Microsoft architecting the next Xbox with game streaming

Nearly three years after the release of Halo 5: Guardians, Microsoft unveiled an announcement trailer for a new Halo game called Halo Infinite at Xbox's E3 briefing on Sunday afternoon.

MICROSOFT HAS SUCKED up a clutch of game studios, created a brand new studio called "The Initiative", and expanded its game streaming service in a bid to stick two fingers up at Sony's PlayStation 4. Running on the Slipspace Engine and developed by 343, the scope looks huge with what seems to by a dynamic time cycle to be hinted at as well.

According to Halo director Frank O'Connor, the game will feature the iconic Master Chief of the Halo series much more prominently, especially in the wake of the character's relative absence in Halo 5: Guardians.

Xbox head Phil Spencer announced Sunday that Microsoft has acquired Ninja Theory, Playground Games, Undead Labs and Compulsion Games.

Microsoft has been working on game streaming technology for several years now. But it wasn't just about new games, but also how to play them. Most excitingly, a lengthy trailer was shown for 2019's Gears 5.

The trailer description on Youtube confirms what we heard from Microsoft previous year: the next Halo is coming to Windows 10 as well as the Xbox.

Yes. Now. And Xbox One X and PC. Will it have both a strong single and multiplayer component like past entries? The real "wow" factor, and proof that Microsoft is serious about tackling its software drought, was the announcement of five new developers becoming first party studios, developing exclusively for Microsoft from here on out. 343 Studios outright states that the game is still in its early stages and we won't see it out for quite some time.

As such, Microsoft tells us that they are developing a portfolio of games on every device, including newly announced Microsoft Studios games.

"With the ultimate freedom to explore and play over 100 great games, Xbox Game Pass delivers our members an incredible value in gaming".

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