On Thursday, Microsoft announced it is working on software that will allow users to play Xbox video games on smart TVs.

The news came just ahead of the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) being held virtually beginning Saturday due to the pandemic in which Microsoft and other video game industry heavyweights will be participating.

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“As a company, Microsoft is all-in on gaming,” chief executive Satya Nadella said in introducing the plan. She said Microsoft’s ambition is to empower consumers “wherever they play. “Microsoft has been highlighting the strength of its Xbox unit as it vies with Luna and Stadia cloud — gaming services run by Amazon and Google respectively.

The US-based technology giant also announced it is building devices that will plug into any television screen or computer monitor to stream Xbox games without any consoles.

In coming weeks, cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriptions will be possible through internet browsers Chrome, Edge and Safari.

“There’s still a place for consoles and PCs and frankly, there always will be, but through the cloud, we will be able to deliver a robust gaming experience to anyone connected to the internet,” said Xbox chief Phil Spencer. “With the cloud, gaming players can participate fully in the same Xbox experience as people on local hardware,” he added.

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Xbox Game Pass had some 18 million subscribers worldwide at the end of last year. According to industry tracker NPD Group, consumer spending on video gaming in the United States was nearly $15 billion in the first quarter of this year. That is a 30 percent compared to last year.

Microsoft will stream an Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase on Sunday, featuring games from its studios around the world.

From : pk.mashable.com

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