Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

Microsoft working on video game streaming service

Microsoft working on video game streaming service

I personally loved being able to get an uninterrupted look at a game like Spider-Man, but Sony's show also didn't really get me fired up for the rest of the year the same way that Microsoft's did.

Sony's PlayStation 4 remains the bigger selling of the two main consoles, however an overwhelmingly positive response to Microsoft's event on Sunday has led many to predict a closer market battle in the months to come.

As the announcement trailer was, in fact, a tech demo it is safe to assume that the game is probably quite far of being completed otherwise we would have seen some actual in-game footage. We saw the first Halo Infinite trailer, learned a few details about the game and are learning more as details leak and Microsoft shares more. The racing game features what Playground Games called a "shared open world". Seeing the Halo Infinite trailer, you can tell that the world shown is not in sync with the model of Master Chief. While Nintendo's E3 show lacked big surprises, it was an entertaining celebration of fun-looking games that point to another solid year for Nintendo Switch.

The four games studios Microsoft scooped up are Playground Games, the maker of "Forza"; Ninja Theory, the studio behind Hellblade; Compulsion Games, developer of the upcoming adventure game "We Happy Few"; and Seattle-based Undead Labs. If so, that would mean the Xbox's next generation would involve multiple different hardware creations or available devices in 2020, not just one Xbox console alone. With dynamic and adaptive gameplay such as Dying Light 2 and Forza Horizon 4, gamers will be in for a serious treat with the titles coming out in the next coming year.

The Xbox event was packed with cinematic snippets or play of 52 games, including new installments to blockbuster franchises such as "Fallout" and "Halo". The new footage of "The Last of Us 2", "Ghost of Tsushima", "Death Stranding" and "Spider-Man" (the only one due this year) shined brightly, but the whole thing lacked pop. Xbox Live players are up 13 percent and Xbox One sales are up 15 percent over the same period past year, but that's not all.

Microsoft announced it is adding five new creative teams to the Microsoft Studios family.

Check back with us to see more coverage from this week's E3 convention.

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