Microsoft unveils Project xCloud game streaming technology

Delia Walker
October 10, 2018

That is very different from the world of gaming we have today, where each of your devices has its individual gaming ecosystem.

On Monday, October 8, Microsoft came out with details on their own vision of videogame streaming's future: Project xCloud.

Microsoft has announced its new game-streaming service "Project xCloud" which will let Xbox players stream straight to other devices including phones and tablets.

Public tests of Microsoft Project xCloud are set to begin in 2019. So far as that goes, the current plan is for Microsoft to fill data centers with hardware that is capable of running and streaming console quality games. The only way to reach as many people as possible is to give them the ability to play games on whichever device they happen to use, be it a phone, tablet, or computer. Project xCloud is also positioned to be big for developers by allowing them to scale to "hundreds of millions of new players across devices" according to Microsoft.

Microsoft has announced that it has developed custom hardware in its data centers to ensure the xCloud service is compatible with all existing - and future!

Microsoft says it's now testing out Project xCloud and plans to open up tests to the public next year. To that end, the company is also working on game-specific touch controls for those who prefer them. It's still in early stages of development while Microsoft tweaks and hones its servers to tackle hard obstacles like latency, frame-rate dips, and preserving graphical fidelity while streaming. It could be a game changer, what if you could stream Xbox games to PlayStation or Nintendo?

It's clear that Microsoft is pouring a lot of money into xCloud's funding.

Microsoft revealed the new cloud streaming service during the company's keynote on the E3 2018 conference. Xbox and Project xCloud merely share a letter.

It's not yet clear how fast your connection will need to be to enjoy a seamless gaming experience, but Microsoft says 4G and 5G connections will be supported. With datacenters in 54 Azure regions and services available in 140 countries, Azure has the scale to deliver a great gaming experience for players worldwide, regardless of their location.

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