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Microsoft is developing an online streaming video service that is Netflix-like for video games. It promises to deliver "console-quality gaming on any device'.



Redmond-based company claims that players will be able stream blockbuster movies to their Xbox laptop, computer or smartphone.



It is unclear if users will need to pay for individual games or whether they will be able to access the entire library for a monthly cost, such as video on-demand.



Microsoft believes that streaming won't replace dedicated consoles in the end However, the company teased that new Xbox hardware was in the development.



Microsoft is developing a Netflix-style streaming service for video games that will provide 'console-quality gaming on any device'. In its E3 presentation, Microsoft also announced 50 new games for gamers - a record for the Redmond-based company.
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Xbox boss Phil Spencer also teased the forthcoming video game streaming service, which Spencer claims will allow users to 'unlock console-quality gaming for any device'



Executive President of Gaming Phil Spencer revealed Microsoft's plans to build an online service during its press conference during the video game Expo E3 in Los Angeles.



Spencer stated that: "Our cloud engineers are creating a game streaming network that will allow console-quality gaming on all devices.



"We are committed to improving your experience wherever you wish to play on - your Xbox or PC, as well as your phone.'



This method, referred to as Cloud Gaming, allows players to access a vast library of titles without the need to download or install each game.



Cloud gaming can allow console-quality video games to run on much smaller devices, such as smartphones, as all the heavy lifting is done on a server, not by the device that is used by the player.



This is quite different from traditional video console games, that have to process all data on the disc locally, and therefore require powerful chipsets as well as fan systems.



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Spencer, Xbox boss, hasn't revealed the date for the launch of the service on stage. However Spencer has previously suggested that Microsoft's game streaming could be available before 2020.



The company isn't the first to show an interest in a service that streams games as rival PlayStation already offering gamers the chance to stream titles to their devices.



PlayStation Now is a subscription service that costs PS12.99 ($20 per month) and lets users stream more than 500 titles to their PlayStation 4 or Windows PC.



After it purchased rival services Gaikai, OnLive, and Sony, Sony launched its cloud gaming platform.



However, despite its primary emphasis on streaming video games, Microsoft has not abandoned its hardware plans.



It's unclear if players will be required to pay for access specific titles, or will be able to play the entire library for a flat monthly cost, similar to Netflix



However, despite teasing a streaming service, Microsoft revealed plans to continue building Xbox hardware and consoles, with new models already in the works



Xbox boss Phil Spencer remained tight-lipped on any specifics about the forthcoming console, however, the executive did reveal that backwards-compatibility with older video games would play significant role for the new hardware



Phil Spencer used the E3 keynote to announce the Xbox One's follow-up and suggested that Microsoft might have several new consoles under development.



The same team that produced unprecedented performance with Xbox One X is deep into architecting the next Xbox consoles, where we will once again deliver on our commitment to set the bar for console gaming,' he said.



Spencer remained tight-lipped on any specifics about the console, however, the executive did reveal that backwards-compatibility with Xbox One games would play significant role for the new hardware.



He told Eurogamer: "As you think about the next wave of hardware that will eventually be released, a lot of the massive, huge games we play today will continue to exist when the next hardware arrives.



There isn't an "2" at the end of all these games, because people are trying to get you to the next version. In the old model of games being shipped through the system, being played and going away - and that was the way it was for all the games - a console change was a simple step-function.



"We tried it with Minecraft. We didn't release Minecraft 2 on Xbox One to force everyone to upgrade to the next console. This isn't what Minecraft users would like to see. They want Minecraft to get better.



If you look at games like PUBG and Fortnite and you consider these huge ecosystems and games that will be available, when new hardware is released, players are still going to want to play these games, and it's going to be important for us as platforms to support these games.'



Microsoft unveiled a new entry in its wildly popular Halo series named Halo Infinite and will be exclusive to Xbox consoles



Microsoft also presented an unprecedented amount of new games for its players during its E3 presentation.



The company took the wraps off of a selection of exclusive titles, including new entries in its Halo and Gears of War series.



Spencer spoke of the company's "most diverse gaming portfolio" as the newest list of games.