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Microsoft has announced a $20 million crowdfunding campaign to help Xbox One owners fix a major problem with its broadband internet: the rise of broadband cable.
In the first of a series of announcements today, Microsoft announced that it will donate $20m to help fund “the largest Internet infrastructure investment in gaming history.”
The Xbox One has been experiencing a number of problems lately, but this is the first time Microsoft has actually put its money where its mouth is.
Microsoft’s chief technology officer, Joe Belfiore, previously told the Verge that “We’re working hard to address some of the problems we’ve seen in the past year,” including “the most important one,” the rise in internet usage in the Xbox One.
Belfior’s comments were made in October 2016, during the Xbox Live outage.
In January 2017, he stated that the company would be “investing in broadband” in 2018, but didn’t elaborate.
This new funding will help cover the cost of upgrading the Xbox one’s hardware and software, and also help the Xbox community to get connected.
Belfioore said the company is “working closely with the Xbox Community and other partners to address these issues,” and Microsoft will “continue to improve the Xbox ecosystem.”
Microsoft has not yet announced whether it will be offering the Xbox hardware itself, or if it will sell a bundle with the console itself.
The company also announced a series to test and upgrade Xbox One consoles in 2017.
The first batch of Xbox One upgrades will begin rolling out in October, with the next batch coming in early 2018.
The Xbox One X upgrade will arrive in April.
The new Xbox One bundle is also coming, though the specifics are still under wraps.
The Xbox team has been busy since the Xbox live outage in November 2016, and is now working on its next generation console, codenamed Project Scorpio.
Microsoft also announced that its Xbox One business will be split into a “broadband, video and cloud” division, in 2018.
Microsoft plans to sell both Xbox One and Xbox One S consoles in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Latin America.