Microsoft has a bleak outlook on the future of cloud gaming | Biden News


Microsoft addressed the future of cloud gaming in its lengthy response (opens in a new tab) to the UK Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) decision to launch an in-depth “Phase 2” investigation (opens in a new tab) into the purchase of the company by Activision Blizzard. It turns out that, aside from the marketing for Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming service, the company’s outlook for cloud gaming is pretty bleak, at least for the short term.

Cloud gaming is “a new and immature technology that the CMA recognized faces significant challenges”, writes Microsoft, adding that consumer adoption of the technology “is not expected to be fast as it requires a significant change in consumer behaviour”. Rather than an imminent cloud revolution, Microsoft expects “PC and console gamers will continue to download the vast majority of the games they play” instead of adopting streaming alternatives.


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