Microsoft has inadvertently revealed plans to integrate a cryptocurrency wallet into the popular Xbox gaming console. This was reported by Kitco with reference to documents published on the Resetera gaming forum.
According to available information, the leak occurred during the ongoing proceedings of the US Federal Trade Commission against Microsoft regarding the purchase of Activision Blizzard. The tech giant posted an unedited Xbox roadmap for May 2022, among other documentation.
It describes a new version of the console with an integrated crypto wallet and gyroscopic controller, as well as a hybrid cloud gaming platform, scheduled for release in 2028.
Xbox CEO Phil Spencer sent an email to Microsoft employees.
“I know this is disappointing, even though many of the documents are over a year old and our plans have changed. We take the privacy of our plans and our partners’ information very seriously,” he wrote.
Spencer added that Xbox will share realistic plans for readiness.
We’ve seen the conversation around old emails and documents. It is hard to see our team’s work shared in this way because so much has changed and there’s so much to be excited about right now, and in the future. We will share the real plans when we are ready.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) September 19, 2023
Michael Silberberg, head of the investor relations department at the crypto fund Alt Tab Capital, also commented on the information:
“The addition of Microsoft cross-chain wallets to Xbox will allow users to retain real-world value in game worlds while promoting true ownership of digital assets, decentralization, and reducing fraud.”
According to his calculations, integration will increase the number of participants in the crypto market by 2.5 billion people, lead to an increase in the volume of transactions and strengthen the role of digital assets in the global economy.
Let us recall that in March an integrated non-custodial wallet was discovered in the Microsoft Edge browser. It was fully functional except for user access.
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