in the latter parts of this year. You can read the full report by heading here.

Are you interested to see the direction xCloud is heading in with unique games?

Source: Polygon

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