Microsoft xCloud will allow playing games from cloud service

Joanna Estrada
October 10, 2018

Choudhry also spoke of Microsoft's desire to get Project xCloud running via 4G and 5G mobile networks and addressed the knottiest of issues for game-streaming services, the amount of bandwidth required: "Currently, the test experience is running at 10 megabits per second".

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. Trials will start next year and will allow gamers to take the same content from games built for the Xbox console and PC onto their smartphones, using a Bluetooth enabled handset or an under-development touch overlay. Developers of the more than 3,000 games available on Xbox One today, and those building the thousands that are coming in the future, will be able to deploy and dramatically scale access to their games across all devices on Project xCloud with no additional work. Theoretically, game streaming should be possible on very modest hardware, so an expensive gaming PC or console won't be a requirement for AAA titles.

Billed as a "multi-year journey" for Microsoft, the project will see games hosted and streamed from the 54 datacentre regions that make up Azure, giving the initiative a global reach into 140 countries, it is claimed.

How do you guys feel about Microsoft's xCloud? One of the key projects which will help to carry us to this future world is Project xCloud. No details were given for how to qualify for these public tests, but this too will probably be revealed further onwards. Indeed, we still have the X018 event on November 10th, which Project xCloud was announced ahead of. Earlier in October, Ubisoft and Google announced a partnership where the upcoming Assassin's Creed Odyssey could be streamed on the Chrome browser. It had some glitches but some of the big gaming companies had been working on it to make streaming games possible. Time will tell who will follow. As a journalist Carmen has contributed to NPR News Blog, Outdoor Magazine and many other publications. Don't forget to view the xCloud announcement trailer below, which is a nice near-four minute watch and shows the service in action. Microsoft is in a particularly unique position to tackle this problem, as the company has many years of experience as a platform holder across multiple segments, including cloud, consoles and PC.

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