Saturday, 20 October, 2018


Microsoft's xCloud Streams Xbox Games To Mobile, PC & Console

Microsoft looks to take Xbox experience onto mobile Microsoft reveals Project xCloud games streaming service - Industry - News
Melba Vasquez | 10 October, 2018, 17:04

The Xbox Project xCloud is Microsoft's game streaming service that allows you to play Xbox games on virtually all mobile phones and tablets.

Recently, Google launched a game streaming service test called Project Stream, and now Xbox is on the bandwagon with Project xCloud - and the project kinda makes sense for Big M. Good old Microsoft has the infrastructure to bring game streaming to more countries than PlayStation Now currently reaches.

Trials for the Xbox Project xCloud are due to start in 2019 and I can't wait to see how handheld gaming will be revolutionized once again. "Our goal with Project xCloud is to deliver a quality experience for all gamers on all devices that's consistent with the speed and high-fidelity gamers experience and expect on their PCs and consoles". Microsoft has not had a way to stream Xbox One content to mobile, but that's coming soon with the announcement of Project xCloud.

It also only streams to a handful of Sony devices or a PC, and requires a £50 wireless Sony controller to play games if you don't have a PlayStation 4. "Our focus is on delivering an incredible added experience to existing Xbox players and on empowering developers to scale to hundreds of millions of new players across devices".

The service is so-designed to be compatible with the existing and upcoming Xbox games with the help of a custom hardware built for data centers for harnessing the platform and console performance for several years. Rest assured, if a problem crops up in nearly any corner of the world, Microsoft will at the very least, be able to hear about it and take steps to ensure that the problem is solved as quickly as possible. Microsoft is in the process of developing game-specific profiles that will allow mobile devices to input complex controls found on consoles and PC with touch commands only.

The current Project xCloud "test experience" is running at 10Mbps, which is impressively low.

Over the past year there has been much talk about game streaming services which would allow gamers to stream titles much like you would do with series and movies on Netflix. It aims to deliver "high-quality experiences at the lowest possible bitrates that work across the widest possible networks", and that includes a promise for 4G and 5G rollout, too. The firm says that it is combating latency with "advances in networking topology, and video encoding and decoding" which sounds promising.

Microsoft themselves seem to be sure about the success of such an endeavour, in spite of the complexities they will inevitably face.

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