Monday, 15 October, 2018

Project xCloud is Microsoft’s game streaming service, trials to start in 2019

Microsoft unveils Xbox Project xCloud game streaming Microsoft plans 2019 beta for its mobile game streaming service
Troy Mann | 08 October, 2018, 21:01

Microsoft says it's working on various solutions to networking and video encoding; using dynamic scaling and other ways to minimise latency and provide what it claims will be a console level experience on whatever you're playing on. In the post, Microsoft details how they want to reach the point where games are "available on demand and accessible from any screen", via streaming, just like music and movies now are.

It looks like the journey to next gen and Xbox Scarlett starts here, with Microsoft announcing xCloud - a new streaming service that will play Xbox games on anything with an internet connection. Today, the company provided more details about "Project xCloud".

Silhouettes of laptop and mobile device users are seen next to a screen projection of Microsoft logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. Game-streaming services themselves are not new: Sony has its PlayStation Now service; Ubisoft is partnering with Google to have Assassin's Creed Odyssey stream in the Chrome browser; and Capcom's Resident Evil 7 is available on Nintendo Switch in Japan via streaming.

Microsoft apparently want this to be the first step towards a future where every game is available to players regardless of hardware owned, and that sure is an optimistic world to imagine.

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We are testing Project xCloud today. If you don't have an Xbox One controller, touch controls are also available.

"Ultimately, Project xCloud is about providing gamers - whether they prefer console or PC - new choices in when and where they play, while giving mobile-only players access to worlds, characters and immersive stories they haven't been able to experience before." wrote Corporate Vice President Kareem Choudhry.

According to an official press release, Project xCloud is now in the development testing phase, but public tests will begin sometime in 2019. Project xCloud will have the capability to make game streaming possible on 4G networks and will dynamically scale to push against the outer limits of what's possible on 5G networks as they roll out globally.

According to Microsoft, the current iteration of xCloud requires connection speeds of at least 10 megabits per second to stream games.

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