Spencer Hints At Microsoft Studios Doing More Investments In The Future

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Microsoft's Xbox E3 conference live stream set for 1 pm PDT; Gears of War, Halo 6 and maybe some fighting games en route?

It's worth noting that, during the same segment of the Xbox conference in which Phil Spencer mentions the next-gen consoles, he announced that Microsoft is also working on a game streaming service to bring console quality gaming to every device.

Microsoft's approach was a little different in accentuating backwards compatibility and a continued effort to make the Xbox a hub for all things media as well as gaming.

At the E3 show on June 10, Microsoft announced it is purchasing four gaming studios, in addition to building a new studio of its own. At the same time, the big players are focusing less on new hardware and more on software - video games that can be turned into long-lived franchises with recurring revenue generated by in-game purchases and subscriptions.

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On top of this, Spencer added that this is just the beginning of the "journey" that is leading into the expansion of Microsoft Studios, now built of eleven first party developers among which Compulsion Games and Undead Labs.

Microsoft's E3 game was strong this year, but it also highlighted a key point: the publisher is probably gearing up for the next generation of consoles. They include Crackdown 3, Forza Horizon 4, a new installment of its Sea of Thieves pirate-themed game, and Gears of War 5, the latest of Microsoft's military sci-fi shooter series.

To give us a closer look at what we can expect from Forza Horizon 4, Playground Games' Ralph Fulton took the stage for a brief time this afternoon.

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After the acquisitions are complete, Microsoft will have 11 game development studios.

Microsoft launched the Xbox One in November 2013 under a cloud of policy reversals and confused messaging. There has been speculation that cloud-based gaming is the future of that particular industry.

The release of the game was announced at global gaming event E3 in Los Angeles.

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"The Master Chief returns in Halo Infinite-the next chapter of the legendary franchise", Microsoft says. The racing game features what Playground Games called a "shared open world".

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