In May 2011, Microsoft purchased Skype for $8.6 billion, and since then, it’s been slowly integrating its newly purchased product into its own services and products, with the majority of the integrating taking place within its desktop products.
A report has found Microsoft is planning to replace its proprietary voice chat in all of its products with Skype, including its Xbox 720, tablets and PCs, too. Relying on Skype as the back-bone for all of its voice and video communications will certainly put quite the strain on the service, especially considering it’ll be implemented into the new Xbox. The source familiar with the matter added, “You might jump to the conclusion that we’ll see asynchronous voice and video messages in next-gen Xbox Live”.
For years, Microsoft’s voice and video communications within its services, including the Xbox 360, has been reliable and worked with barely any issues. Implementing a service like Skype into the next Xbox is definitely a big step in the right direction as we’re sure competing consoles would love to get a piece of that Skype pie, although it’s very unlikely.