Microsoft won't force you to only stream games says Xbox head Phil Spencer

Phil Spencer

Phil Spencer (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • "Project xCloud" is Microsoft's game streaming solution which enters public trials in October.
  • Google Stadia is its competitor which doesn't offer a console or other dedicated hardware.
  • Xbox head Phil Spencer says that Microsoft doesn't want to force you to stream.
  • He added that the company doesn't want to tell you that playing your games offline is bad.

At E3 2019, Microsoft revealed a number of new games and hardware. However, a lot of gamers are curious about how the company plans on addressing the shift to game streaming. According to Xbox chief Phil Spencer, it's all about giving players choice. While he didn't specifically mention Google Stadia, Spencer said that Microsoft doesn't want to tell you that "the console you have today is bad" or that playing games "offline is bad."

Since its pricing reveal, Stadia has been criticized for not properly supporting game ownership and ignoring internet caps in the countries it's expected to launch in November. Spencer said the following in an interview with Engadget on how he wants to position "Project xCloud."

All of it is around us giving people choice and not trying to say that that the console you have today is bad, or that you shouldn't be playing on a PC today, or somehow downloading your games so that you can play them offline is bad. This is really just about giving people choice and allowing them to have the experience they want to have.

Spencer does bring up some valid points, but at the end of the day it's up to gamers to decide which platform they like. Streaming may never be as good as dedicated hardware, especially when it comes to advancements like "Variable Refresh Rate," but that's a decision the average consumer has to make. The next few years will be interesting, that's for sure!

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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.