PlayStation has had a video game streaming service for a few years now. Problem with their service is that it only streams some current content but mostly PlayStation 3 games. In an interview with Microsoft’s Phil Spencer, Microsoft may come with a new streaming service that won’t even require a console.
“While software and services are becoming more important, the console isn’t near death yet,” Spencer told Bloomberg. “It’s still best for gamer enthusiasts and the top games, and will remain so for quite some time. But Microsoft will probably debut a streaming service that doesn’t require a console for some types of content in the next three years, Spencer said. A 2012 trial of such a service inside the company was too costly and never made it to the market, but Microsoft’s progress in Azure cloud services over the past few years is changing the economics and quality level, he said.”
Most likely the thought of not having a console could mean portable gameplay or content. That would effectively change the Xbox app that is currently available. The streaming service for Microsoft would be interesting, especially their use of backward compatibility. Currently, they are offering Games with Gold games for Xbox 360 playable on the Xbox One. Something Sony has been effectively ignoring to their user base.
It would seem a better deal for Microsoft now. Within three years, cloud-based technology has become more dominant. Primarily with mobile devices with limited on-hand storage space, cloud storage has become required. Also, pricing for cloud services have become cheaper and are sometimes included. Office 365 includes 1TB of cloud storage for each user into its software service.