Microsoft has retracted a statement it previously made about the possibility of exclusives for the upcoming xCloud streaming service.
Kareem Choudhry, the VP of Cloud Gaming at Microsoft, told several Australian outlets during the X019 event that the company is “in early talks” with first and third party studios.
As reported by Stevivor, Kareem emphasized that no announcements were to be made at present. He added that new content takes at least 18–24 months to develop.
Since then, Microsoft has contacted Stevivor to clarify its stance on xCloud:
“We are investigating a variety of new capabilities made possible by the cloud. However, we remain committed to an approach with game streaming that is complementary to console and have no plans for cloud-exclusive content at this time.”
The technology giant plans to launch xCloud in 2020, but is currently in a public test program. Over 50 games are currently available in a public test, with more to come before release.
Microsoft has also stated it plans to bring xCloud to new platforms including PC.