Microsoft CFO reckons AI will help anyone make games

Microsoft CFO reckons AI will help anyone make games

The CFO of Xbox maker Microsoft, Tim Stuart, has said that artificial intelligence will allow anyone to make a game.

Speaking at the Wells Fargo TMT Summit – as reported by TechRaptor – said that this new technology will take care of much of the hard work involved in game development.

"On the developer side, you think about the millions and millions of dollars in a game spent on localisation, script, how you think about players moving from point A to point B and you have non-player characters have dialogue," he said.

"AI can take care of all that. You now say: 'I need the player to get from A to B' and instead of having to write thousands of lines of scripting or code, you just have the AI get you from A to B. Things like localisation and putting things in new languages.

"When we think about game testing, a million AI bots can run through a level of Minecraft and find where players get stuck, where they spend money, how they think about the level. So, this is -pun intended- game-changing for the developer."

He added: "The barista at your local Starbucks has an awesome idea for a game and they can now use Copilot and AI to go create a great mobile experience."

Of course, Microsoft wouldn't have any vested interest in helping boost the current AI boom. It certainly hasn't backed market leader OpenAI to the tune of billions of dollars.

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