Microsoft Acquires 5 Game Studios, Touts Diverse E3 Software Lineup

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Redmond-based team 343 Industries revealed a new game during the Xbox E3 2018 briefing, Halo Infinite.

Considering how much effort Microsoft has put into backward compatibility, I would expect the Scarlett devices to support current gen games but offer more advanced features and align possibly with Microsoft's upcoming game-streaming services.

MICROSOFT HAS SUCKED up a clutch of game studios, created a brand new studio called "The Initiative", and expanded its game streaming service in a bid to stick two fingers up at Sony's PlayStation 4.

"People in certain regions where maybe a console isn't as appropriate, they don't have a television at home, they don't have space in their apartment to kind of set things up the way they want". Game streaming and game hosting could potentially be a big booster for the company's Azure cloud business.

The big new addition to Forza Horizon 4 is dynamic seasons, which will allow the game world to transition between spring, summer, fall and winter for all players, introducing new possibilities and hazards in real-time.

"We will join Master Chief on his greatest adventure yet to save humanity", said Xbox chief Phil Spencer after the trailer aired.

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With E3 2018 about to start in Los Angeles, major gaming publishers are holding pre-E3 press events before the video game trade show officially begins on Tuesday. Microsoft says that you will, on average, be able to jump into your new game twice as fast as you did previously on the same net connection.

Spencer said his team is "deep into architecting the next Xbox" in a commitment to console gaming at a time when mobile and personal computer play are soaring.

While the total amount of new games announced by Xbox was itself impressive though, you could argue that anyone can have a good year.

The future is looking bright for Microsoft. Microsoft's weakened position required them to wow us with a show of force this time around, and while they certainly achieved volume, there were still questions left answered.

However, Microsoft has had a relationship with Ninja Theory more or less since the studio's inception: Microsoft published the debut game from Ninja Theory's first incarnation, Just Add Monsters, entitled Kung Fu Chaos.

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