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Phil Spencer: Game Streaming Becoming Mainstream Is "Years Away"

Poorna Shankar Posted:
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Speaking with GameSpot (via VG247), Xbox head Phil Spencer gave his thoughts on game streaming becoming mainstream.

“I think this is years away from being a mainstream way people play. And I mean years, like years and years.”

Microsoft is gearing up to launch Project xCloud, their own streaming service. Phil noted how these technologies take time to mature and penetrate the market.

“I think game streaming will get there faster than 20 years, but it’s not going to be two years. This is a technological change. While it seems like it happens overnight, it doesn’t

It takes time for these services to evolve. We are building for the long-term, but that’s why choice is so critical.”

Game streaming is still certainly in its infancy. Questions about bandwidth and actual ownership become far more relevant as this technology continues to evolve.


Poorna Shankar

A highly opinionated avid PC gamer, Poorna blindly panics with his friends in various multiplayer games, much to the detriment of his team. Constantly questioning industry practices and a passion for technological progress drive his love for the video game industry. He pulls no punches and tells it like he sees it. He runs a podcast, Gaming The Industry, with fellow writer, Joseph Bradford, discussing industry practices and their effects on consumers.