Microsoft is in all fields and the Xbox brand is just waiting to grow. The giant just announced these plans for the next 20 years, with the expansion relying specifically on Cloud Gaming and its availability in more media, the Xbox Game Pass or even the PC.
Xbox Cloud Gaming will continue to expand
Among Microsoft’s development components, Xbox Cloud Gaming holds a special place and we now know that the service will open up into new territories. It will be accessible on PC and mobile as well as through Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S consoles, but also through Smart TVs as the firm has confirmed the arrival of the Xbox Game Pass application on Samsung televisions.
Argentina and New Zealand have also joined the long list of countries that now support Xbox Cloud Gaming.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members in Argentina and New Zealand can play hundreds of games from the cloud on Apple and Android phones and tablets, Windows PCs, Xbox Series X | S and Xbox One consoles, and coming soon to Smart TV with our partner Samsung.
Playable demos for Xbox Game Pass members
With its desire to develop its services, Microsoft also clearly intends to improve its Xbox Game Pass. We learned that Xbox will be releasing cloud versions of some games that weren’t available in the catalog later this year to its Xbox Game Pass subscribers.
At the same time, the company also plans to set up a program called “Project Mooncroft” next year, which will offer players the opportunity to try out game demos before they release.
This program will begin next year and will initially be an opportunity for independent developers from around the world to showcase their new innovations.
Participating developers will see how their demos perform with audiences and they will be paid to facilitate the opportunity to showcase their creations on the Xbox and reach new audiences using Game Pass.
Gaming on Windows 11 and Microsoft Edge is still growing
The PC as well as applications like Microsoft Edge will continue to develop so that video games are more integrated into the Windows 11 experience. Here are the points of improvement planned for the next few years that should delight those PC players.
- Optimizations for windowed mode games are currently being evaluated within the Windows Insider Program. They are designed to greatly reduce latency and offer interesting features for games, such as Auto HDR or Variable Refresh Rate (VRR).
- The new HDR Calibration app will help you improve color accuracy and consistency on your HDR-enabled display.
- The Game Pass Widget will allow you to navigate Game Pass games to discover them and easily relaunch titles you have played recently.
- The Controller bar will contain a list of your recent games as well as shortcuts to the most popular launchers, including the Xbox application. This will let you continue your games or access Xbox Cloud Gaming, without a keyboard or mouse. (This feature is also in testing within the Windows Insider Program.)
Regarding Microsoft Edge, improvements are expected to better support Xbox Cloud Gaming through the browser and to facilitate game integration with Edge. Features such as “Clarity Boost” and a new menu will also appear.
- A new personalized gaming-focused homepage, offering news, guides, live streams, tournaments, upcoming and newly released games and the Xbox Cloud Gaming library, as well as access to recently played title and the content associated with it.
- The built-in Clarity Boost feature makes gameplay smoother and clearer from the cloud when playing from the Microsoft Edge browser on Windows.
- The new Microsoft Edge Games menu gives you easy access to free and popular Microsoft games, such as Microsoft Solitaire, Atari Asteroids, Microsoft Jewel and the exclusive Microsoft Edge game, Surf, as well as discovering new ones.
- Efficiency mode helps improve the performance of your games on Windows 10 and 11, allowing them to run faster and smoothly by reducing the use of browser resources when launching a game on the PC.
Microsoft specified that these new features and changes are only intended to “allow everyone, worldwide, to enjoy the joys of video games and join its community.”
Of course, these things wouldn’t be meaningful without the games, and the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase scheduled for this Sunday, June 12th will be an opportunity to learn more about it. Of course, we will cover the entire event on Xboxygen and as a bonus you can follow the conference live with us on Twitch.