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Microsoft and Inworld AI: Revolutionising Xbox Gaming

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Microsoft is joining forces with Inworld AI, shaking up the gaming world by introducing AI-powered characters, stories, and quests to Xbox.

This multiyear collaboration aims to provide Xbox developers with an "AI design copilot" system, enabling the creation of intricate scripts, dialogue trees, and quest lines.

"At Xbox, we believe that with better tools, creators can make even more extraordinary games," says Haiyan Zhang, general manager of gaming AI at Xbox. The partnership will leverage Inworld's expertise in generative AI models for character development, Microsoft's advanced cloud-based AI solutions like Azure OpenAI Service, and Microsoft Research's insights into the future of play.

The AI toolset will include a design copilot for scripts and dialogue, and an AI character engine for dynamically generating stories, quests, and dialogue. Inworld's technology can also be used for narration, enhancing the gaming experience with companions in top-down RPGs warning of upcoming enemies or players.

Ilya Gelfenbeyn, CEO of Inworld AI, highlights the potential of generative AI in game development, opening new avenues for storytelling and character engagement. However, the use of generative AI in creative fields is not without controversy. The SAG-AFTRA actors union recently voted to approve strike authorization for video game performers, citing concerns over AI exploitation.

Despite this, Microsoft is positioning its tools as a helping hand for developers, echoing its approach with the Copilot system for Microsoft 365 and Windows. "We want to help make it easier for developers to realize their visions, try new things, push the boundaries of gaming today and experiment to improve gameplay, player connection and more," Zhang adds. The future of Xbox gaming is set to be an exciting one, with this partnership paving the way for innovative possibilities.

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