Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Microsoft Announced Its New Game Streaming Service ‘Project xCloud’

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

"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", explains corporate vice president for Gaming Cloud at Microsoft, Kareem Choudhry. The service is now being tested internally and "trials" will be available for everyone in 2019.

The Xbox One console is a great device where you can play lots of awesome games such as Halo 5, Forza Horizon 4 and more. Project xCloud is a major leap for the company as it will provide its users with the Xbox experience through various devices such as mobile and tablet devices. "We are testing Project xCloud today", wrote Microsoft in the announcement.

The premise of xCloud seems to mirror that of the Xbox Play Anywhere initiative, which allowed players to purchase a game and then play it on their Windows 10 PC or their Xbox One.

Ousted Guardians of the Galaxy director switches camps, tied to new DC Comics film
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Microsoft has finally announced details of its cloud-powered streaming technology, now called Project xCloud, which has been in the works for a while now. A new customisable blade hosts the component parts of multiple Xbox One consoles, as well as its associated infrastructure. The test runs on mobile phones and tablets paired with an Xbox controller via Bluetooth. Essentially, if you want to play using entirely touch-screen controls, Microsoft is looking to make that playstyle feel just as deep as a controller would.

Over the a year ago 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. 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. "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". Microsoft acknowledges the issue and says that they are working on it. The firm holds all the same to indicate that the "developers and researchers at Microsoft Research are in the process of developing different ways of tackling the latency through advances in network topology, as well as in encoding and decoding video".

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