Monday, 22 October, 2018

Microsoft's New xCloud Game Streaming Service Announced

Microsoft Project xCloud Game Streaming Service Announced Microsoft unveils Xbox Project xCloud game streaming
Olivia Ford | 10 October, 2018, 06:07

You'll be able to play those games using an Xbox controller connected via Bluetooth, or by using a touchscreen overlay.

Back in June, during the Xbox E3 2018 press briefing, Xbox head Phil Spencer announced that cloud engineers were building a game streaming network that would be capable streaming console-quality games on any connected device. Microsoft also will continue to work on its next generation of Xbox consoles, with officials calling console gaming its "flagship service".

Microsoft has revealed Project xCloud, a realization of their plans to bring their titles, via streaming, to "any screen" while "empowering YOU, the gamers, to be at the center of your gaming experience".

Microsoft Corp. today previewed Project xCloud, an upcoming service meant to make video games that now require a personal computer or a gaming console playable on mobile devices.

Microsoft is bullish that they've solved the technology's greatest issue: latency. We'll begin public trials in 2019.

Microsoft is currently testing this now on smartphones and tablets, with an Xbox controller paired to them. For now, Xbox has its Game Pass service, which currently only supplies downloadable games to its subscribers.

In combination with improvements to the network, players should now expect high fidelity experiences across 4G and the upcoming 5G networks. To that end, the company is also working on game-specific touch controls for those who prefer them.

While this is being tested with mobile devices now, you can bet we'll also see this move over to PCs as well.

'We are testing Project xCloud today.

Nintendo uses streaming as well to stream games to the Nintendo Switch. We will scale those custom blades in datacenters across Azure regions over time.

Xbox One owners have been told about an interesting new service is being built by Microsoft with their console games collection in mind.

The service requires a subscription and users may pick any of the available games that Sony added to the service for streaming. Much like Google, who recently announced their own streaming service, Microsoft's research is making sure input latency is their biggest opponent.

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