Microsoft unveils Xbox Project xCloud game streaming

Microsoft unveils Xbox Project xCloud game streaming

Microsoft Corp is testing a new game streaming service called Project xCloud that is created to work across PCs, consoles and mobile devices, the company said on Monday.

Microsoft said it's privately testing Project xCloud on smartphones and tablets now. We'll begin public trials in 2019. While game streaming still has some major hurdles to overcome like widespread lackluster internet speeds, Project xCloud definitely seems to be taking steps in the right direction.

The announcement comes a week after Google LLC revealed plans to launch a game streaming service of its own.

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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. Interestingly, Choudry also said that Microsoft is ensuring compatibility with existing and future Xbox games by developing customized hardware for data centers that can host component parts of Xbox One consoles. Project xCloud's state-of-the-art global game-streaming technology will offer you the freedom to play on the device you want without being locked to a particular device, empowering YOU, the gamers, to be at the center of your gaming experience. The company promises that it's working on all fronts to make sure this is a slick experience, including figuring out new ways of carrying out video encoding and decoding.

Microsoft's press release states this will require little to no extra work for developers, and that its prioritising low latency, maintaining the visual experience of the original games, and making the touch screen UI viable for multiple game types. Targeting 4G and 5G mobile networks for portable play may seem impossible, but Microsoft seems confident that they can make it work. The company's Xbox One console is among the most popular in the category and it has a prolific in-house game studio with several big titles under its belt.

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.

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