Nvidia and Microsoft sign a deal to bring Xbox PC games to GeForce Now
Microsoft signs a 10-year deal with Nvidia to bring Xbox PC games to GeForce Now
Hot on the heels of their 10-year deal to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo users, Microsoft has signed a 10-year deal with Nvidia to bring their Xbox PC games to Nvidia’s GeForce Now game streaming service. This deal will include all Xbox PC games, and will grow to include Call of Duty should Microsoft succeed in acquiring Activision Blizzard.
Nvidia’s GeForce Now game streaming service allows owners of PCs, MacOS, Chromebook, Smartphones, tablets and other devices to stream PC games to their systems through the cloud. This gives gamers access to the power of a cloud-based GeForce gaming PC everywhere they have a stable internet connection, and adding Microsoft’s PC games to their library is a huge boon for Nvidia.
This deal with Microsoft is designed to do one thing, alleviate Nvidia’s concerns about Microsoft acquiring Activision Blizzard. Nvidia said as much in their press release on their agreement in the quote below. Nvidia are now offering their “full support”, as Microsoft seeks regulatory approval for their acquisition.
The partnership delivers increased choice to gamers and resolves NVIDIA’s concerns with Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. NVIDIA therefore is offering its full support for regulatory approval of the acquisition.
With Microsoft competing with Nvidia within the cloud gaming space with Xbox Cloud, Nvidia feared that Microsoft planned to acquire Activision Blizzard and prevent Nvidia from accessing their games through GeForce Now. This would harm Nvidia’s position within the cloud gaming market, and give Microsoft an unfair advantage.
Thanks to this deal, Microsoft now has Nvidia as a partner that is seeking the approval of their acquisition of Activision Blizzard, which is a big deal for Microsoft. Having Nvidia and PlayStation as opponents to their deal would make regulatory approval difficult. Now, Microsoft only has to worry about Sony, a company that will support Microsoft’s plans under no reasonable circumstances.