Xbox's Phil Spencer: Video game streaming 'years and years' away from being mainstream

CNET | 8/12/2019 | Mark Serrels
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"We are looking at the phone in your pocket as the destination for you to stream, and the console that we have allows you to play the games locally," says Phil Spencer, shown here at E3.

If you were paying attention at E3, you'd be forgiven for thinking game streaming, via services like Google Stadia and Microsoft's Project xCloud, were coming to transform how we play video games -- and fast. Like, 2020 fast.

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According to Phil Spencer, the head of Microsoft's Xbox division, that might not actually be the case. As part of an exclusive series of interviews with CNET's sister site GameSpot, Spencer revealed that he expects the game streaming revolution to take longer than some may have anticipated.

"I think this is years away from being a mainstream way people play," he told GameSpot. "And I mean years, like years and years."

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Spencer referenced Netflix, and how long it took that company to wrestle momentum from traditional TV.

"Let's take Netflix, which is 20 years old," he said. "I think we forget that sometimes because tech moves so fast. It's 20 years old at this point, so it took two decades for us to get to the point where shows...
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