As a part of Google’s attempts to salvage Stadia before its shutdown earlier this year, the company pivoted the service to offer game developers a way to provide demos of their games based on Stadia tech. That white-label service caught the attention of Microsoft, which has been working on the ability to stream PC games through the cloud in the same fashion Stadia was trying to do.
As it turns out, the idea sparked a conversation within Microsoft, as The Verge reports.
Documents from the ongoing FTC legal battle reveal that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella emailed Phil Spencer (head of Xbox), Kareem Choudry (head of Xbox cloud gaming), and Sarah Bond (head of Xbox creator experience) at the Xbox team in regard to the reports that Google was working on a white-labeled version of Stadia, asking how Microsoft could do something similar.
In follow-up emails from Phil Spencer and the rest of the team, it was revealed that Microsoft could use Azure to do the same thing Google was trying to do. The emails also show that, in July 2021, the company was indeed working to stream PC games, and that work appears to be continuing to this day. The Verge references a deal with EE that Microsoft signed that would bring PC games via a cloud service, but EE doesn’t have its own cloud gaming offering. That’s not exactly confirmation, but…
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