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Phil Harrison forms new firm, uses unannounced Microsoft tech

Alloy Platform Industries will “stay in stealth mode” but former Microsoft exec has been planning “for over a year”
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Industry veteran Phil Harrison has revealed the first details of his plans following his departure from Microsoft.

First rumoured during GDC, it was confirmed last week that Harrison had in fact left the platform holder after three years.

Now the exec is forming his own company, named Alloy Platform Industries, which will be using secret Microsoft technology, according to GamesIndustry.

“I’m investing and investigating some new technology spaces, which if we are lucky and smart, will hopefully be catching [the next technology] wave,” he told the site.

“We’re in stealth mode at the moment, we’ll stay in stealth mode for a while. It’s very exciting and something I’ve been planning for a little over a year, in full consultation and collaboration with Microsoft, specifically with Phil Spencer. I’m taking a plunge into the start-up pool.”

Harrison goes on to say that Alloy has “licensed some technology from Microsoft”, which is expected to form the basis of its initial work. However, he was unable to give more details as it is “unannounced technology that nobody outside of Microsoft knows about”.

His comments all but rule out HoloLens, a tech concept that was unveiled earlier this year, but Harrison says the technology he is working with is “clearly related” to video games.

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