Like Sony, which recently unveiled the design of the PlayStation 5, Microsoft is also preparing to launch its next generation of console: the Xbox Series X. But at the same time, the Redmond company is still working develop its xCloud cloud gaming platform.

In an article published this week, The Verge site indicates that the launch of xCloud is still planned for this year. Initially, this cloud gaming platform would be powered by the equivalent of server-side Xbox One S consoles. However, the site source also explained that an update is already planned for 2021. And after this update, the xCloud servers will use hardware that corresponds to the Xbox Series X, which would allow the platform to cloud gaming to benefit from significant performance gains. The CPU would be significantly more powerful, and would launch four xBox One S gaming sessions at the same time. In addition, Microsoft is reportedly considering using a new video encoder that would be six times faster than the encoder that is currently used by xCloud. And in addition to games for the xBox, Microsoft would also like to offer games for PC via its xCloud platform. Experiments with blades for PC games would already take place.

Microsoft to launch competitor to Stadia

Of course, for the moment, this information is not official, and it is therefore important to consider it with some reserve. But in any case, it should be remembered that cloud gaming is today as important as physical consoles for Microsoft. Moreover, the Redmond company considers that its main competitors in the video game are no longer Sony and Nintendo, but Google and Amazon, which have the necessary infrastructure for cloud gaming.

Google already launched its Stadia cloud gaming service in 2019. And little by little, the platform is improving by increasing the number of games in the catalog, and becoming accessible on more devices. Amazon is also interested in video games. And given that the e-commerce giant is present in different markets, such as music streaming or video streaming, it would not be surprising if it also wanted its share in cloud gaming.