Microsoft’s Xbox chief executive Satya Nadella says the company will make a “compelling” game about the evolution of artificial intelligence, the company’s chief cognitive scientist said Thursday.
Nadella made the comments during a conference call with analysts after Microsoft announced it will hire an AI researcher to oversee its development of the Xbox One, the world’s biggest video game console.
The announcement follows an effort by Microsoft to woo game developers, many of whom work in the area of AI, to work with the company in a bid to improve the console’s AI capabilities.
The company’s executive vice president of AI and director of Xbox, Matt LeBlanc, told analysts during the call that the company is “working to make a compelling game about how AI is changing the world, and we think that’s something that will resonate with a lot of developers.”
Nadell said that the goal is “to build something that’s really compelling.”
“I think it’s going to be really interesting to build something in the space that is both meaningful and is compelling to developers, and that’s the challenge, to do it in the most compelling way possible,” Nadell told the analysts.
He added that “there’s no better way to do that than with an AI research team.”
“We’ve built some amazing teams and we have a really strong team of people here at Microsoft,” Nadesll said.
“There’s no question that we are very focused on our AI work and our AI research.”
Microsoft is expected to announce its first game title, an exploration game titled “The Sims 4” sometime this fall.