Microsoft recently dropped the glove for the next generation with its acquisition of Bethesda’s parent company ZeniMax, and in the wake of the deal, there has been much speculation as to what it all means for the Xbox Series X. Microsoft has said that this is not just about exclusives, and it can there is some truth in this – not only does Microsoft benefit from having Bethesda’s games on Game Pass, but they do not just pick up games in this sale.
Windows Central has noted that Microsoft’s acquisitions give them access to Orion, announced streaming technology Bethesda at E3 2019. The technology was named “a game and platform diagnostic technology that optimizes game engines for streaming”
Orion’s stated goal is to stream low bandwidth games with high settings – which makes it possible to access the type of gaming experiences that are often only reserved for people with powerful PC settings. The technology aims to reduce latency and deliver an excellent streaming experience.
Microsoft has just launched its own Game Pass streaming system called xCloud, and it’s pretty good. If Microsoft wants to push its streaming technology further, buying Bethesda could be crucial to this.
It may take a while to see the fruits of this purchase, but it is very likely that Orion considered Microsoft’s decision. The technology giant now owns 23 creative studios.
Xbox Series X / S launches on November 10. If you want to try to get a system at or near launch, check out GameSpot’s pre-order guide.