Monday, 12 November, 2018

Microsoft's Project xCloud will stream Xbox games to phones, tablets and more

Microsoft unveils Xbox Project xCloud game streaming Microsoft plans 2019 beta for its mobile game streaming service
Allan Lindsey | 10 October, 2018, 06:08

This would be a step beyond that, extending the Xbox franchise to the cloud that allow games to work on any device that meets the minimum processing requirements, perhaps even rival consoles like Sony's Playstation 4. The challenge is, of course, making the games available to stream. Users would be able to play their games no matter if they were on a phone or tablet.

Microsoft today revealed Project xCloud, a game streaming service that would bring the company's games to multiple devices, including mobile.

Microsoft already has increased datacenter bandwith and is working on new ways of video coding and decoding for the coming service, officials said. "With datacenters in 54 Azure regions and services available in 140 countries, Azure has the scale to deliver a great gaming experience for players worldwide, regardless of their location", say Microsoft.

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Public trials for xCloud begin next year, at which point we'll hear more about it.

You'll be able to use an Xbox controller hooked up to your mobile via Bluetooth, or if you want to dispense with that, Microsoft is promising touch controls that will work just fine as an alternative. For now, Xbox has its Game Pass service, which currently only supplies downloadable games to its subscribers. According to the video caption, what we're seeing in the example video is actual gameplay footage streamed to the Android phone via Project xCloud. It looks as though the future of gaming transitioning into a streaming service is starting to really look like a thing but I guess we'll have to wait and see how successful these tests actually do come 2019. The immersive nature of console and PC games often requires controls that are mapped to multiple keys, buttons, sticks and triggers.

However, there are internal tests for Project xCloud going on right now. Microsoft has built custom hardware for the service by taking its Xbox gaming console and breaking it into component parts, which are hosted in blades, they explained. We might buy cheaper hardware, that doesn't need to be so powerful, and combine it with a streaming subscription that lets us enjoy the best titles the gaming industry has to offer. The company promises a console-like experience on all devices.

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