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Microsoft Hasn't Given Up on Putting xCloud on Other Consoles

Microsoft Hasn't Given Up on Putting xCloud on Other Consoles - News

by William D'Angelo , posted 5 days ago / 1,315 Views

Court documents from the Epic Games v. Apple case continue to be leaked online and one reveals that Microsoft as of August 2020 has not given up putting its Xbox cloud streaming service, xCloud, on other consoles. This information was revealed in an email chain between Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney and the head of Xbox Phil Spencer.

"You've obviously seen our Samsung announce and now our back and forth with Apple," said Spencer in an email to Sweeney. "At the highest levels of [Microsoft] we are committed to pushing on these policies and continuing to expand our console platforms capabilities."

Apple had blocked Microsoft from adding xCloud to iOS, however, Microsoft has gone around this by making xCloud available via web browsers. 

"I did want to just let you know that I have your point on xCloud on other consoles," he added. "Haven't given up."

Microsoft made xCloud available last month via web browsers in a limited beta for Windows PCs and Apple Phones. The Xbox Cloud Gaming is available at where those invited can play over 100 Xbox Game titles through Edge, Google Chrome, or Safari. 

Other leaked court documents include an internal Xbox review of The Last of Us Part II that was done by the Xbox Portfolio Team, that Dead Island 2 and Saints Row 5 will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store, how much Sony was against adding cross-platform play to multiplatform games on the PlayStation 4, and Epic paying Two-Two Interactive $146 million to have the PC version of Borderlands 3 launch as a timed exclusive on the Epic Game Store. 

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Chazore (5 days ago)

Going by how the court case with Epic vs Apple, and the leaked documents, it wouldn't surprise me if MS wanted Xcloud on all consoles, getting most of the cut back and basically getting more people buying games from their end within the other two consoles.

It's like the EEE strategy, only you're using an ecosystem to eat away the target from within.

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JWeinCom (4 days ago)

Letting XCloud on your system is suicide. If they get used to playing games on XCloud, eventually they're going to cut out the middleman.

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Azzanation JWeinCom (4 days ago)

Not suicide for the one pushing the service.

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Chazore JWeinCom (4 days ago)

That's the plan.

EEE (Embrace, extend, and extinguish) was originally used via acquisition, but now it's being used via an entire ecosystem (probably the cleanest legal evolution of the strategy).

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LivncA_Dis3 (4 days ago)

woah ok let em continue this crusade hopefully it works! and pans out well in the end!

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zero129 (4 days ago)

If this did happen i could see some strict restrictions being put in place by Sony and Nintendo to make sure that its only MS Exclusive games thats on the service and no game thats on Nintendo/Sony platform and that they also get a % off revenue from MS for allowing Gamepass.

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Mr Puggsly (4 days ago)

I think Nintendo is a possibility given they aren't direct competitors with MS. I mean the best selling software varies significantly between the platforms. Switch simply can't handle next gen content well if at all either.

I would not bet on Sony allowing it.

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AFattyGamer (5 days ago)

A tall task convincing Nintendo or Sony to put this service on their consoles. Well ... Sony might be a 50/50. Kenichiro Yoshida-san and Satya Nadella did agree with with a cloud based partnership of Microsoft's Azure in 2019. That of course benefited Sony as their Gaikai services weren't quite adequate enough for PS Now. If Microsoft can convince Sony this can benefit them then ... yeah ... maybe xCloud could be seen on PS5. Highly, highly, doubt it though.

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