If Microsoft continues the course, the need for a physical console might soon be a thing of the past.
We’re slowly seeing this take place on Apple’s side of things and NVIDIA with GeForce NOW as well.
However, Microsoft through its Xbox Game Pass subscription service seems to be moving full steam ahead with plans to implement the service in partnership with major TV manufacturers worldwide.
Tapping into the power of the cloud with xCloud, all that processing power will be handled by Microsoft’s end. The only thing gamers will probably need would be an additional controller.
Honestly, the prospect of having a wide range of games at a low subscription fee is extremely lucrative. This is especially so if you’re gaming on a budget. When it comes to value, the Xbox Game Pass (we’ve said this time and again) is one of the best deals out there.
Judging by the number of Day 1 releases coming to the service such as Outriders (although it was a bit meh) and the latest Dark Alliance means the service is not relegated into being a catch-up service for patient gamers.
All things considered, it would appear the strategy is paying off as Xbox Game Pass has hit 23 Million subscribers in April 2021 which is a big uptick compared to 18 Million in December 2020.
Oddly, this does look like how Microsoft is winning where Google faltered with their Stadia.
Gerald currently straddles between his love of video games and board gaming. There’s nothing that interests him more than trying out the newest and fanciest gadget in town as well. He dreams of publishing a board game sometime in the future!