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Microsoft Plans to Stream PC Games to Game Pass Subscribers

Internal emails revealed in the court case between the FTC and Microsoft provide insight into the company's plans to stream PC games to Game Pass subscribers using Azure servers. The emails, exchanged in 2021, involve Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Xbox boss Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft's cloud gaming division Kareem Choudhry, and head of the Xbox creator experience Sarah Bond.

In one email, Nadella asks if Microsoft will do the same for Game Pass PC as Google potentially turns Stadia into a white label service. Spencer responds by confirming that Microsoft is planning to stream PC native games from an Azure GPU SKU. Choudhry also confirms that PC game streaming is in the works and that they are working on a suitable Azure SKU to meet customer demand for infrastructure as a service (IAAS) and to run the xCloud PC streaming stack.

Although Google shut down Stadia in January, Microsoft's plans for game streaming to Game Pass indicate its commitment to the service. The question remains as to when Microsoft will launch this feature. Nvidia's GeForce Now has already demonstrated the potential for a game streaming service to attract millions of subscribers. Furthermore, Microsoft has signed a deal with Nvidia to bring PC and Xbox games to GeForce Now for a period of 10 years.

These internal emails shed light on Microsoft's intentions and highlight the company's focus on expanding its game streaming capabilities. As the gaming industry continues to evolve, cloud-based streaming services offer new opportunities for delivering games to players. Microsoft's plans to stream PC games to Game Pass subscribers demonstrate its commitment to providing a seamless gaming experience across multiple devices.

– The Verge