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With MS's new strategy of focusing on XCloud with a subscription service, instead of just launching a traditional next gen console. I'm just wondering what your thoughts on this are. Of course it pretty cool if you can stream Series-X games on a Xone or mobiles, but is that really what gamers want, instead of a more traditional console? People won't need to fork out $599 for a Series X, which is obviously great and GP does offer great value. However, if you want to play the big AAA games like GTA6 asap, which I'm sure won't launch on GP from day one. You will still need to buy them for $60 just so you can play the cloud version. It didn't really work out well for Stadia, so why would MS go down this same road? 



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Me? No.

But then I didn't want digital downloads and now that's all I want. What I'm saying is that current gamers, including myself don't want it. We want to collect our games (even a digital collection, in my case). But, just like movies, there will come a time where streaming is the majority.

At 43 years old, I've seen so many things come and go that I thought would be here forever. I don't count anything out anymore.



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Why would xCloud prevent them from launching a traditional console? Did PS Now stop Sony from making games or change PS4 from a traditional console?

Stadia requires you to buy games you already own again. Services like xCloud or GeForce Now work with games you already own. Also clearly cloud gaming has a market, otherwise so many companies wouldn’t be offering it. Doesn’t mean the market is huge, but it’s clearly there.



I want physical as much as possible, so for me streaming is just an even weaker proposition than digital only.



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LudicrousSpeed said:
Why would xCloud prevent them from launching a traditional console? Did PS Now stop Sony from making games or change PS4 from a traditional console?

Stadia requires you to buy games you already own again. Services like xCloud or GeForce Now work with games you already own. Also clearly cloud gaming has a market, otherwise so many companies wouldn’t be offering it. Doesn’t mean the market is huge, but it’s clearly there.

We already know Series X isn't going to be a traditional next gen console. All their 1st party games will be cross gen until they can launch Xcloud and stream next gen games on the Xone, mobiles and anything in between. The potential market for Cloud gaming is, of course, huge and they say mobile gamers will grow to over 4 billion in the coming years. But to me mobile gaming is still an entirely different thing than gaming on console/ pc gaming, even if the Xcloud does work perfectly.



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Still waiting to see how the XSX is not a traditional console. Please explain, should be an entertaining read.



physical thx



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Streaming will have lag, input delay, artifacting, ect.
Its a lesser overall experiance.

"Do gamers really want Cloud gaming?" Majority of them wont. I think its aimed at the casuals.



I don't. I also never never heard anyone saying "Gee, I wish I could Cloud game".



Why not? Why limit options?

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