Microsoft will build native Xbox games for the cloud, and the woman behind Portal will lead

Microsoft will build native Xbox games for the cloud, and the woman behind Portal will lead


On February 1st, I shed a tear for the future of gaming, when Google decided it would no longer fulfill its promise to build games specifically for the cloud. But Microsoft is about to take up the torch: the company has hired former Google Stadia design director Kim Swift, best known for Valve’s hit game Portal, according to an interview with Polygon.

“Kim is going to build a team focused on new experiences in the cloud,” Xbox Game Studios publishing head Peter Wyse told Polygon, adding that Microsoft’s goal was to create “cloud-native games.”

Swift has spent over a decade in the games industry since her student project Narbacular Drop landed her team jobs at Valve Software, where she…

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