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Project xCloud announced by Microsoft

08 October, 2018, 20:59 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • Microsoft unveils Xbox Project xCloud game streaming

Mobile streaming seems to be a major focus of Project xCloud, and Microsoft already has the hardware and accessories to facilitate it. Microsoft is now testing Project xCloud on smartphones and tablets that have been paired with an Xbox One controller through Bluetooth. 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. Even before it confirmed its game streaming ambitions with a brief announcement at E3 2018, there were more than a few rumors that suggested game streaming would be a major focus at Microsoft in the future. Now, the company has lifted the lid on its service, which involves using custom-built Xbox "blade" hardware in datacenters across Azure regions to stream Xbox One games to various devices.

Microsoft's Project xCloud service is in testing. It could be a game changer, what if you could stream Xbox games to PlayStation or Nintendo? There's also support for 4G and 5G networks-when the latter rolls out.

"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.


Project xCloud sounds like it has a lot of promise. If you don't have an Xbox One controller, touch controls are also available. Anyway, the public preview won't launch until next year and we should learn details more about Project xCloud in the coming months. In addition to solving latency, other important considerations are supporting the graphical fidelity and framerates that preserve the artist's original intentions, and the type of input a player has available.

Developers and researchers at Microsoft Research are creating ways to combat latency through advances in networking topology, and video encoding and decoding. Currently, the test experience is running at 10 megabits per second.

Microsoft's and Google's push into game streaming come as carries worldwide start bringing the first 5G networks online.

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