Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Microsoft unveils Xbox Project xCloud game streaming

Microsoft unveils Xbox Project xCloud game streaming Microsoft plans 2019 beta for its mobile game streaming service
Kayla Schwartz | 08 October, 2018, 21:02

It was only a matter of time before Microsoft announced their previously teased plans for cloud gaming.

Silhouettes of laptop and mobile device users are seen next to a screen projection of Microsoft logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018.

The future of gaming is a world where you are empowered to play the games you want, with the people you want, whenever you want, wherever you are, and on any device of your choosing.

Microsoft isn't the first company to launch a video games streaming service, but Project xCloud being available on phones and tablets is quite unprecentended.

To realize this vision, we know we must make it easy for developers to bring their content to Project xCloud.

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Microsoft has been testing the xCloud service with Xbox pads connected to consoles, mobile devices, and PCs so far, and the company is in the middle of research to combat latency and ensure that streaming can be offered to players without a hitch - after all, that's what hamstrung services like Ouya, PlayStation Now and others so far.

Scaling and building out Project xCloud is a multi-year journey for us.

Public tests, unfortunately, won't get underway until sometime in 2019. Our focus is on delivering an wonderful added experience to existing Xbox players and on empowering developers to scale to hundreds of millions of new players across devices.

Project xCloud sounds like it has a lot of promise. Microsoft says that the test runs on devices paired with an Xbox Wireless Controller through Bluetooth, but that a game-specific touch input overlay is also being developed. Not only that, the streamed games are meant to be at PC and console-level fidelity and speed. Unlike other forms of digital entertainment, games are interactive experiences that dynamically change based on player input. Kareem Choudhry, Corporate Vice President, Gaming Cloud at Microsoft shared today the first details about the company's "state-of-the-art global game-streaming technology", which will go in public preview next year. Targeting 4G and 5G mobile networks for portable play may seem impossible, but Microsoft seems confident that they can make it work.

The test experience is now running at 10Mbps, with the company aiming to "deliver high-quality experiences at the lowest possible bitrate that work across the widest possible networks, taking into consideration the uniqueness of every device and network". Our goal is to deliver high-quality experiences at the lowest possible bitrate that work across the widest possible networks, taking into consideration the uniqueness of every device and network.

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