Microsoft continues investing in gaming with acquisitions, new Xbox consoles

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While Microsoft has acquired Playground Games (Forza Horizon series), it has also signed letters of intent to buy another three studios: Ninja Theory (Hellblade and DmC), Undead Labs (State of Decay 2), and Compulsion Games (We Happy Few).

The UK-based Playground Games, which is the developer behind the Forza racing series, has been a long-time Xbox partner since 2010 and is working on this year's "Forza Horizon 4", said Microsoft.

Microsoft also revealed several new Gears of War games.

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The game, "Forza Horizon 4", is set in the United Kingdom and will feature game play during the four seasons, created to make the driving experience radically different even in the same landscape. "We want to be free from the AAA machine and make games focused on the experience, not around monetization". This does unforutnely mean we will have to wait a little longer for the game and in turn means that during their conference Microsoft did not mention a release date. We are thrilled to welcome five new studios into the Microsoft family. The EA Play event, which runs through Monday in Los Angeles, is offering live demos of its cloud-based game streaming service. Microsoft gaming boss Phil Spencer announced today that the company is building a cloud-gaming infrastructure that will enable players to get its games from in a Netflix-like stream to PCs, set-top boxes, tablets, and smartphones.

Microsoft had an incredibly strong press briefing this year at E3, in a year where the company really needed to come out strong and continue convincing people that they're committed to the future of Xbox.

In recent years, Microsoft has suffered from the perception that it has lagged behind Sony as far as having a vibrant first-party development organisation delivering exclusive games for its console is concerned.

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