Microsoft Unveils Their Cloud-based Game Streaming Service - Project xCloud

Microsoft unveils Xbox Project xCloud game streaming

Microsoft unveils Xbox Project xCloud game streaming

Mobile is only one part of gaming, and with Google already heading to the PC gaming market with Project Stream.

Microsoft first talked about its cloud-based game streaming initiative back in March, before officially announcing the program at E3 a few months later. Microsoft says that Project xCloud will change all of that and place the gamer at the center of the gaming experience. Named Project xCloud, the service is set to enable gamers to play the games they want from any device they want.

Microsoft has revealed its ambitious quest to take on the world of video game streaming with the reveal of Project xCloud, a service which will allow users to stream AAA and indie games directly to "any" device.

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Microsoft says they are working on new tech to help combat issues of high latency and quality drops.

Public trials for xCloud begin next year, at which point we'll hear more about it. This means that Microsoft will be able to easily scale Project xCloud once it becomes a reality.

Whichever device you use, you'll be able to use touchscreen controls - which sounds pretty bad but has been proven surprisingly acceptable for things like Fortnite - or a proper Xbox controller via Bluetooth. The idea is that you can play the games on any device of your choosing, without having to pony up the money for a worthy machine.

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Public tests, unfortunately, won't get underway until sometime in 2019. This is also likely why Microsoft acquired PlayFab, a company that specialized Gaming as a service or GaaS, earlier in the year. The immersive nature of console and PC games often requires controls that are mapped to multiple keys, buttons, sticks and triggers.

While a lot of work has already gone into the project, the technology is still in its infancy, and Microsoft is predicting a "multi-year journey" before it's ready for consumers. We've seen Switch in Japan running more powerful games via streaming, and we've seen Assassin's Creed Odyssey announced for streaming via Chrome, so it really does seem like the streaming future is on the way.

Nintendo uses streaming as well to stream games to the Nintendo Switch. The company has also built custom server hardware that hosts components from multiple Xbox Ones, with plans to scale up as needed.

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